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Royal Oaks Elementary students learn about the Nutcracker

Ballerina Dusty Button poses with student, Peyton Huber

First-grade students at Royal Oaks Elementary learned about the Nutcracker from the star of Ballet Minnesota’s 30th-anniversary production of “The Classic Nutcracker” on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Dusty Button, the ballerina who will appear as the Sugar Plum Fairy, talked to the first-grade class of Peyton Huber, one of Ballet Minnesota’s youngest dancers. Peyton will also be performing in “The Classic Nutcracker” as a mouse. This will be her third year as a mouse in Ballet Minnesota’s annual production.  

“We’re fortunate to have unique access to a winter classic, giving the students an up-close look at ballet and the performing arts,” said Principal Susan Risius. “We are thankful to the mom of Peyton Huber and Ballet Minnesota Executive Director, Taylor Huber, for providing this access to our students.” 

Button read “The Nutcracker” to the class and explained how it is brought to life through ballet. Button also answered questions from the students, explaining how she became a professional dancer and what kind of training and skill it requires. Button also taught the students a few steps from the ballet. 

Peyton’s class saw her and Button perform in a special performance of the classic ballet on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Ballet Minnesota’s public performances of “The Classic Nutcracker” will be held on Dec. 15-17 at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.