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Juneau dance company L'Ecole de Ballet usually performs "The Nutcracker" every year during Thanksgiving weekend. But this year, the company decided on a spring show to honor two girls who have been with the troupe for more than 10 years.
Marissa Capito and Grace Dalman, both seniors at Junueau-Douglas High School, are graduating in a few weeks. Capito will attend the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dalman will head for design school in the Bay Area.
"I've had them since I was 7, so it's almost like having one of your kids leave for school," said L'Ecole instructor Patti Mattison. "We've taken some of the pieces that the kids won gold medals with at a competition in Seattle a year ago February, and we're doing a few things we've done before. Most of it is brand new, and it's going to end with something fun."
L'Ecole will have one show only, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $8 in advance from Hearthside Books or one of the dancers, $10 at the door.
The show should last about 90 minutes. It will include 15 pieces, including Stravinsky, Bach, a few selections from "Les Sylphide," a solo from "Don Quixote" and a group of young dancers performing Golliwog's "Cakewalk."
"Grace and I both dance seven pieces in an hour and a half period," Capito said. "It's been really hard on us physically, but mentally we're all doing fine, and we're really excited about this show."