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Members of the Staten Island Ballet dance troupe perform in "The Nutcracker" (Courtesy/Amessé Photography) Staten Island Advance
 

 
Because there's always a behind the scenes story attached to every show, this one in particular is a splendid holiday twist of good will and fame - with Staten Island playing one of its better roles. 

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Members of the SI Ballet Professional Dance Company perform at "To the Moon and Back" Gala Saturday evening. (Courtesy/Steve White)
 


Some 200 revelers rode “To the Moon and Back” Saturday evening when the Staten Island Ballet’s professional dance company performed at Richmond County Country Club, Dongan Hills.

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Ellen Tharp, offered Layna Mamoni a scholarship after seeing her perform at the SI School of Civic Leadership.  (SI Advance/
Jan Somma-Hammel)
 


Ellen Tharp took her first ballet step at the early age of 3.  When she was 7, she accompanied her father to her first live ballet, at the old Paramount Theatre on Bay Street.

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