The Millicent Library in Fairhaven presents Backstage at the Nutcracker, a magical presentation with Kay Hanley Alden, our favorite dance teacher and choreographer, during two sessions this holiday season.

The first Nutcracker program will be offered on Wednesday, Dec. 19 after school from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the downstairs auditorium. This program is open to 4-8 year olds, and is limited to 20 participants. Please sign up with Ms. Jane.

The second program will take place during the library’s regularly scheduled “Big Kids” preschool Storytime slot on Friday, Dec. 21 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Please sign up with Ms. Jane.

On this journey, the children will visit faraway places and do movement exploration with the music of the Nutcracker, acting and dancing the parts of the Sugar Plum Fairies, Waltz of the Flowers and the guests from lands faraway – China, Arabia, Spain and Russia. Dance props bring this program to life.

Kay Hanley Alden, a dance educator, traveled throughout Europe and Asia, taking part in dance exchange programs as well as giving workshops in the United States and Canada and wherever dance took her. She remains active at the Boston Conservatory, where she studied and serves on the Alumni Board.

“My philosophy is that by developing better motor skills through music children gain confidence. This carries over into their daily sports activities.”

Children have enjoyed Mrs. Alden’s May Pole program this past spring as well as the July Fourth program. The Backstage at the Nutcracker program is free.

The Millicent Library is handicapped accessible. Please contact Jane Murphy, Youth Services Librarian, if you would like to register or have any questions.