MARQUETTE — The annual Nutcracker Ballet was once again performed at the Louis G. Kauffman Auditorium as part of the holiday celebrations taking place locally.

A range of dancers were a part of this performance, with many ages and skill levels contributing to what was sure to be a magical performance

This performance was special, as it was in honor of a longtime member of the performance and owner of Second Skin in Marquette, Joanne Mingay, who has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“Well, it’s just a very magical holiday tradition. The music is so beautiful and I don’t think you can have holiday time without having that music, at least for me, and it’s about having that magic, and love, and beauty and I think that the more we can put that into the world, the better,” said Maggie Barch, choreographer and dancer.

The performance took place this past Saturday and included two shows exhibiting the beauty and grace of both dance and the holiday season.