Former Intermountain Indian School instructor and Smithsonian-honored artist has work at BC Museum
January 17, 2018 • Mary Alice Hobbs • Guest writer
Did you know that Allan Houser, the world renowned sculptor and painter who has work in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery, both in Washington D.C., taught art at the Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City from 1951 to 1962? Houser was also the first Native American to receive the National Medal of Arts awarded at the White House by President George H. W. Bush. Houser was born on June 30, 1914, on the family farm near Apache, Oklahoma, and Fort Sill. His parents were Sam and Blossom Haozous, Chiricahua Apaches. In 1934, Houser left Oklahoma at age 20 to study at Dorothy Dunn’s Art Studio at the Santa Fe Indian School. World War II interrupted Houser’s life and career path. He moved his growing family to Los Angeles where he found work in the shipyards. He worked by day and continued to paint and sculpt by night. In 1949, the artist received a Guggenheim Fellowship in sculpture and painting, which granted him two years to work on art and still provide for his family. When the fellowship came to an end, he accepted a job as an art teacher at the Intermountain Indian School. In 1962, Houser joined the faculty of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After 13 years at IAIA, Houser retired from teaching to devote himself to sculpture. In 1994, Houser presented the United States government with the sculpture “May We Have Peace.” The artist said, “It’s a gift to the people of the United States from the First Peoples.” Houser died the same year. Houser’s painting “The Buffalo Hunt” is included in the Hinckley Art Collection at the Brigham City Museum of Art and History.
Big business building hits Brigham City Main Street vendors
January 10, 2018 • Loni Newby • Associate editor
Several female entrepreneurs in Brigham City had a unique experience in proactive business building with a nationwide program through Women’s Leadership LIVE (WLL), an organization dedicated to identifying emerging small business entrepreneurs and which works in collaboration with the Home Shopping Network (HSN) American Dreams program. WLL was founded by Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon, Stacey Schieffelin and Debbie Saviano. Combined the women represent multi-billion-dollar business successes. Their work/life balance includes family, community service, self-improvement and self-care that they feel is of paramount importance for women to succeed in business. Wendy English, Director of Brigham City Small Business Development Center, first met Schieffelin through a conference she attended in Washington D.C. regarding crowdfunding for small businesses. The pair hit it off and formed a professional friendship. Stacey Schieffelin is a familiar face as a former Ford model, and also from HSN where she sells her cosmetic line, Your Best Friend (ybf) Beauty. Debbie Saviano is a well-known Social Media Design Strategist and expert in online influence. English found their personal commitment to providing learning opportunities by way of seminars and events for small businesses refreshing. Schieffelin told English that they would be visiting Utah, and English extended an invitation to see her hometown. “When I was in Washington we met and we just made friends, we kept in touch. She was coming to Utah about a year ago and I invited her to Brigham,” said English of their first visit, “I had some of our business owners in Brigham City do a little presentation for them.” English said, “What they are doing is going across the country, finding women-owned small businesses, storefronts and otherwise. They worked out a deal with the Home Shopping Network, where once a month they show product from these women owned businesses.” During that informal visit English introduced them to several area businesses; Debbie and Stacey were charmed by the city. And saw how it would fit well into their Shop Main Street America initiative. Arrangements were made for a trip with representation from WLL. Stacey Schieffelin, Debbie Saviano, and Sharon Tochterman spent December 20 in Brigham City visiting vendors on Main Street. Traveling from Texas they were concerned about Utah winter weather, braved the snow flurries in their leased Toyota Landcruiser to shop Main Street. Four local businesses were highlighted by way of streaming LIVE on their Facebook page. Monarch, Consignology, Village Dry Goods and Treebee Soap were all featured in separate live videos which streamed over Facebook to their followers, and are still available for viewing. Thousands of viewers have been introduced to these Brigham City businesses through these videos as the businesses owners shared their products and business history with the Women’s Leadership LIVE team showcasing their entrepreneurial spirit. On her Facebook live stream Fran Leslie owner of Village Dry Goods, chronicled the history of her store which began in a small location, moved to the corner building. They finally purchased their current location where they were able to completely gut the space and refinish the building to her design. In that time she went from employee to partner, and with the leaving of one partner and the passing of another Leslie is now at the helm on her own. She is quick to credit the team of strong women who support her venture, however. Leslie credited English with her continued efforts to find small business loans which enabled the purchase and remodel of the space. She also acknowledged the female-led museum which hosts the acclaimed International Quilt Invitational each year which has brought shoppers from around the world into Village Dry Goods. Donna Walker, of Consignology, is a transplant from Texas who fell in love with Brigham City’s tree-lined Main Street. She spoke of her background with fashion and interior designer which helps her keep truly high-end, impeccable taste which elevates the quality of the items showcased. Walker took the time to highlight local artist Lynette Reeder’s artwork and ornaments. Walker helps to act as a motivator to inspire the ballet pieces that were popular during the winter season, and also to spotlight Classical Youth Ballet. Walker and her husband, David, began the non-profit organization Historic Downtown Brigham City. Walker has drawn many parallels with her relocation and her favorite film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” when she stumbled across Brigham City. In her four years of business ownership she has loved watching one by one as neighboring businesses flourish. Walker’s second business connected to Consignology is “Romantic Remnants,” which is more of a gift shop, boutique. Michele Whitley of Monarch carries gifts and over 100 types of teas which are popular alongside her tea parties which have evolved from her initial concept of wedding décor. The symbolism of her business name comes from suddenly seeing Monarch butterflies everywhere after the passing of her mother. Whitley’s focus is in appreciating the finer things, not saving the finery for special occasions, “It’s about living life beautifully...do it every day, enjoy it everyday,” said Whitley who hosts tea parties and etiquette classes for groups from 5-18 people which have been well-received by all ages. Although it was fun for Schieffelin and Saviano to shop the locations and get to know the entrepreneurs, there was also a greater purpose behind their visits. “They are scouting talent. The ones they aren’t having on the show, they did do business consulting with and have worked a little bit with the clients of Box Elder County,” said English. Of those four businesses visited, Treebee Soap, was selected for the WLL Shop Main Street America Initiative. Teresa Wyatt, owner of Treebee soaps was thrilled with the visibility of her WLL FB live event with over 4,500 views and even more excited for the opportunity. Wyatt crafts her soaps, lotions and body butters by hand, with a specific focus on the quality ingredients and fragrances. English is now helping to coordinate with Wyatt on how to fuel the inventory to keep up with a national demand with the visibility boost HSN will give her. Wyatt said, “It was absolutely fantastic! I feel honored and humbled that they chose to come and see my little store!” “After starting my business nearly 12 years ago from a very small bar of soap, it has been a lot of work but brought me a lot of happiness,” Wyatt said that the business has kept her going through personal hardships like the death of her son, the loss of her husband’s job, a move out of state and other obstacles, “This cute little business has kept me going. I mostly love the people. Having people like my products and return time and time again to buy more makes me very happy! I hope that I can bring happiness to others through what I do! And that they will feel like it is worth their while to keep coming in and getting Treebee products!” As entrepreneurs, WLL’s team have experienced firsthand the challenges women and minority business owners face. Their focus is on helping make it easier for women entrepreneurs achieve their DREAMS with hopes that their products could be offered LIVE on HSN. Product ideas for future segments and recommendations for stops along the Shop Main Street America Tour can be suggested to WomensLeadershipLIVE.com. In email correspondence with the WLL team, they report that they loved their time in Brigham City, and they are planning to be back in the spring for another visit to Shop Main Street and to meet even more entrepreneurs.
Teen takes power back, forms organization to combat bullying
January 3, 2018 • Loni Newby • Associate editor
One Bear River High School student turned bullying she experienced into a platform and a social movement to combat issues regularly faced by tweens and teens in Box Elder County. Shawnee Thompson is the 16-year-old daughter of Kasey and Jennifer Thompson, of Tremonton, she is currently serving as Miss Box Elder County’s Outstanding Teen. Her platform has combined speaking out against acts of bullying, with building up confidence and resilience for those who are facing bullying tactics. Shawnee is hoping to empower victims and to show that they are never alone. She has developed an organization called Team 8, a play on the word teammate. The core members of Team 8 are Shawnee and her family members, but the group is open to victims of bullying, allies for victims and even those who have been bullies themselves. Team 8 has given Shawnee a social media platform, and networking tool which has led to speaking invitations, arranged meetings with students, families and other like-minded individuals seeking solutions to the bullying epidemic and tools to empower those who have been targeted. Her motto is, “Enough is enough, get tough.” The Bear River High School junior has used her experiences with pageants to develop relationships with girls who face battles with which she is familiar and has put her in the position to work with mentors who have steered her toward public speaking by sharing her own personal story. Shawnee faced bullying by way of texts and online messages, starting at age 14. Her grades were suffering and she discovered cutting, which gave her a release and on the surface helped her feel as though she was in control. It became an obsession that she no longer felt she could control. Rumors began to spread about Shawnee. A genuine friend reached out to Shawnee’s parents expressing concern for her well-being. The Thompsons immediately got Shawnee into therapy and on anti-depressants. However, the anti-depressants didn’t help, rather increased the feelings of desperation. Psychologically damaging texts continued from her peers. She was told to kill herself. Falsehoods and misrepresentations lead her to depression and her fixation on cutting deepened. Shawnee’s friend also turned over the inappropriate texts to the Vice Principal who was able to address the situation and stop new texts from coming. However, the weight of the words continued to burden Shawnee. Eventually her parents, with direction from her therapist, felt that she was experiencing suicidal ideations and they sought in-patient treatment for her. The intensive therapy programs gave Shawnee the tools to learn to cope with pain and build up resilience to bullying. Her commitment to helping others find that inner strength is what fuels Team 8. Shawnee recognizes that bullying itself is too widespread to wipeout in its entirety, “We cannot control others and force them to stop bullying. But we can control ourselves and build our own self-esteem. Self-esteem is the antidote for the pain dished out by bullies,” said Shawnee, “When someone calls me names and I believe them, then bullying hurts. But if someone calls me names, and my self-esteem is strong enough to know those are just words said by someone who is also hurting, then their affect is less potent.” “I want to emphasize that building self-esteem gives the victim the power to act and not be at the mercy of other’s words. It’s also the quickest way I’ve found to end bullying in a non-violent way without further hurting a bully who is already hurting: Self-esteem is actionable, preventative, and effective,” Said Shawnee. Bullies are included in her outreach for this reason. She mentioned the old saying, “hurt people hurt people.” “I think the first thing parents need to understand is that school has changed from their day due to social media, and other modes of technology. Bullying is not a playground event any longer. Bullying is now a 24/7 plague, where their children can be reached anytime, day or night,” said Shawnee, “Parents need to warn their children about their vulnerability to the digital world. Parents need to monitor whatever their child has access to. And lastly parents need to listen to try and understand what their child is going through, more than trying to fix their problems.” Shawnee earned her title for the 2017 year; she also won the people’s choice award at the state pageant level. A cash prize of $500 was awarded to her to distribute to a non-profit organization of her choice. Shawnee chose to donate those funds to the McKay-Dee Hospital due to her time spent there in the pediatric behavioral health unit. Eighteen months after her hospitalization Shawnee still bears physical scars from her cutting addiction; she has overcome the shame and stigma of these markings. She no longer hides them, because they are simply part of the story that made her who she is. For more information about Team 8 efforts look up “Team 8 - Build Resiliency Against Bullying “on Facebook.
‘Warm the Soles’ program warms feet and hearts
December 27, 2017 • Loni Newby • Associate editor
A little bit of Christmas magic was shared at Lake View Elementary when Weber State Credit Union (WSCU) extended their service area as part of their annual “Warm the Soles” giving program which provides shoes and socks to area kindergartners for the past 14 years.This program traditionally takes place in Weber School District, but this year kindergarten students at Lake View Elementary in Brigham City were also the recipients of “magic elves” and kindness. A message of explanation was included with the shoes to keep the parents in the loop. It stated that the children were read a story called “The Elves and the Shoemaker” by an employee of WSCU, when they returned from story time they each found a pair of shoes and pair of socks left for them by the elves. A staff member reported that a trail of kindergarteners was marched down the hallway by the principal on a hunt to see if they could find any of the elves. Parents picked up their children with beaming faces and a shoe box in hand. “My son came home from school today holding a box with new shoes in them, as well as other kindergarten classes. Someone bought them all new shoes,” wrote Emily McBride in a Facebook thank you. “My son Henry was thrilled. He kept saying elves brought the shoes. And they are now his very special shoes that make him faster? It’s also amazing because my son has very wide feet and to find shoes that fit him ate very hard. I have always just bought the same brand which are pretty pricey and so this was such a blessing to me!” Shasta Peterson said, “My daughter came home beaming, with her new sparkly turquoise tennis shoes. She jumped up and down talking about an elf. I couldn’t believe it. People are amazing!” Serenity Stewart loved her son Brennan’s excitement about brand-new shoes, not purchased from a thrift store. She said, “I was at the school volunteering when they got them. They were so excited to show me all of their new shoes and tell me about the elves. What a fun experience.” Mackenzi Denson’s son brought his home and put them under the Christmas tree because they were a gift. Denson said, “My Wyatt came home saying Mom we had elves at our school today! We couldn’t find them anywhere but they left us shoes! The pure excitement and wonder was priceless!” “We are so happy to hear that the families were surprised with this event. We are focused on bringing more of these giving back opportunities to Box Elder County in the new year, and very honored to make a difference in these children’s lives,” a representative of WSCU wrote in a Facebook message. The fundraising event took place at WSCU, money was donated by members and employees to ensure that the need for warm shoes of the proper size are being met.
Handbell choir ringing in 20 years December 13, 2017 • Sarah Yates • Editor Emeritus
Christmas and bells just seem to go together, and for 20 years the Memorial Handbell Choir sponsored by Community Presbyterian Church has literally helped ring in the holiday season in Brigham City, with almost all performances directed by the choir’s founder, Catherine Olds. In observance of this landmark year, a 20th Anniversary Celebration Handbell Choir Concert will ring out on Saturday, December 16, at 3 p.m. in the Community Presbyterian Church, 311 South 100 East. A reception will follow next door in Gillespie Hall, where a book listing the inscription on each bell, photos, scrapbooks, costumes worn through the years, and a variety of other items will be on display. Choir alumni from far and near have been invited to attend, said Olds, who estimates that approximately 95 ringers have participated through the years. The original choir was comprised primarily of teenagers, who moved on as they graduated from high school, often to be replaced by siblings. The corps of ringers has always been interdenominational, inclusive of all who want to play. The handbell choir’s first performance, a selection of Christmas carols played with two octaves of handbells, was held on December 14, 1997, in the old church building at 302 South 200 East, under the direction of Doris D’Asto. Starting a handbell choir isn’t an overnight act, noted Olds. First, it requires sets of bells, which are neither inexpensive nor readily available since there are only three well-known manufacturers in the USA. Bell “bronze” is an alloy of copper, tin and small quantities of other metals. Beginning with its initial two octaves, the handbell choir’s bells have been donated through the years in memory of loved ones -- young children, beloved parents, dear friends -- and each of the choir’s 55 bells in today’s five octave collection bears an inscription that Olds has recorded in a book. In some ways “that book is a history of our church”, she noted. Music wasn’t the major impetus when Olds envisioned the handbell choir. She was watching a group of young people growing up, and wanted to give them a special identity, something that was “their thing” alone. Another objective was to learn cooperation, because “with bells you’ve got to do that” as they trade bells and help one another. Of course, there was an introduction to music...and the joyous music itself. Although she played the piano and flute as a teenager, handbells were new to Olds, so part of that learning curve was her own. She learned with help from another bell director in Ogden, who was most willing to share. With its home base as the Community Presbyterian Church, the handbell choir has performed in many venues, ranging from churches and auditoriums to nursing homes. Some performances have been memorable, both in good and bad ways. In a 1998 performance at Shopko, for example, nobody could figure out how to turn off the canned music so the bells had musical competition. There have been costumes, or uniforms, from plaid vests to formal blue dresses to tee shirts. There are always those classy white gloves, which protect the bells from the oil of human hands. The handbell choir began playing at interfaith events in 2001, and has performed as part of the Box Elder Symphonic Choir’s holiday program since 2002. They have played for many organizations and events, especially during the holiday season, locally and in surrounding areas. Continuing that tradition, the choir will perform with the Symphonic Choir on Sunday, December 17, in the Box Elder Tabernacle. Handbell choirs don’t travel lightly; it’s quite a production to set up. There are tables, foam covers, music stands, mallets and the 55 bells themselves, each in its storage case. The smallest bell, C8, only weighs three-eighths of a pound and has a circumference of 6.25 inches at its rim, while the largest, C3, weighs eight pounds and has a circumference of 34 and one-half inches. It takes a strong arm to wield this mighty bell. Bells are held vertically, moved in a circle, ring at the furthest point, and touched to the shoulder for a stop. Music has become more varied, with new techniques and special effects learned at such events as the Spring Ring which gathers 20 handbell choirs from throughout the state for training and performance. Ringers have attended summer bell camps for youth in the five state area of the Handbell Musicians of America. A three-octave set of aluminum tube chimes was added in recent years, both as a supplement of sounds and as a teaching tool for beginners. Children as young as eight learn the chimes with the notes presented as colors, then gradually begin to read the music as notes. Through the years the Memorial Handbell Choir has evolved into a mostly-adult group of ringers, 14 of whom will play the 55 bells at the anniversary concert and again at the tabernacle, with Olds as director. The result, as always, will be beautiful, joyous music, bringing smiles to the faces of adults and rapt attention from children as they watch the flying hands of the ringers going from bell to bell...something that hasn’t changed in 20 years.
Christensen ballet influence celebrated with Nutcracker Festival
Brigham City man brought ballet, ‘The Nutcracker,’ to United States
December 6, 2017 • Loni Newby • Associate editor
Brigham City celebrates long history with the holiday tradition of the Nutcracker Ballet. Historic Downtown Brigham City has sponsored the Nutcracker Festival, a month long celebration of nutcracker themed events which will culminate with a Christmas Market at the Academy Center, Saturday, Dec. 9, and live performance of the acclaimed ballet piece at Box Elder High School on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9. The Academy Center’s roots go back to a family dance business, once owned by the Christensen family, led by immigrant from Denmark, Lars By trade he was a stone mason, but was a violinist, conducted orchestras and taught social dancing to the youth of Brigham City. He led orchestras who performed live music for social dances. Lars was a family man, busy with four wives and 23 children. Two of Lars’ sons, Peter and Christian, continued the art of dance as instructors establishing the New Academy of Music and Dancing in the location of the Academy Conference Center in downtown Brigham City. Their marketing plan was simple, appeal to refinement. “It is with pardonable pride,” that a red marketing booklet read, “that the management opens the New Academy of Music and Dancing for the use of those who appreciate education and refinement. This institution is intended as a place where the young people of the entire county may meet surrounded by favorable influences. . . . Music and dancing are inseparable and should be a part of the education of every thoroughly equipped young person.” The third generation of Christensen dancers, brothers Lew, Willam and Harold were raised in Brigham City, the trio of brothers was trained under many professional notables in New York City. They began touring as a Vaudeville-style act focusing on classical dance, before establishing and taking on principle dancer and/or director positions for various dance companies as adults. Author Debra H. Sowell wrote that Willam, Harold, and Lew Christensen are the closest thing the United States has to a European-style “ballet dynasty.” The brothers were acknowledged for collaborative efforts as well as achieving great successes individually. After receiving the Capezio Dance award, and a 1973 Dance Magazine award, an article in the aforementioned magazine called the Christensen brothers the only American ballet dynasty, and credited their many generous contributions, saying, “It becomes evident how little self-seeking their aims have been and how generous are their contributions to the ballet in America. It is from artists like the Christensens that the ballet draws its strength and some part of its nobility.” Arguably the most influential brother, Willam Christensen, was known as an American ballet dancer, choreographer and founder of the San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West in Salt Lake City. The San Francisco Chronicle called him, “The grandfather of American ballet.” Born in 1902 as Christian William Christensen, his mother later changed his name to William Farr Christensen incorporating her maiden name. As an adult William dropped the second ‘I’ from his name to pay homage to the European influence on dance as an art form. Willam Christensen said that ballet is a story told with line and form, “Ballet should contain all the elements of good theater: spectacle, drama, virtuosity and, most important, innovation.” Willam Christensen began teaching at his uncle’s dance school in Portland in 1932, while there he organized a dance company of his own, the Portland Ballet. In 1937, Willam Christensen relocated to San Francisco taking a role as a principle dancer for the San Francisco Opera Ballet. When the dance wing of the Opera dissolved Harold and Willam Christensen purchased the rights to the company, establishing it as a separate entity now known as the San Francisco Ballet, in 1942. He remained there until 1951 when he formally left the company and school in the hands of his brothers Lew and Harold as he returned to Utah permanently after some work through the University of Utah. He spent the remainder of his life working in Utah and the Intermountain West. The University of Utah was the first accredited university to have a ballet department in the U.S. and founded Ballet West. Last year members of Ballet West performed at the Academy Center for the first time in honor of their founder, Willam Christensen. “To envision young Willam Christensen, with his hand on the barre, doing plies in this very space, and to feel like I’m literally following in those footsteps,” said Bruce Caldwell, ballet master and archivist for Ballet West, “This really has a significance to the artistic community in America, and my hat is off to you [the community].” During that special exhibition Tom Michel, vice president of marketing and development of Ballet West, said, “If this building were not here, Ballet West would not be here in its present incarnation today. What happened in this building continues to grow ballet, not only in this state, but across the country and across the planet.” Willam Christensen is credited with the rejuvenation of the Russian creation of the Nutcracker Ballet. His choreography of The Nutcracker Ballet in the 1944 San Francisco Ballet Company production is known to be a turning point for the piece. Through research and inspiration of the older European dancers Willam Christensen brought forth the first American staging of the “The Nutcracker” on Christmas Eve in 1944. He choreographed the performance and danced the role Cavalier, his sister-in-law Gisella Caccialanza, wife of Lew, danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The performance was a critical success. The San Francisco Ballet was the only company to perform this piece until Balanchine’s production in 1954, from there the piece sprang to life with companies throughout the country. William Christensen was instrumental in establishing the Tchaikovsky ballet as a Christmas holiday tradition on a national level, along with several other works, particularly “Swan Lake” and “Coppelia,” that are now part of virtually every ballet company’s repertory. A much referenced quote allegedly from a critic’s review of the premier performance of Christiansen’s Nutcracker said, “We can’t understand why a vehicle of such fantastic beauty and originality could be produced in Europe in 1892 with signal success and never be produced in its entirety in this country until 1944. Perhaps choreographers will make up for lost time from now on.” The success of the production has continued for dancing troupes throughout the world, locally, Classical Youth Ballet has paired with dancers in the community to present “The Nutcracker” annually, for the past four years, under the direction of Michelle Jackman. Dancers are required to attend rehearsals that are separate from any of their classes, beginning with a workshop in August. Intense weekend rehearsals began in September skipping only fall break and holiday weekends. Rehearsals are anywhere from 3-5 hours on Friday evenings, and 4-6 hours on Saturdays. This year’s Clara, the ingenue role, will be played by Kaylee Tuft, 12, who is in her ninth year of studying at Classical Youth Ballet. She has been in all four productions to this point. Her younger sister, Macy, 6, has also followed suit and is in her third production as well. “In past years she has always played 2 parts, most dancers do have two to four different parts, so with only one part this year, rehearsal time hasn’t been increased, but the intensity definitely has. Learning to do partner work with the nutcracker prince has been a whole new learning curve. Trusting a boy only a couple years older to not drop her has been one of the hardest parts for her mentally,” said Tori Tuft, Kaylee’s mother. “As a parent I see the love she has for dance and so many benefits from her training that it makes the time and money investment so completely worth it. As a young girl, she was extremely shy, and had to be bribed with a toy to go on stage at all,” Tuft said, “Each year she got a bit more comfortable, until at 9 years old she said she wanted to perform more and wanted to join the company so that she could be on stage more. I have seen her go from looking terrified on stage, to loving every moment. And her love of performing is evident on her face each time she does it.”
Tuft said that she has seen her daughter’s confidence blossom both onstage and off. “She no longer backs down from hard situations, she has learned that she can do hard things and push through to accomplish her goals.” said Tuft, “At age four she told me she wanted to dance on pointe. As a mom I was worried because that goal was eight years off, and I was so afraid she would get frustrated. But she never gave up!” A dancer’s journey can cause a great deal of pain, particularly learning to dance on pointe which can takes a great deal of skill and endurance through suffering. Her instructor, “Ms. Michelle” has helped shape her into who she is today. Kaylee even has aspirations to open her own dance studio when she is older. To support the production tickets may be purchased at www.classicalyouthballet.com for $10, or at the door for $12, if available. The performances will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, at 6 p.m. at Box Elder High School. The Nutcracker Festival & Christmas Market will be held at the Academy Center on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. which will be an all day affair to celebrate the origins of the Nutcracker Ballet, with a collection of local artisan vendors and live music. Collections of nutcrackers, as well as the life-size handcrafted Nutcrackers which were recently awarded prizes will be on display. David Walker, of Historic Downtown Brigham City, is hoping to make the Nutcracker Festival an annual affair, celebrating the roots of a tradition for countless families across the country, and even the world.
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