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Justin Heim (center) rehearses with the rest of the cast of “The Nutcracker.” Heim will perform the role of Drosselmeyer in the ballet, which debuts Friday at NDSU’s Reineke Fine Arts Center. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Kris Kerzman

Dances with ‘The Nutcracker’

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Kris Kerzman | Forum News Service

When the FM Ballet stages “The Nutcracker” this weekend, 10 of the 47 cast dancers will be male.

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Like the other dancers in the holiday favorite, they must meet the physical and mental demands of rehearsal, and balance them with work and life.

But being a male dancer can also come with some negative misconceptions, including a stereotype that the men lack masculinity and athleticism.

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