Just 10 days remain…
Just 10 days remain in our 2012 Mother Ginger contest. As we draw closer to announcing a winner, we hope you’ll enjoy these backstage moments from a few of last year’s Mother Gingers.
To see the 2012 nominees and vote, visit www.balletaustin.org/motherginger/.
With our Golden Anniversary production of The Nutcracker opening in a mere few weeks, I thought you might like a peek inside a Sugar Plum Fairy’s dance bag.
Twelve-year Company Member Aara Krumpe really likes “the familiar.” Whether it’s wearing warm-ups she’s owned for years (pictured above), standing at “her” spot at the barre, or eating oatmeal for lunch every day, tradition is the name of her game.
How very fitting for a Sugar Plum Fairy…
Since Aara was 15, she’s warmed up every day at the barre in a pair of old, soft pointe shoes. As her rehearsal and performance pointe shoes “die”, she cuts off the laces and saves them for barre work. In her words, ‘they just feel better than wearing ballet slippers!’
Something else Aara can’t live without is her yoga block, which she uses to do splits, stretches and to lay flat. In another note on tradition, Frank Shott – with whom Aara will dance for the 7th year and her barre mate since 2001 – constantly steals the block.
Aara brings her ballet bag, originally a diaper bag given to her by Trainees, to and from work each day and then keeps a smaller separate bag in the studio for rehearsal. Her must-have dance bag essentials? A surprisingly small number of things:
- Cheap White Rain hairspray (she is the “wispy tamer”)
- A tupperware of oatmeal for lunch each day – “I realized I’m not a protein person. I need carbs. Oatmeal gives me enough energy and stays with me all day.”
- Emergen-C, just in case
- At least one unsewn pair of shoes and her sewing bag
- Thera-band for stretching and strengthening
With The Nutcracker rapidly approaching, I asked how long a pair of pointe shoes – which take her 30 or 40 minutes to prepare – will last. Her answer? “Two run-throughs.”
Last but not least, I asked Aara if she has any secret tricks or tips. She had two suggestions for me:
- Elasticized pointe shoe ribbons (available at Discount Dance Supply), which are more comfortable over her Achilles tendon
- Perry’s Pork Chop Fridays. See you there?
You can see Aara on stage this holiday season dancing as Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. For tickets, click here.
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.
We are excited to announce main casting for Ballet Austin’s Golden Anniversary Production of The Nutcracker. More parts to be announced soon.
Frank Shott, Paul Michael Bloodgood
Aara Krumpe, Ashley Lynn Gilfix
Anne Marie Melendez, Chelsea Marie Renner
Beth Terwilleger, Oren Porterfield
Orlando Julius Canova, Ian J. Bethany
Kody Jauron, Andrew Mankin
James Fuller, Christopher Swaim
Christopher Swaim, James Fuller, Preston Andrew Patterson
Rebecca Johnson, Anne Marie Melendez, Jaime Lynn Witts
Sugar Plum Fairy
Ashley Lynn Gilfix, Aara Krumpe
Paul Michael Bloodgood, Frank Shott
Orlando Julius Canova, James Fuller
Elise Pekarek, Brittany Strickland
Edward Carr, Christopher Swaim
Anne Marie Melendez, Rebecca Johnson
Ian J. Bethany, Michael Burfield
Russian Male lead
Preston Andrew Patterson, Ian J. Bethany
Michael Burfield, Jordan Moser
Beth Terwilliger, Oren Porterfield
Jaime Lynn Witts, Michelle Thompson, Chelsea Marie Renner
Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker runs Dec 8-23 at Long Center. Come celebrate the holidays with us. Tickets.
This year is no exception, with the total clocking in at 174. See if you can spot our…
2 Claras, 2 Fritzs, 11 party girls and 6 party boys:
8 rats and 24 mice:
40 bon bons and 20 Chinese
… and 61 angels!
Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is celebrating its Golden Anniversary this year. Tickets available now.
A few weeks ago, we premiered this video at Fete 2012 – our annual gala and biggest fundraiser of the year. Watch below to learn a little bit more about what The Nutcracker means to the Central Texas community.
For more information on how to make a difference with Ballet Austin, visit www.balletaustin.org/mygiftatwork.