Worthington Hooker Seventh Grader Featured in Nutcracker

Russian-born 7th-grader a natural in ‘Nutcracker​’
Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011
By Abbe Smith, Register Staff
NEW HAVEN — Worthington Hooker School seventh-grader Nikolay Ayers usually gets a head start on his homework before practicing his pirouettes and his tour jetes.

But this is no ordinary week.

Nikolay is dancing the part of the Nutcracker in Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet of the same name. The performance is a production of New Haven Ballet and is taking place on stage at the Shubert Theater this weekend.

“I want to be a professional dancer some day,” Nikolay said Wednesday, taking a break during dress rehearsal. “I like to entertain people.”
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