SOMERS, N.Y. - Dance for Joy celebrated the holiday season with performances of “The Nutcracker for Kids!” on Dec. 19, at Yorktown Stage.

The show included two Somers teens, Keira E. Flynn and Katie Jandrasits. 

This is the seventh year that Dance for Joy performed this production and the second year the performance was at the Yorktown Stage.

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“The Nutcracker for Kids!” is a shorter version of “The Nutcracker” that is designed for children from ages 3-103. Dance for Joy, founded in 1994, is a ballet school located in Mohegan Lake.

Keira, an eighth-grader at Somers Middle School, has been dancing since first grade at Dance for Joy.

“Keira loves to dance and it makes her happy to see all the smiling faces in the audience,” said her mother, Monica.

Katie, a seventh-grader at Somers Middle School, has been at Dance for Joy since she was age 4, taking ballet, pointe, jazz and tap classes. Two years ago, Katie was cast as Clara in the production. This year, she was cast as a Small Star. This is Katie’s seventh year in the “The Nutcracker for Kids!” with Dance For Joy.