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The mission statement for Peoria Ballet is 'Art That Moves,' which is certainly true when one considers the physical movement of dance. Stirring the souls of the audience and aspiring dancers is also part of Peoria Ballet's mission, and the group's upcoming performance is no exception.

This week, we're talking with Eric Otto and Wendy Thomasson from the Peoria Ballet. They're presenting "Sleeping Beauty" this weekend. It's the first time the Ballet has performed this work, and it also marks Otto's debut as the company's Artistsic Director.

Peoria Ballet

This week, we're talking with Wendy Thomasson and Eric Otto, from the Peoria Ballet. They're presenting their annual production of "The Nutcracker," with performances Saturday and Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. Otto stepped in as Artistic Director of the production earlier this fall, when another director had to drop out. He talks about how production of the holiday standard differ from company to company, about the advantages of performing with a live orchestra, and about his own transition from professional dancer to choreographer.

Peoria Ballet

The Peoria Ballet presents its annual production of "The Nutcracker" this weekend, with three performances at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. The Ballet's Tamra Challacombe explains what makes "The Nutcracker" a good introduction to the art form. She also talks about what a live orchestra adds to the experience, and about some of the guest artists featured in the production this year.