From the children who perform as Angels to the professionals who dance the principal role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker is as much a part of ballet as tendus and pliés. It is a yearly tradition for so many dancers because it stands as a holiday tradition for so many families.
Like many others, including Company dancers Aara Krumpe and Ashley Lynn Gilfix (who are interviewed in the video above), it was the first ballet I saw as a child. So many children watch this production and dream of dancing onstage, maybe someday dancing as the Sugar Plum Fairy. And as Ashley explains, the delight of seeing The Nutcracker as a young child became one of her main inspirations for pursuing ballet.
For the Ballet Austin Academy it is a dream come true. And for the Company dancers who will perform as the Sugar Plum Fairy, it is a childhood dream realized. Check out the video above to see why, from Angel to Sugar Plum Fairy, Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker holds a special place for everyone involved.
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