Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Detroit children.
MDM Dance Project Director Mark McCleese has been teaching for 12 years and dancing for 20. Mark was the head of the Dance Department at the Center Stage Studio Performing Arts Studio in California. He has judged several dance competitions including Showbiz and Primetime over the last decade. His students have placed first overall at many competitions and he has also won many choreography, costume and special awards. Mark has taught master classes at many studios throughout the United States and has performed professionally in many shows including Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Deborah Alrutz has been dancing for over 50 years and teaching since the early 80s. She taught ballet in Wisconsin and Michigan and has taught with Mark since they both began with Andrea Redman Dance Academy (now MDM Dance Project).
Performer's Edge Dance Company (PEDC) is an award-winning dance studio that offers both performance and competitive programs. PEDC provides a family-friendly environment with professional instruction that together teaches strong dance technique, responsibility and commitment. Their passion for the arts instills dedication, focus, discipline and self-esteem in every dancer, every day! PEDC is the only area dance studio that offers Chorus Line instruction and participates in many local parades – they even have a former Radio City Rockette on staff!