PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Dance Theater had their annual Nutcracker performance this weekend at the Kurtz Performing Arts Center at the William Penn Charter School.

Joy Delaney Capponi, the artistic director of the Philadelphia Dance Theater, says this year’s Nutcracker celebrates the historical neighborhoods of Northwest Philadelphia; Germantown, Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy.

“The first party scene, the opening scene is in the Thomas Mansion, which is an historic mansion in Germantown and then the snow scene is Tommy’s Hill which is a really, really popular sledding spot here and it features the native trees of Fairmount Park.”

Capponi says it takes a lot of practice to put on this performance — and for the children involved, it’s very important.

“Some of them have been doing this for 10, 11, 12 years. They start at seven years old so there’s a tremendous amount of tradition and just energy that goes into this ballet.”

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

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