Young dancers and old, who have spent much of their lives dedicated to dance, bring "The Nutcracker" - an unmistakable sign of the arrival of the holidays - to life each year in the Shenandoah valley.
Annie Nealon (left), 13, watches from the wings as the party scene of "The Nutcracker" leads to her cue. The Rockingham Ballet Theatre company rehearsed in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College for their production of "The Nutcracker," which will be performed December 3, 4 and 5.
Caroline Kempfer (front), 14, dances as Clara with Daniel Ranck, 15, as the Nutcracker during the Rockingham Ballet Theatre company rehearsal.
Young dancers watch as the ballerinas with the Rockingham Ballet Theatre company warm up on the edge of the stage.
While waiting for the first rehearsal with the full set, the Rockingham Ballet Theatre dancers warm up in their toe shoes on the edge of the stage.