Boy with Down syndrome dances in 'Nutcracker'

CINCINNATI, OH (WPVI) -- A 7-year-old boy with Down syndrome is the star of "The Nutcracker Ballet" in Cincinnati.

Jack Barlow made his debut as "Party Boy Number One."

His mother, Ashley Barlow, said it's a wonderful celebration of Jack's special needs.

Ashley Barlow said, "I (told my friend), 'Julie, I think we are going to home school and I think we are going to move to Russia so we can concentrate on ballet.' Julie said, in jest, 'Well I think Jack should be in the Nutcracker!'"

Jack is the first child with Down syndrome to dance in the Cincinnati "Nutcracker Ballet." He'll be back on stage this weekend.

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