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Sacramento Ballet brings holiday performance to kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children

Sacramento Ballet brings holiday performance to kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children

Patients and families at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California enjoyed a dose of holiday magic when dancers from the Sacramento Ballet performed scenes from the Nutcracker on Monday, Dec. 9. The 12 ballerinas who performed at the hospital will dance in the annual holiday performance of The Nutcracker Dec. 12 – 22 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. The ballerinas are with The Sacramento Ballet School, where they are completing their training to become professional dancers.

School Director Cynthia Drayer said the visit to the Northern California Shriners Hospital was an opportunity to celebrate the magic of performing arts and lift spirits during the holiday season. “The purpose of performing arts is to bring joy, happiness and moments of inspiration to others,” she said.

According to Michele O’Hara, manager of the therapeutic recreation and child life program at the Northern California Shriners Hospital, those moments of inspiration are vital to the healing process. “Our goal is to help children explore new things and identify activities they enjoy once they leave the hospital. The Sacramento Ballet’s performance filled kids with awe and allowed them to imagine themselves trying something new,” said O’Hara.

After performing in the hospital’s central activity area, the dancers helped kids color pictures of ballerinas they brought to share. Those pictures surely will hang in the patient rooms as a reminder of a special day.

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