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Small dancers, big stage

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" was the first ballet ever performed at SPAC, said Marcia White, president and executive director. Her own daughter danced as a child with the ballet in 1980 and she said it's a great opportunity that continues to return each year.

"It's great for these young dancers who really work very hard and have the real opportunity to dance in nothing but the world's best ballet company," said White. "It's very exciting for them to dance on a stage steeped in history and a proud moment when parent can sit in the audience and see them perform with a company like the NYC ballet, especially this year that has such an amazing aura about it because it's the work that inaugurated our stage."

Being a proud mother in the audience is exactly what Jenn Usack is looking forward to on July 7, 8 and 10.

"I try very hard not to cry when she gets up on stage because she's so tiny on that huge stage but acts like it's so natural to be there. I look around at the other mothers and we all see who's going to cry first," said Jenn Usack.

Information and tickets are available on SPAC's website, http://www.spac.org or by calling 584-9330.

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