A gift of entertainment: The magic of ‘The Nutcracker’

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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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Staten Island Ballet's 'To the Moon and Back' wows the crowd

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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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Memoirs: Ellen Tharp, founder of the Staten Island Ballet

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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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SI Ballet's 25th annual gala was on pointe at Country Club

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At the SI Ballet Silver Anniversary Gala, are from left, Deputy Borough President Ed Burke, and Paul and Ellen Tharp.
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The most exquisite art form in the world of dance was celebrated Saturday evening when the Staten Island Ballet hosted its 25th annual galla at the Richmond County Country Club. 

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