Archive for December 2009

2010 Resolution: Turn This Joffrey Ballet Dancer Into a Decent Popper!

I think you can tell from some of my past blogs that dance is more than just a job to me.  I have great respect for the art form and want more people to be aware of and support the beauty of dance.  Being the dancer myself, it’s all about taking my dancing to the... Read more »

Watching the Last Joffrey Nutcracker Performance for Calvin Kitten....(and of course, Merry Xmas)

Merry Christmas everyone!  Nutcracker is almost over and I have to admit that it was a fierce run.  I am anxious to finally have a break and to not have to wake up the next morning facing another filled day of performances.  When you start the run you have all the energy in the world,... Read more »

Not Too Late to See the Joffrey's Nutcracker

Just thought I remind everyone that the Joffrey is performing the Nutcracker tomorrow and all weekend downtown at the Auditorium Theater…it’s not to late to come and see such a wonderful holiday show!  The run has been non-stop and tiring, but it’s been wonderful too.  We’ve gotten great reviews (here from Sid Smith at the Tribune)... Read more »

Upcoming Videos at

With how busy December gets while we’re performing Nutcracker, I lose track of my days for a minute.  Outside of Joffrey, I have been working hard on keeping 30secondsofdance up and running.  We have some great videos coming up and major surprises (one hint…Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet) coming up.  I can’t wait to share the... Read more »

WGN Radio Appearance & Video

This past weekend I spoke for about 30 minutes on WGN’s 720 radio program with Brian Noonan.  His program runs from 2:00am–5:00am on Saturday mornings, and while I was certainly tired after a long week of rehearsals and opening the Nutcracker on Friday night, I was happy to be on his show at 2:00am Saturday... Read more »

Opening Night

This is the Joffrey’s second Nutcracker without our beloved Mr. Arpino.  He was the guide, architect, and chaperone of our Nutcracker, and when repetition set it, he was always our comfort, applauding us during every single performance.  Last night was our opening night here in Chicago and it was a great performance filled with high... Read more »

It's Opening Night for the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker

I just wanted to remind everyone that the Joffrey Ballet is opening its Nutcracker Season here in Chicago tonight at the Auditorium Theater.  Shows run through Sunday, December 27.  Get your tickets now!  Hope to see you there!! Friday, December 11             7:00 PM Saturday, December 12         2:00... Read more »

Back in Chicago, Ready to Open Joffrey's Nutcracker This Friday

So here we are, finally back in Chicago from the Joffrey’s tour to St. Louis.  We opened Nutcracker to well packed houses in St. Louis, and are now getting ready to open Nutcracker here in Chicago on Friday at the Auditorium Theater.  The run in St. Louis was a difficult start, just automatically going into... Read more »

Day 1 Nutcracker Stage Rehearsal Continued...

Saint Louis Nutcracker from fabrice calmels on Vimeo. To continue from last night’s blog, Wednesday morning’s class was great.  Our Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater, taught class and gave us a long deep warm up.  His classes focus on controlling the body.  For those of you that aren’t all that familiar with ballet, this means his... Read more »

Another Nutcracker About to Begin...Day 1 in St. Louis

It’s day one in St. Louis and I am just really excited to bring you close into the world that is Nutcracker.  I really just want to get people excited for the performance and excited for the holiday season. So far everything is going well.  We took a five hour bus ride from Chicago to... Read more »