Estrella Mountain Community College students and local high school students ages 16 and older are invited to apply to a dance class that culminates in a performance in Southwest Ballet Theatre’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.” 

Selected students will receive a tuition scholarship for the one-credit course that begins on Oct. 25.

Students don’t need a lot of experience to apply, but they should have some, EMCC Professor Tim Butterfield said.

“They just need to have some experience, so beginning dance students are welcome,” Butterfield said.

Applications are due by Oct. 15, and the first rehearsal is Oct. 30. The class, rehearsals and performance will all take place at the Performing Arts Center on campus, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale.

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EMCC and Southwest Ballet Theatre have been partners since 2015, and both organizations jointly present productions at EMCC’s Performing Arts Center each spring and fall semester.

In 2019, the partnership created the Southwest Ballet Theatre Fine & Performing Arts Scholarship, which awards $2,000 to one EMCC student every spring.