Performing at nursing homes and assisted-living locations, the dancers from Dance Images learn what it is to put on performances for love.
Now those girls, ages 10 to 17, will take those lessons and use them in a show designed to entertain and help Tinley Park residents in need.
"I was watching the hurricane victims on the East Coast," said Diane King, owner of Dance Images. "I thought these people have nothing right now. They have no clothing, they have no food. I thought we could do a performance and help the local food pantry, so we are."
That's why the dance studio's performance of A Nutcracker Story at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Tinley Park Performing Arts Center will help the village's hungry. Advance tickets cost $2 and a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the Tinley Park Food Pantry. Tickets at the door cost $3.
"We try and give back, says King. We want to teach them there are families that don't have what they have. We'd like to make this an annual event."
Starting back in August, 14 dancers began working on choreography to A Nutcracker Story.
"The program is about a half hour," King said. "I tell the story. It's not true to form like in the larger auditoriums. The youngest is 10, and the oldest is a senior in high school."
Tickets for the performance can be purchased at Dance Images or from any of the dancers. The performing dancers include: Kathryn Stranczek, Kellie Kwiatkowski, Gabrielle Strunka, Kate Dempsey, Elizabeth Dempsey, Gienna Gaeta, Emma Jones, Emil Malinowski, Elizabeth Baier, Camille Jones, Chelsea Wells, Renee Ruchala and Amanda Childs.
A Nutcracker Story
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19
Cost: Advance tickets are $2 and a non-perishable food item. Tickets at the door are $3 and a non-perishable food item.
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