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Midland Park Dancers Perform 'Nutcracker' For Cancer Research

Midland Park dancer, Alyssa Cornetta, front, with Donetsk Ballet dancers from Ukraine.
Midland Park dancer, Alyssa Cornetta, front, with Donetsk Ballet dancers from Ukraine. Photo Credit: Maria Cornetta
A tribute to Julie Vigon hangs at Miss Patti's in Midland Park.
A tribute to Julie Vigon hangs at Miss Patti's in Midland Park. Photo Credit: Maria Cornetta

MIDLAND PARK, N.J. — More than 170 dancers from throughout Bergen County who attend Miss Patti’s School of Dance in Midland Park will perform “The Nutcracker” in Paramus with the internationally-acclaimed Donetsk Ballet to raise funds for cancer research.

Twenty-two-year owners Patti and Darryl Vigon of Wyckoff are organizing the 17th annual production through the school’s nonprofit organization, JulieDance.

The couple founded JulieDance in memory of their daughter and New York City ballerina, Julie Vigon, who died at 12 years old from a rare form of bone cancer in 1985.

"It really gets to our heart to see these girls working really hard to get to where Julie was," Patti Vigon said.

“Darryl and Patti really do a lot,” said Midland Park mom Maria Cornetta, whose 11-year-old daughter has been dancing with Miss Patti’s since she was 3. “It’s a really beautiful production and it’s nice that they get to do it with professionals.”

The show will run four times at Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus:

  • Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets are $45 and all proceeds benefit organizations supporting research, care, and treatment of pediatric cancer.

"It's such a pleasure for us to see these girls working so hard," Patti Vigon said. "And Julie's in the back of our mind through the whole thing."

CLICK HERE to watch Julie Vigon (center) dance at a Ukranian dance camp at 10 years old.

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