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Stowe Today: Local dancers land lead role in ‘Nutcracker’

Three local dancers will play the pivotal role of Clara in the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s 45th annual presentation of “The Nutcracker” at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts in Burlington Nov. 24 and 25.

Ryder Wise will be Clara in the show Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. and Makayla Courtemanche will play the role Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. Both are with Stowe Dance Academy.

In addition, Colleen Clark of Fairfax will be Clara in the show Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.

“The Nutcracker,” Set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music, celebrates the magic of the holiday season.

Ryder and Makayla have studied at Stowe Dance Academy since they were very young and currently take classes six days a week at the studio. Ryder and Makayla are also members of the Stowe Dance competitive dance company TRIP.

“I am so proud of my students for their endless energy,” said Helena Sullivan, owner of Stowe Dance Academy. “These girls work very hard, constantly improving and sharing their love of dance with those around them. It is very exciting to see them perform as Clara — something they have dreamed of for a long time.”

This year, the Albany Berkshire Ballet’s company of 15 dancers includes international performers and professionals from New York and Massachusetts. The three performances at the Flynn will also include more than 100 young dancers from this region, ranging in age from 4 to 16, taking on the roles of reindeer, mini-mice, clowns, party children, maids, soldiers and more.

Tickets range from $19 to $43 at

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