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A ‘Nut’ above: Local theater troupe stages impressive rendition of ‘The Nutcracker’ • Brooklyn Paper

A ‘Nut’ above: Local theater troupe stages impressive rendition of ‘The Nutcracker’

Dance off: Kids from the Triple Threat dance company showed off their moves in a performance of “The Nutcracker” on Sunday.
Photo by Caleb Caldwell

These young performers did not toy around!

Dozens of up-and-coming dancers broke out their best moves for a local theater company’s near flawless production of “The Nutcracker” at a Windsor Terrace high school on Dec. 17, which the show’s director cheered as the smoothest in five years.

“The music, the lighting, the kids going on and off, the costume changes — everything was smooth,” said Dana Senisi, who runs the Bensonhurst-based Triple Threat Performing Arts Company.

The troupe of 4-to-20-year-old jitterbugs prepared for their rendition of the Tchaikovsky-scored Christmas classic with practices five nights a week, and their training showed, according to the mom of two youngsters who performed.

“It was amazing,” said Bensonhurst local Dominique D’Onofrio, whose kids Penelope and Giovanni pranced in the show. “They worked really hard.”

Experienced dancers also graced the stage at Bishop Ford High School’s theater in the production, including Senisi’s sister, who worked with the aspiring performers and gave them a taste of life as a professional ballerina, the director said.

“A lot of these kids want to be pro dancers, and its good to have working dancers around so they can see how they work,” she said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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