Showing Dec. 15-24, the production created and staged by director/choreographer, Mark Erickson, is filled with magic, pageantry, handsome dancing, elegant costumes and a story.
Tandy Beal and Company,"JOY!": Billed as a holiday show with circus, dance, and live music, Tandy Beal's "JOY!" is a follow up to last year's popular "Nutz RE-Mixed!"
The Huntington Beach Academy of Dance's Ballet Etudes, one of the city's foremost student dance companies, is upping its game for this year's production of "The Nutcracker" by hiring a professional dancer for the first time to dance the role of the Cavalier. Each time the ballerina takes on the role, she said her movements become more refined and the emotions more natural as she becomes more comfortable with the part. "We just do a little basic warm-up ... and it's a family workshop, so it's a partnered dance I teach".
Amelia is 14 years old and has been dancing for 11 years.
"She would blow me kisses, and I would stand at the corner of the stage and jump and blow kisses back to her, because it was my big sister, and I thought it was the coolest thing", Morton said. I'm in a different state of mind. She is one of 90 local ballet students from 32 Hampton Roads and North Carolina dance schools who will perform alongside professional dancers from the Richmond Ballet. "Finally, one day you get there and you show love to the younger ones and Ms. Sharon shows you love, and you're showing what you love to do, on stage".
Nashville Ballet is celebrating 10 years of Nashville's Nutcracker at TPAC's Jackson Hall with all-new magical elements to mark the occasion.
Daigle spoke glowingly about the entire exhibit, but she has a favorite part - a sectional view of a tutu, the traditional costume that includes a multi-layered skirt that stiffly stands out from a dancer's waist. "I feel like it's definitely taught me to act, and it's given me a lot of stamina". "I have always enjoyed performing alongside the other cast members at Festival Ballet".
Amelia's dream "is to teach dance, as well". But it's not just her family that Silver looks forward to seeing at the ballet. With front row seats, she said she often counts the seconds between costume changes or keeps an eye on her daughter's props.
A whole section of the retrospective is dedicated to the thousands of kids who have performed in the ballet over the years. It's certainly a good challenge, having to get out of my comfort zone, because these days, I find comfort in more contemporary works.
Madison is 16 years old and has been dancing for 13 years.
Tupelo High School senior Anna Calhoun is sad to be saying goodbye to "The Nutcracker" with her final performance after 12 years in the production, but she can't wait to be a part of it.
Beginning at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville, Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer meet a colorful cast of characters from faraway lands. This year, she's performing the Arabian, a Mirliton, a Snow Fairy and Soldier Doll, as well as dancing the Waltz.
At this point, Madison said that she's interested in going to college to study dance.