A Silver Anniversary at HP School of Dance

Valerie Lowder, playing the role of Clara, and Sam Libenson, playing the role of the Nutcracker Prince, dance during Act I, Scene II (Clara’s Dream/March of the Toys) at the Hyde Park School of Dance’s 25th Anniversary performance of The Nutcracker in Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., on Dec. 16. The school’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is a highlight of the holiday season in Hyde Park. (Photo by Marc Monaghan)