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It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to this year’s dance program at Christ Church. I know that this is going to be a wonderful experience for you and your child.

As Director of the Dance Ministry at Christ Church, I accept the responsibility to my dancers to present only the finest dance training, to uphold and to raise our standards of this art form, to teach with the convictions of love, kindness and acceptance to others, and to bring out these qualities in our dancers. For all of my dancers, from Pre-K through young adulthood, my aim has always been to use dance to help them be well-rounded, healthy, and happy.
The Fall Session (August-December) is also known as The Nutcracker Session because the dancers learn and rehearse for our charitable performance that we produce every December. Our Nutcracker not only gives our dancers an opportunity to participate in the arts by performing on stage, but also gives them the personal experience of giving to those less fortunate.

The 22nd Annual Nutcracker will be performed at
The Lazzara Theater / The University of North Florida’s Fine Arts Department
on Saturday, December 09, 2017 at 6:00 pm.
Our charities include Pediatric Hospice, Dreams Come True,
and Amistad Orphanage in Bolivia, along with some others.

Our children learn that they are dancing to help children who cannot dance.

The Winter/Spring Session (January-May) is a time spent on learning a lot of new dance steps and movements. There will be more challenging sessions at the ballet bar. A lot of emphasis will be placed on technique training during these months. We will try to use new and fun techniques as we progress through these more relaxed, but developmentally important, dance classes. During the summer months of June and July, there are several week-long Dance Camps offered for some of the specific classes. And there are rehearsals throughout the year with the Liturgical Dancers as needed for Christ Church events.

There are many life skills that dance training helps to develop in a child including self-confidence, discipline, focus, poise, good posture, fitness, and strength. These abilities are introduced to our youngest dancers and are continually reinforced each year through to our young adult dancers. Our dancers also learn about the importance of supporting friendships. They make lasting friendships with other dancers and learn to encourage, and to be encouraged by, their classmates. A prayer, which is usually led by the children, is offered at the end of each class. Each child, as an individual, requires individual attention in order that he or she may, through our dance experiences, develop talents and abilities to their fullest capacities.

Please feel free to email me anytime with questions or concerns.

Please include your phone number on your email, in case I need to call you rather than email back. Thank you for this opportunity to share dance with your children. Dancing is joyful! Dancing is fun!

God Bless,

“Miss Felicia”

Priority Seats


PATRONS $1500 & UP
1ST PRIORITY SEATING WITH 6 BALLET TICKETS PLUS 6 NUTCRACKER TEA TICKETS WITH RESERVED SEATING AND INVITATION TO AFTER SHOW CAST PARTY

NUTCRACKERS $1,000 – $1499.00
2ND PRIORITY SEATING WITH 6 BALLET TICKETS AND INVITATION TO AFTER SHOW CAST PARTY

SNOWFLAKES $500 – $999.00
3RD PRIORITY SEATING WITH 3 BALLET TICKETS AND INVITATION TO AFTER SHOW CAST PARTY

STARS $200 – $499.00
RECOGNITION AND SENTIMENT IN PROGRAM AND INVITATION TO AFTER SHOW CAST PARTY

ANGELS $50 – $199.00
RECOGNITION AND SENTIMENT IN PROGRAM

PLEASE USE THE BACKSIDE OF THIS FORM TO
PRINT THE NAME AND SENTIMENTS EXACTLY AS IT SHOULD APPEAR IN THE 2017 PROGRAM

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** CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO: CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND PUT “NUTCRACKER” ON THE MEMO LINE

PLACE YOUR DONATION IN THE TUITION DROP BOX IN THE HALLWAY
OF THE CHRIST CHURCH DANCE MINISTRY OR SEND YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO:
CLAIRE DUFFY
233 NORTH WIND COURT PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL 32082

PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27TH
AT 5 PM TO OBTAIN PRIORITY SEATING TICKETS

Contact Claire Duffy at (904) 923-0604 OR Missfeliciasdanceprogram@gmail.com

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My Dear Friends and Families of The Nutcracker,

This has been a very challenging and tumultuous year for so many of us, but I am truly blessed to have the love and support of so many people. So, first of all, I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you for keeping me, my family and this beautiful Nutcracker in your thoughts and prayers. I truly appreciate each and everyone of you.

On December 9th at 6:00 p.m., the curtain will open on another production of the Christ Church Nutcracker. This year is especially meaningful to me. As Director of the Dance Ministry at Christ Episcopal Church, I am honored and humbled to be able to present the 22nd annual Nutcracker Ballet. On behalf of the Christ Church Dance Ministry, I would like to thank you for this opportunity to share this beautiful production with you and your family.

For 22 years we have produced this spectacular performance, and once again, we will be dancing to help children with life threatening illnesses. It is through your generous donations that we are able to produce such a fantastic performance and to support our charities that include Dreams Come True, Community PedsCare, the Amistad Orphanage in Bolivia. It is always humbling to look out from the stage and see the faces of the children from Dreams Come True and Community PedsCare with a smile on their little faces!

The 2017 Nutcracker has almost 300 performers, from 2 ½ to 90 years old! The Nutcracker gives our dancers an opportunity to participate in the arts by performing on stage, as well as experiencing the gift of giving to those less fortunate. Our children learn that they are dancing to help children who cannot dance.

I prayerfully ask for your individual and corporate financial support to help produce this beautiful production of our 22nd Nutcracker Ballet and to put a smile on the faces of children less fortunate than us. Without your support, none of this would be possible!

Sincerely,
Felicia Rhoden
Director of the Christ Church Dance Ministry

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