NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - There's a lot of practice that goes into the New Orleans Ballet Association's performance of The Nutcracker Suite, a story that follows the adventures of a little girl and her prized gift, a nutcracker, who comes to life.
"It elevates every single year and we acquire new costumes but it showcases the community and all of our participants in our tuition free programs," says NOBA’s executive director Jenny Hamilton.
Hamilton says The Nutcracker Suite is an "inter-generational" program, giving families the opportunity to perform together.
"We have a grandparent scene in the party scene of the nutcracker every year and it's absolutely one of the most special things, to watch these seniors dancing and these children dancing together," says Hamilton.
"I just announced to the girls about a week ago because I really wanted to surprise them and you should have seen their faces, they said 'Ah Mimi! You're going to come dance with us?' I said yes," says Edna LeBoyd, a senior who will be performing alongside her granddaughters in this year’s performance.
This is LeBoyd’s first time performing in The Nutcracker Suite and her granddaughters Caila and Kaitlin Baldwin are perfecting their skills on the dance floor, making sure this year's performance is both mesmerizing and fun.
"The girls are excited and I think it's great. I enjoy watching them develop their skills," says LeBoyd.
The performance will be held at Dixon Hall at Tulane University on Sunday, December 4th at 3pm and 6pm.
Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.
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