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Some of the dancers discussing benefits of practicing with professionals after rehearsing for The Nutcracker at the North Carolina  Academy of Dance Arts.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)
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Some of the dancers discussing benefits of practicing with professionals after rehearsing for The Nutcracker at the North Carolina Academy of Dance Arts. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Professional dancers join production

By Kim Grizzard

The Daily Reflector

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The one weekend out of six that Richard Krusch is not dancing with Carolina Ballet in The Nutcracker, he is spending in Greenville with Dance Arts Theatre, performing The Nutcracker ballet.

Krusch is among four members of Carolina Ballet spending their one weekend off during the holiday season performing the classic ballet in East Carolina University’s Wright Auditorium. Krusch’s fellow principal dancers — Timour Bourtasenkov, Gabor Kapin and Lilyan Vigo Ellis — also will share the stage for this weekend’s production. Other guest performers include Kelsey Tipton, a graduate of the ECU School of Theatre and Dance; Cheetah Platt, formerly of Cirque Du Soleil; and Oliver Beres of New Jersey Ballet, a former member of Carolina Ballet.


It is the largest representation of guest artists from a single professional company in the 21-year history of the local production, a fundraiser that since 2001 has generated more than $80,000 for Children’s Miracle Network.

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