Friday, December 23, 2011

'Tis the Season

A dancer's holiday season starts much earlier than other peoples'. Why is that? Because most companies start rehearsing for the Nutcracker in August! We hear songs from the festive party scene, the sprightly snow scene, the glorious Waltz of the Flowers, and the delicate Sugar Plum Fairy solo for over 3 months straight. You start to take it for granted when you are hearing it and dancing it over and over again, but I never get tired of The Nutcracker and all of the joy that comes with it.

This ballet represents Christmas spirit, wonder, imagination, and most importantly, tradition. What would we be without traditions during this time of year? After all, the holidays themselves are traditions. It is something that is a constant in everyone's lives, no matter what religion you believe in. It is something to look forward to every year, and it is such a special time because of the meaning behind it. The season is about family, love, happiness, and giving. Similarly, performing The Nutcracker was a time to come together with people I care for; my second family.

I started performing with Cecil Dancenter when I was 8 years old. I performed in The Nutcracker, along with many other productions, for 10 years. In the spirit of the holiday season and The Nutcracker, I wanted to share some photos from past performances :)

2000, Gingersweet- with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop Fairy
2000, Gingersweet- with my CDT sister
2000, Gingersweet
2000, full cast
2001, Marzipan
2001, Marzipan
2002, Flower petal- with the Sugar Plum Fairy
2003, Spanish
2003, Snow
2003, Snow
2004, Clara- flyer
 2004, Clara
 2004, Clara- with the Nutcracker Prince
 2004, Clara- in the party scene
 2004, Clara
 2007, Sugar Plum Fairy- stage rehearsal
2007, Snow
 2007, Sugar Plum Fairy
2007, full cast

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