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Pas de Vie Ballet ushers in Tallahassee’s holiday season with "The Nutcracker"

two ballet shoes signify "The Nutcracker" ballet

If you’re looking for post-Thanksgiving entertainment, Tallahassee’s Pas de Vie Ballet returns to Lee Hall Auditorium at Florida A&M University (FAMU) this weekend for their annual production of The Nutcracker. The production features a “multicultural” cast aged 6 to adult.

“We’ve been enjoying performing at FAMU Lee Hall for well over a decade now, so it definitely feels like home for us,” says Natalia Botha, co-director of Pas de Vie Ballet. “Several of our dancers who used to perform The Nutcracker many years back at Lee Hall are now the extremely knowledgeable volunteers making sure everyone is beautifully costumed and swiftly changed from one role to the next in a matter of less than one minute.”

The 35-year-old Pas de Vie Ballet company takes its name from the French "step of life.” Botha serves as artistic director alongside ballet master, Charles Hagan.

In addition to launching the holiday season with a show filled with snow, sweets, and stunning choreography, the dance company is offering a pay-what-you-can pricing system. The listed ticket prices are only suggestions, and buyers have the option of paying less.

Performances of The Nutcracker at Lee Hall Auditorium on the FAMU campus:
*Saturday, Nov. 26, 10 am - abbreviated one hour show where young audience members can meet the characters afterward.
*Saturday, Nov. 26, 8:00 pm
*Sunday, Nov. 27, 2:30 pm

Click herefor more information about the production and show tickets.

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Pas de Vie Ballet

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.