Local Girl In Ballet Arizona’S ‘The Nutcracker’ In Phoenix

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Ashlan Kamp, 11, of Payson, is part of Ballet Arizona’s company of 150 guest dancers in this year’s production of ‘The Nutcracker.’

The daughter of Linda and William Kamp will be one of the toy soldiers in the production, Dec. 13 through 27 at Symphony Hall, 225 E. Adams, Phoenix.

Kamp began studying dance only three years ago with Cathy Walker and Elaine Carlton at the Shelby School. Two years ago, she joined the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School in Chandler.

“Dancing is her life. She loves it and she really works hard at it,” her mother, Linda said.

Since early November, Kamp and other students selected from Valley ballet schools have rehearsed for the traditional holiday program.

In addition to the rehearsals, Kamp has dance lessons six days a week.

She goes to her Chandler school twice a week, continues dance lessons at the Shelby School twice a week and has private lessons with Dinah Walker twice a week.

The Kamp family has lived in Payson for 10 years and has another gifted child, son, Chase, who was recently invited to participate in the Tempe Youth Symphony. He is the group’s only percussionist. The symphony will have a public performance at the Chandler Arts Center in January, Linda said.

The regular performances are at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13 and 14, 18-21, 23 and 26; a 2 p.m. matinee is on Dec. 14 and 15, 21 and 22, 24, 26 and 27; there will also be 6 p.m. programs Dec. 15 and 22. The performances are by three different groups of dancers.

Tickets are $17 to $48 for adults and $9.50 to $25 for children 12 and younger. For information call Ballet Arizona at (602) 381-1096, Ticketmaster at (480) 784-4444, go to a Ticketmaster outlet or visit www.balletaz.org.

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