On June 8, 2016

Local youth to be featured in ballet production of “The Little Mermaid”

Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m. — RUTLAND — Vermont Center for Dance Education is proud to announce its annual full-length ballet production of “The Little Mermaid” on June 12 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Area youth ages 4 to 18 have been working since January on what promises to be a very professional show.

“The Little Mermaid” is the fourth full-length ballet Vermont Center for Dance Education has produced in as many years. The show will feature 46 area students with scores of incredible costumes and scenery carefully constructed by family and friends of the dancers,

The title role will be danced by Charlotte Kearns, with Hannah Gustafson as the sea witch and Manolo Zelkin as the prince. Emily Dupont, Kristina Hilliard and Carley Lund will portray the roles of the mermaid sisters and Zoë Marr Hilliard has been cast as the grandmother.

The artistic director of the center is Stefania Nardi.

A native of Italy, Ms. Nardi graduated from the teacher training program of the prestigious National Academy of Dance in Rome. After moving to Vermont, Ms. Nardi became a faculty member of the Adams School of Dance, which she took over in 2011, renaming it Vermont Center for Dance Education.

Tickets for “The Little Mermaid” are $15 to 25, at paramountvt.org.

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