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Members of the Ballet 5:8 Studio Company pose after practicing the “English Roses” choreography on Nov. 20 at Ballet 5:8 in Frankfort. The dancers are preparing for an upcoming performance of “Beyond the Nutcracker,” which has become an annual show for the Frankfort-based professional dance company. Photos by Amanda Villiger/22nd Century Media
Renee Ruchala (right), of Tinley Park, and Mercy Matthews (left), of Mokena, rehearse “English Roses,” a dance number from Ballet 5:8’s upcoming production of “Beyond the Nutcracker” during a Nov. 20 dance practice at Ballet 5:8 in Frankfort.
Sophia Snider (right), of New Lenox, and Catherine Lobash (left), of Mokena, rehearse “English Roses” during a dance practice.
Zoe Scheiderich rehearses a scene from Ballet 5:8’s upcoming production of “Beyond the Nutcracker,” which features scenes from around the world. Above, Scheiderich practices “Iraq” during a practice at Ballet 5:8 in Frankfort.
Amanda Villiger, Assistant Editor
9:44 am CST November 29, 2018

The sweet sound of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” is a hallmark of the classic “Nutcracker” ballet that spans generations.

Featuring songs from the original ballet, Frankfort-based Ballet 5:8’s “Beyond the Nutcracker” will offer audience members a modern, spiritual take on the story.

As a professional ballet company and school of the arts, Ballet 5:8’s annual production incudes professional dance company members as well as trainees and students with original choreography by Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager.