Redskins’ Norman Prepares for Role as Arabian Prince in ‘Nutcracker’ Dec. 14

Redskins’ Norman Prepares for Role as Arabian Prince in ‘Nutcracker’ Dec. 14

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is making the transition from “Dancing with the Stars” to dancing with “The Nutcracker.”

Norman is scheduled to be a “guest star” for opening night when the Loudoun Ballet Performing Arts Company presents “The Nutcracker” at Loudoun Valley High School Dec. 14-16.

Norman will dance the role of the Arabian Prince in the performance at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14. A portion of the proceeds from that evening’s performance will benefit Norman’s Starz24 Foundation. Through community events and youth programs, Starz24 challenges youth to participate and excel in areas that develop strong interpersonal skills and awareness of the world around them.

“I met these talented ballet dancers at the Loudoun School of Ballet when I was rehearsing for ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” Norman said. “I have tremendous respect for their stamina, strength and commitment to the demanding sport of dance. Yes, sport. I am honored to be invited to join them on stage and to have another opportunity to dance in support of Starz24.”

Norman, who was drafted by the Carolina Panthers out of Coastal Carolina, was signed as a free agent by the Redskins after he made the Pro Bowl in 2015. He was ranked 59th in the list of the NFL’s top 100 players for this season.

“Josh’s energy and joy of dance are contagious,” LBPAC Executive Director Cherie Maroni said. “Josh will undoubtedly bring the magic of ‘The Nutcracker’ to life in his rendition of the Arabian Prince. LBPAC dancers are thrilled to have Josh join them for a performance and to support his Starz24 Foundation.”

PHOTOS BY MARY YEE Washington Redskins defensive back Josh Norman pauses during rehearsals with LBPAC Executive Director Cherie Maroni and company dancer LaurenBacchus, who will perform alongside Norman as the Arabian Princess. TOP PHOTO: Josh Norman and Lauren Bacchus practice under the instruction of Artistic Director Lisa Startsman.

LBPAC is northern Virginia’s largest pre-professional ballet company, with nearly 60 dancers who range in age from 9 to 19. LBPAC is in the midst of its ambitious second season, with the goal of bringing the joy and artistry of dance to Loudoun County through full-length classical and original ballet productions.

Performances of ‘The Nutcracker’ will be at 7:30 Dec. 14 and 2 and 6 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 16. All performances will be at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit lbpac.org.

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