Mormon ballet dancers focused on family

Troy Sorensen loves dancing and wants his sons to be part of that world if they choose.

But he recognizes that the world of dance is not overly populated with family-centered, Mormon male dancers.

Wilson Dominguez says to succeed as an LDS male dancer, one must define himself and be a solid example of righteous principles.

Dominguez and Sorensen are both in this year's "Nutcracker" show produced by the Utah Regional Ballet.

Dominguez, who hails from Portugal, is a Utah Valley University student working on his master's in dance.

Sorensen grew up dancing, now lives in Bluffdale, Utah, and brought his sons to the auditions where he was invited to re-create his role as Madam Ginger/Dr. Stahlbaum.

Ten-year-old Conner is playing Fritz, and 7-year-old Nicholas is a party boy on the nights when he's not the nephew.

That means Sorensen and his young sons will be spending quality time together as they drive back and forth to rehearsals, matinees and night performances.

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