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Rachel Sandman as the Snow Queen and Patrick Faircloth as the Snow King perform in the 2010 "Nutcracker" ballet presented by the Arts Association in Newton County and the Covington Regional Ballet. This year's "Nutcracker" performances are on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11.

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'Nutcracker' ballet takes the stage in Covington

A ballet dancer since the age of 3, Ashley Lazenby has a wealth of experience when it comes to "The Nutcracker," Tchaikovsky's timeless holiday classic. "My very first 'Nutcracker' was when I was in the eighth grade," Lazenby said. "I was in Waltz of the Flowers and the Chinese divertisma. Since then, over my career I've done pretty much everything there is to do in 'Nutcracker.'"

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