Not Quite Nutcracker: Halloween Ballet Features Stoker’s “Dracula”

October 18, 2006

"It’s a priceless lesson for the dancers. They're learning to share their art in ways that give back to the community."

It very well may be the only kid- and family-friendly version of “Dracula” you see this Halloween season. And it’s undoubtedly the only time you’ll ever see a vampire laced up in ballet slippers.

Pittsford Dance Studio students have been working hard to present an original, not-too-spooky ballet rendition of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” love story. All proceeds from the two performances, set for 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Mercy High School’s auditorium, will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. 

“It’s an original production, and it’s a priceless lesson for the dancers. They're learning to share their art in ways that give back to the community,” said Brenda Bobby, owner of Pittsford Dance Studio. 

The performances star 28 area dancers, all 10 to 17 years old, who have been working hard since August and hope to raise $2,000 for the region’s only children’s hospital.

“It’s really been a community effort,” Bobby said. “Wendy’s restaurants have printed programs, Associated Textile has donated t-shirts, city schools have shared props and Halloween Costume Warehouse has given deep discounts on costuming.”

Tickets cost $5 each and are available at the door or in advance by calling (585) 381-5460. T-shirts on sale at the event (cash only, please) will also benefit the hospital.

For more information on the "Dracula" production, or for more details on how you can hold a benefit for the children’s hospital, please call Linda Dirksen at (585) 273-5939, or visit www.gchas.org.

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