THE ROAR of the Jaguars Cheerleader Excels in Community Nutcracker

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Five-year veteran of THE ROAR Alison Powers will again be showcasing her dance talents in the Community Nutcracker of Jacksonville this Holiday season. Powers, who started dancing when she was 5, could never have known where her passion would take her.

Powers moved to Jacksonville from St. Louis after college to start her career in journalism at The Florida Times-Union.  Here she found a studio to continue her passion for dance, which led her to auditioning for the Community Nutcracker of Jacksonville for the first time. With this year's Nutcracker being her 10th production, she shared that it has become her favorite holiday tradition.

"What I love is that the proceeds of this production go to nonprofits, such as Dreams Come True. I also love that we do school performances. Sometimes this is the only exposure that kids get to see ballet."

Through her dance community, Powers met a former member of THE ROAR, who encouraged her to audition.  Never one to back down from trying new things, she made the team on her first audition.  Now in her 5th and final season with the ROAR, she's enjoyed a host of new experiences, including multiple trips with the team to London and dozens of appearances around the community.

"While it's sad that this is coming to an end, I am so excited that someone else will get this opportunity," Powers said.

Currently a web designer with TIAA Bank, she has never considered leaving Jacksonville because of the community that she has found in dance. Mark Spivak, Founding Artistic Director of the Community Nutcracker, said that the impact Alison has had on sharing ballet and maintaining the dance community is immeasurable.

"Alison has been performing in our annual Nutcracker production for 10 years," said Spivak. "It is obvious she very much loves ballet and sharing her appreciation for dance and the arts with local youth."

Community Nutcracker was founded in 1992 and will be performing its 28th production of The Nutcracker Ballet. To see Alison, perform in both the "Spanish Dance" and as a "Snowflake" in one of this year's three public productions of the Community Nutcracker of Jacksonville on December 13th and 2 performances December 14th, visit www.jaxnutcracker.org to purchase tickets or for more information.

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