Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Ballet is very special to me since I personally performed in the ballet for at least 9 years. The ballet company I danced in only ever performed The Nutcracker. Other pieces that we performed were dances that were choreographed for us. So The Nutcracker was the only full ballet that our company performed. When I moved to Utah 5 years ago my Grandma thought it would be fun to take me to the Ballet West production of The Nutcracker. I loved it. I had never seen a professional company perform anything. It has become a tradition to see The Nutcracker every year with my grandma, aunt, cousin and sister.
I'm sure that Ballet West isn't the best professional company out there but I think they do a marvelous job and I sure enjoy to watch them. The summer after I graduated from High School I danced with the Ballet West Academy Summer Program. It was a really neat experience. Some of the company members came and took class with us (I was in the top class) to keep in shape and that was pretty cool.
This is Jason Linsley and he is a Soloist with Ballet West. He was one of the company members that was in my class. I had a super huge crush on him that summer. I felt so privileged when the teacher asked me to demonstrate a lift in class with Jason. It was AWESOME!!! I clap extra hard for him when he dances!!

So today I went to The Nutcracker!
It was pretty awesome. I almost didn't go because I've been feeling a little under the weather, but I'm glad I made the choice to go.
Every year I buy a Nutcracker for sentimental reasons. This is the one I bought today.I bought this one at Macy's! Cute little Mouse King!
Me, my cousin and my sister after The Nutcracker!


Marilyn said...

I'm glad you had fun. That's a great tradition. I too love the ballet. Dancing was some of the best times of my life.

Kami said...

Fun! I'm not huge on the ballet part, but I LOVE the music! It's cool that you make a tradition out of it.