I can probably hum the entire score to The Nutcracker. Yes, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Yes, the same one that Macaulay Culkin was in post-Home Alone fame. Yes, the same music that they set to Macy’s and JCPenney and Kohl’s commercials. Why is that?
From 1990-2000 (plus this last weekend) I danced in The Nutcracker with my ballet studio, Ballet Petit. I have probably have seen over a dozen versions from animation to classical ballet to modern dance. And for me, well, it’s just part of Christmas. At my house, what is the holiday season without The Nutcracker?
Over the weekend, I had the delightful opportunity to return to the stage after seven years. I danced in a bunch of different parts, each one posing an interesting challenge. Alright, before I get ahead of myself, I’m so not trying to say that I’m all that and a bag of chips. Because I’m totally not. I’m glad I didn’t fall or break something. And I had so much fun reconnecting with old ballet friends and reliving the rush of being on stage, even if it was a combined total of less than ten minutes.
Ballet Petit celebrated their 30th Anniversary this year. Peggy Peabody, or “Miss Peggy” as well all affectionately call her, started the studio in the back of her mother’s preschool in 1978. Her early performances featured preschoolers and cardboard boxes. Now the production includes over 200 dancers ranging in ages as little as 3 through high school, with a sprinkling of adult dancers. Thanks so much to Miss Peggy and her partner in crime, Miss Darlene for their unflinching love and support to all their dancers over the past 30 years.
Alright, enough of my blabbing, on to the photos!
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