So here we are once again, getting ourselves ready for the Nutcracker season. I would say it is the most fun part of our season, although I am certain other dancers would adamantly disagree with me. Let’s see, I tried to do this in the last blog, but it’s anywhere from 20-40 performances a season (this year close to 25) plus four weeks of rehearsals (noon to 6pm) times the number of years I’ve been dancing. For me it’s been about 660 times. That’s a lot of Nutcracker music, lol! But the truth is I love it. This is the one time in performances you can actually relax a bit (a bit). It is still a lot of work and preparation, but what I mean by being about to relax is that the movements are ingrained in my body. I do not have to overwhelm myself with unnecessary thoughts or stress about remembering the choreography. The choreography is permanently in my body. It’s nearly all muscle memory. But one of the true highlights for me every year are the kids that join our production….
As for the kids in the production, you can always sense the pure exuberance they feel to be on stage with the Joffrey dancers. It’s so wonderful for them to see things from our point of view, to be so close to the dancers, and interact with us on stage. It’s a great feeling to be there with them, to see this spark, this undeniable twinkle in their eyes.