Twenty-five successful years is an achievement for any arts organization. Southwest Virginia Ballet is ready to raise the curtain on its next 25.

Wednesday morning, the ballet announced its 25th anniversary season. Performances include classics like The Nutcracker, as well as new productions of beloved stories like Cinderella.  That performance is not a play and includes no words. It tells the story through movement.

Ballet organizers say their mission for the next 25 years goes beyond the steps on the stage. "The mission of 25 years is unchanged," executive director Nancy Kelderhouse told WDBJ7. "We make the performing arts experience available to all ages from all walks of life." The ballet gives hundreds of free tickets to social service organizations.  It is also planning a free, professional performance by Mamluft & Co. Dance.

The ballet says it's always looking for new volunteers.  "As much fun as it is to make everyone smile out there in the audience, there's just as much joy that's gained by those who are behind the scenes making it all happen," Kelderhouse said.

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