Beloved holiday ballet has become an annual tradition in Marquette

Scenes from previous versions of the Nutcracker Ballet in Marquette. (Photos courtesy of Camilla Mingay Photography)

By Elizabeth Fust
You’ve probably already heard the tune this season. It’s already gotten stuck in your head since it’s been played in commercials and over the radio, and little girls hum it as they go to and from their dance classes: The Nutcracker Suite. That tune and the story behind it, which began its tradition as a holiday book and most recently a movie adaptation, comes alive this December in Marquette’s community as dancers have come together to put on The Nutcracker Ballet.
The Marquette community Nutcracker was started just over ten years ago, when local studios banded together to put on a production no one could put on alone. The Nutcracker Ballet of Marquette is sponsored by Second Skin Shop and Kaufman Auditorium. Second Skin Shop, the largest dance supply store in the U.P., is located in downtown Marquette. Co-owner Camilla Mingay is the director of the production and meets with local artists and choreographers months in advance to discuss who wants to choreograph which dances set to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. This year, there are nine choreographers splitting the dances among them. That’s nine choreographers managing a production with one hundred dancers with experience ranging from professional to none at all.

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