Local Children Performing In The Nutcracker

<p>Kids Rehearsing For The Nutcracker</p>

Kids Rehearsing For The Nutcracker

Children from the Yakima area are dancing on stage for hundreds of people tonight.

It's part of the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.

About 60 local kids auditioned two months ago for a chance to dance alongside professional dancers during the performance.

9 year old Aspen Merkle says although the practices have been hard, she plans on taking the lessons she's learned with her as she grows up.

"I think it will help me do ballet more. Because it helps you concentrate more and think and do a little bit more. Because you might think you're doing good in ballet, but you're actually not... You gotta work hard," said Merkle

Curtains open at 7 -- tickets will be available at the door.