Students Enjoyed Pre-Christmas “Nutcracker Sweets”

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ELIZABETH–The School of the Garden State Ballet traveled to Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth just before Christmas to stage “Nutcracker Sweets”, a unique sampling of Tchaikovsky’s beloved work. Three Benedictine Academy students who are members of the ballet company, participated.

Senior Crismeldy Segura (Newark), and juniors Norky Diaz (Newark) and Heidy Isabel (Bloomfield), who all also happen to be cousins, have been members of the School of the Garden State Ballet for nearly eleven years. They amazed all present with their talent and professionalism. The performance dazzled everyone and brought joy to the entire student body, faculty and staff, who watched with great enthusiasm.

Cousins, Norky Diaz, Heidi Isabel and Crismeldy Segura (l-r), all students at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, performed in the School of the Garden State Ballet’s “Nutcracker Sweets” staged at the Academy on December 21. The trio has been dancing with the Ballet Company for nearly eleven years. Benedictine Academy is a Catholic all-female secondary school. (All photos courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

The company of the School of the Garden State Ballet began its performance with the “Party Scene” from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”, staged at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth prior to Christmas. Three Benedictine Academy students are members of the ballet company, which is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of promoting and appreciating dance.

Benedictine Academy’s Norky Diaz (far left), as the “Sugar Angel Queen” dances with Guest Artist Todd Schlader in the “Kingdom of Sweets” during the School of the Garden State Ballet’s performance of “Nutcracker Sweets” at Benedictine Academy on December 21. Diaz, a junior at Benedictine Academy, has been dancing with the ballet school for eleven years.

Sugar Plum Fairy Crismeldy Segura, a senior at Benedictine Academy, dances the Gran Pas De Deux with the Prince (Todd Schlader) during a performance of “Nutcracker Sweets”. The School of the Garden State Ballet performed the abridged version of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic at the Academy on December 21. Segura, who has danced with the ballet school for eleven years, performed along with her two cousins, Norky Diaz and Heidy Isabel.

Heidy Isabel (foreground, left- kneeling) and cousin Norky Diaz, (foreground, right- kneeling) take bows during the finale of “Nutcracker Sweets” in which they performed at their school, Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth. The girls, both juniors at the Academy, belong to the Garden State School of Ballet. They and cousin Crismeldy Segura, another BA student, danced in the land of snow angels, sugar plum fairies, princes and dew drops during a performance on December 21.


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