Archive for December 2010

The Last Nutcracker

It’s 10:16am as I write this, ready to leave my place for the last Nutcracker performance.  I woke up this morning saying “this is it”, and even received a few text messages from friends saying “last one! you made it!”.  It’s absolutely right we made it, regardless of injury to my left hip and shoulder,... Read more »

Close Up View of Chicago's Auditorium Theatre

A night out to see the Joffrey perform is an ideal break from your daily work life and a wonderful way to spend time over the holidays.  There is something therapeutic about the entire experience, from witnessing the beauty on stage to the classic music hitting your ears as it is beautifully played out by... Read more »

One Week Left of Nutcracker

A week of all things nuts:  This morning I sat having my coffee, thinking about this week’s Nutcracker marathon ahead of me.  A marathon to me is 2 shows a day until we are done on the 26th…then again this is nothing new to me as this is as it always is at Joffrey during... Read more »

A Dancer's Makeup Evolution

I thought everyone would enjoy seeing the work that goes into being able to look so stunning on stage, lol! No, in all honesty, stage makeup adds a great deal to what you see as an audience member, so everyone (men and women) must go through this process for every show…multiple shows a day, day... Read more »

Thanks to Those Who Bring the Nutcracker Magic

As the Nutcracker continues to run at the Auditorium Theater, we often do not do nearly as good a job thanking and recognizing the amazing team that makes us look so good on stage….all the stagehands, wardrobe, stage managers, etc.  We are a family and a team, much more than just the people you see... Read more »

My Appreciation to Be Among the Dancers of the Year 2010

I wanted to give thanks to the Chicago Tribune, Sid Smith, and Time Out Magazine’s Zachary Whittenburg for including me and saying such wonderful things about me in their Dancers of the Year 2010 and Dance Men of 2010.  This has been a long and very hard year for me (as I’m sure is true... Read more »

Don't Wait Any Longer for Nutcracker Tickets!

Hey everyone….I was going attempting to get my friend tickets to the Nutcracker and found out the show is almost sold out, so do not wait to get your tickets any longer!  We are still performing through December 26th, so don’t wait until the day before to get tickets.   Be sure to check out... Read more »

Nutcracker Photos, Part Two

After a long tour (see part one of photos here), we are finally back in Chicago and so happy to be back.  The Joffrey family is here and ready to perform…we have never been in such great shape, with dancers at the top of their game, giving you a show with more creativity, joy, and... Read more »

Updated Chicago Nutcracker Performance Schedule (Full)

Here is my entire performance schedule for this year’s Joffrey Nutcracker.  I hope you all are able to come see the show, whether it’s your first Nutcracker or you’ve seen it a million times.  I have to say, the company looks better than ever this year, so come support us and come and truly enjoy... Read more »

My Thank You to a Legend, David A. Kipper

When I moved to Chicago to join the Joffrey in 2002 I found a family.  After dancing in different companies, in many different places, I found that all of them handled their companies like business (not that this is necessarily a bad thing).  But it was at the Joffrey where I realized it was not... Read more »