This holiday season, Sparrow Hospital, the Children's Ballet Theatre and the Wharton Center are all partnering up for a special production of "The Nutcracker."
Taking center stage at the Wharton Center is 8-year-old Jordan Goward and her talented and inspirational friends.
"All of the dancers in this room perform in the land of sweets in The Nutrcracker. We are the peppermint candies," says Jordan.
Like this classic holiday show, she says there's nothing sweeter for her than to have this opportunity.
"I have a disability: spinal muscular atrophy. And it doesn't let me walk. I am very weak and cannot hold up my body weight," says Jordan.
But she certainly can hold up her head and she holds it up high with a big smile, just like her eight friends in the production overcoming similar physical challenges.
"They're really friendly and they make me feel good about myself and I really like them for that," Jordan smiles.
Nadine Methner coordinated the partnership between Sparrow and the Children's Ballet Theatre. She says everyone involved in this special Nutcracker performance really goes all out for the girls.
"They're dancing on the same stage as the Wharton stars, using the same dressing rooms and you know we're treating them like stars," Methner says.
Because that's what jordan and these girls truly are both on-stage and in everyday life.
The show ran Friday through Sunday at the Wharton Center. There was also a special Monday performance for area schools and students.
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