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'Tis the season for girls in tutus as productions of The Nutcracker crank up around the country. If you've got a dance-loving kid in your family but just can't seem to work up the energy to watch another sugar plum fairy flit across the stage, the Raleigh Dance Theatre offers a wonderful alternative in The Dancing Princess, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Based on the Grimm's fairy tale "The 12 Dancing Princesses," a medieval Saturday Night Fever-fantasy where 12 girls retreat to a mysterious enchanted castle to dance all night long, The Dancing Princess tells the love story of Princess Emmelin and Casper the Cobbler (played by Dameon Nagel and Attila Bonger of Carolina Ballet). The hour-long production features two special events: a pre-performance magic show by the Court Jester, and a post-show tea with Princess Emmelin, where the youngsters can mingle with the dancers. The Dancing Princess (pictured) runs Dec. 22 and 23, at Meredith College's Jones Auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; call 834-1058 for details.

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