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Chassé Away: Norton to Perform in ‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet

Norton will participate in Saturday's performance. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Norton will participate in Saturday's performance. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Politicians can sometimes be charged with tap-dancing around questions, but one member of Congress will be putting on actual dancing shoes this weekend.  

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., sent out a statement Friday that she will be a part of the Washington Ballet production of “The Nutcracker.” She will be playing a “merry widow” in Saturday’s performance, which will take place at the Warner Theater at 7 p.m. “There is no more delightful fun than seeing or being lucky enough to be asked to perform in The Nutcracker,” Norton said in the statement. “Isn’t this every kid’s dream? If truth be told, those of us who missed the chance in childhood are more than happy to try to make up for it, given the opportunity!”  

But Norton is no stranger to the stage and has already broken in her ballet shoes in past performances. She was part of the same production in 2009 and 2011. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the late Marion Barry have also had cameos in the ballet over the years.  

The Washington Ballet’s version of the holiday classic is complete with some creative twists that pay homage to the company’s city. In 2004, artistic director Septime Webre developed the localized concept, incorporating District of Columbia landmarks, historical figures and modern-day politicians and athletes into the production.  

The story takes place in Georgetown in 1882 and features George Washington as the nutcracker. The presidential mascots that race around the field at Washington Nationals’ games have also been featured in past productions. And there could be more twists to come. As part of the production’s 10th anniversary, the ballet’s website is also promising some “special surprises” this year.  

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