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Ballet to perform for New Year

Thirty-eight students from Needham’s classical ballet school, Charles River Ballet Academy, will perform on the Needham Town Hall stage on December 31 at 3:45 p.m. as part of New Years Needham. The performance will feature classical pieces from “Swan Lake,” “Raymonda,” and “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as original choreography to such toe tapping favorites as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “In the Mood,” dances inspired by “Mary Poppins” and “Harry Potter.” At 45 minutes long, with beautiful costumes, music, and dancing, the show is perfect for all ages.

Powers Hall at the Needham Town Hall was recently restored to its original historic glory: it has an elevated stage, complete with full stage lighting and great sightlines. A $5 button gets attendees into all activities at New Years Needham. Buttons can be purchased ahead of time or at the door.

Directed by Needham native and former professional ballet dancer Emily Hrones Umland, Charles River Ballet Academy offers classes for boys and girls aged 2-18, as well as adult classes at their Needham Center studios. Call (508-545-1257) or visit for more information.

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