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Clarkston grad performs in Nutcracker Ballet

Elizabeth Gorz, center, performs in the Nutcracker Suite. (click for larger version)
December 16, 2009 - Clarkston High School graduate Elizabeth Gorz performs with Greater Lansing Ballet Company's 10th annual performance of the Nutcracker Ballet, 2 p.m., Dec. 20, in the Fairchild Theatre at Michigan State University.

A senior company member, Gorz has danced the better part of her life and has maintained her passion for the ballet discipline. She is a 2009 graduate of Michigan State University, James Madison College and currently works on constituent affairs for the Michigan Senate Majority Leader, Michael D. Bishop. Elizabeth is the daughter of Leonard and Kari Gorz of Clarkston and granddaughter of James and Mikel O'Neill of Clarkston.

She performs as a soldier in the Battle Scene, Snow Scene, the vivacious Spanish Dance in the Kingdom of Sweets and Waltz of the Flowers.

This is the ballet company's 20th anniversary. The company's repertory includes the traditional Nutcracker Ballet, which has been performed locally and toured for 10 years.

This production will feature guest artists Dorothy O'Shea Overbey performing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and her New York partner, John-Mark Owen. Both currently dance professionally in New York City. The ballet will also feature dancers from all over the Lansing area who range from junior company to professional levels who are trained in classical ballet by Barbara Banasikowski Smith.

Tickets may be reserved by calling 1-800-Wharton or by contacting GLBC at 517-372-9887 or 2224 E. Michigan Avenue in Lansing.

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