The Civic Dance Center, located in Portage, under the direction of Natalie J. Kolosci, will present their annual “Nutcracker” ballet and Winter Showcase at Portage High School Auditorium East on Saturday, December 18th at 2:00 pm. The cast consists of approximately 75 performers, including dance students, moms, dads, sisters and brothers.
Melena Nikole Verduzco has been cast as Clara. Melena is a sixth grader at River Forest and has been studying dance for nine years. She has studied under the direction of Ms. Natalie and Miss Lisa at Civic Dance Center for four years. She has trained in many dance venues, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tumbling, and musical theater. She is also a member of the River Forest basketball team, volleyball team, and track team. She excels in social studies and loves to read.