The Nutcracker, a family tradition

Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 15:21 PM.

"A lot of the credit goes to Noreen," said Brittany Swain, dance instructor. "She makes it different each year by adding and changing parts. It keeps the ballet exciting."

Tickets for "The Nutcracker" are $20 at the door or $15 presale. Proceeds raised help fund the production, but also provides scholarships to Ballet Conservatory and Destin School of Music and Dance.

If "The Nutcracker" is not already part of your holiday festivities, it might be time to take a break from the 24-hour "A Christmas Story" marathon and enjoy a night at the ballet.

"I love the story," said 16-year-old Samantha Savoie, who will dance in both Act I and II as a snowflake and the lead Russian Candy Cane dancer. "It's part of my Christmas and a great event to for the family."

"We always look forward do it every year," added her mom, Jennifer Savoie. "It's our family tradition."

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