Fabulous Feet Tread in Historic Steps as Ms. Doreen Presents 13th Annual Nutcracker Performances

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Thumbnail image for nutcracker 2.jpgOn December 18, 1892, the Nutcracker World Premiere was held at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and music by Tchaikovsky. In February 1954, American impressario George Balanchine choreographed a full-length version of the Nutcracker. Performed by New York City Ballet and presented at the New York City Center, the Balanchine production inspired many other productions around the globe. And now, each year, it is a tradition that the Mouse King is defeated by the brave and true Nutcracker and a tired little girl's Christmas dream inspires a ballet known the world over.


In Metuchen, every holiday season brings a new performance of the ageless classic, as performed by Ms. Doreen's Fabulous Feet Dance Ensemble. With a cast of over 100 students, teachers and family members, this colorful, whimsical adaptation of the timeless ballet engages and delights fans of all ages. A high-quality dance performance from the area's premier dance school, the 13th Annual Tchaikovsky's Classical Nutcracker Suite at Middlesex County College on Sunday, December 21st 2008. There will be two performances: 1:00pm & 5:00pm. All tickets are reserved seating and are $15 each. Call the studio at 732-548-5278 for tickets and information for this truly fabulous holiday treat!

Ballet dancers must audition for their hard-earned part in the program and a serious schedule of rehearsals leads to the professional-quality performance each December. "Ms. Doreen", aka Doreen Graham Padilla, has said about this exciting event, "our Nutcracker was created over 13 years ago with the love and dedication of many people for the enrichment of our students. We take great pride and pleasure in the fact that we were the first dance company to bring Tchaikovsky's Traditional Nutcracker to Metuchen and that it has become a holiday favorite throughout the Metuchen/Edison area. We hope it adds a special joy to your celebration of the holiday season!"


Ms. Doreen's Fabulous Feet School of Dance and Gymnastics is located at 16 Jersey Avenue in Metuchen. Ms. Doreen has been a dancer since the age of 3. She received her early dance training at the top-rated N.J. Dance Studios and from age 12 on commuted into Manhattan to take specialized classes with master teachers. To this day, she continues to study in New York City and attends professional workshops and conventions. She has performed and choreographed in numerous school productions and community theater groups and was an original member in the "Park Dance Company" of Roosevelt Park in Edison. Her life ambition has focused always on becoming a dance educator and owning her own studio, her very own dream come true.

Ms. Doreen is a member of the Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, Inc., and has been a part of the professional dance community for over 30 years, the last 17 of which have been as the owner and director of the renowned Fabulous Feet Studio.  With her passionate love of dance, her heartfelt caring about her students, and an intense dedication to excellence, "quality education" is her personal and professional goal as well as her studio's slogan.

Presenting all students with the solid foundation they need to become proficient dancers and performers themselves, Ms. Doreen's Fabulous Feet School of Dance and Gymnastics also offers a wide variety of dance, gymnastics and fitness classes and dancers of all ages are encouraged to call the studio for the new year's schedule. Annual recitals take place in June at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick. Registration is available all year long and tours of the studio are available upon request.

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