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Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker' is a 'bitter-suite' farewell for Helman

Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker' is a 'bitter-suite' farewell for Helman

Meagan Helman joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland as an apprentice dancer 11 years ago, only a year after Dianna Cuatto took the helm as artistic director.

The two have shared memorable shows together as the troupe emerged as the area's premier professional ballet company, but the coming production of "Nutcracker" at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will likely be a bit "bitter-suite" — it will be Helman's final performance with the company.

Cuatto credits Helman, who lives in Annapolis, with "helping create the vision of BTM," saying her principal dancer has "graced the stage with beauty, sensitivity, magic and love through her every...