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YMCA Youth Ballet presents ‘Nutcracker,’ Holly Jolly Christmas

YMCA's Nutcracker dancers. (Courtesy)

YMCA's Nutcracker dancers. (Courtesy)

The James Family Prescott YMCA is putting on its annual Holly Jolly Christmas dance recital followed by a rendition of scenes from “The Nutcracker,” with multiple chances to see it.

Every year, there’s new kids participating gin the program and this year is no different, said YMCA Dance Program Coordinator Katy Gifford.

“We actually have quite a few new kids this year,’ Gifford said. “I would say about half the kids that are in it are new.”

The amount of new kids is because some of those in the dance program have left ballet but are still in the program because they have found what they love to do, she said.

This year will have a performance of the selections from “The Nutcracker” at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St., at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 and a full performance of the Holly Jolly Christmas dance recital and the selections from “The Nutcracker” at Prescott High School’s Ruth Street Theater, 1050 Ruth St., at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

For the Ruth Street Theater show, advance tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for youth 3 to 9 and free for children 2 and younger. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $9 for youth 3 to 9 and free for children 2 and younger.

There is no cost for the show at the library.

The YMCA is the only organization in Prescott to put on “The Nutcracker” in any form and this year will have more pieces in the show that weren’t included last year as well as some more boys, Gifford said. Further, the recital has some additions with a musical theater piece and some duets and solos from some kids who have been in the program for a while, she said.

“They’re coming into their own,” Gifford said. “They are choreographing their own pieces.”

The recital also showcases the YMCA’s special needs dance program which shows that kids with special needs can dance like any other kid can, she said.

The kids have really worked their heart out this year, Gifford said.

For more information, contact the James Family Prescott YMCA at 928-445-7221 or visit www.prescottymca.org.