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Local dancers to perform in Nashville Ballet's 'Nashville's Nutcracker'

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Nashville Ballet has selected 11 dancers from Wilson County to perform Dec. 3 through 23 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's (TPAC) Jackson Hall as a part of the youth cast for "Nashville's Nutcracker."

This year's youth cast is Nashville Ballet's largest to date, with 251 dancers from Middle Tennessee and the surrounding areas to perform alongside the professional company in the holiday favorite.

"Nashville's Nutcracker" will feature the following dancers from Wilson County: Grace Agosta, child of Tim and Leslie, as a Native American soldier; Mariana Campos, child of Rocio, as a member of Andrew Jackson's Cavalry; Annie Cater, child of Diane and Jeff, as Clara; Olivia Dugdale, child of Angela Wilsdorf and Jonathan Dugdale, as a garden fairy; Winston Dugdale, child of Angela Wilsdorf and Jonathan Dugdale, as a party boy; Blair Gipe, child of Janice Gipe-Penny and Gary King, as a Native American soldier; Sophia Lanham, child of Jennifer and Stephen, as a baby mouse; Katie Belle Raymond, child of Alan and Michele, as a bon bon; Embree Unick, child of Chris, as a Russian nesting doll; Elianah Vanderschoot, child of Matthew and Serenity, as a bon bon; and Isabel Wells, child of Alison and Steve, as a bon bon.

"'Nashville's Nutcracker' simply wouldn't be complete without the youth cast," Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet artistic director and CEO, said. "They bring a new, vibrant energy to each performance that's contagious for both the performers and audience members. Giving the youth in our community an opportunity to perform in this holiday tradition adds to the magic of the season for them - and for us."

This year's "Nashville Nutcracker" youth cast members were selected from community-wide, open auditions. Members of the youth cast come from 12 counties throughout Middle Tennessee and Kentucky. They will perform alongside all 47 members of Nashville Ballet's professional company and second company. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at

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