A Season of the Traveling Sugar Plum And the Incredible Role of Dewdrop as the Cherry on Top
November and December are the two months of the year for dancing the Nutcracker and spreading Christmas magic. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, holds a special place in my heart; it was the ballet that made me want to be in the New York City Ballet. When I was ten years old, my mom and dad took me to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet and it was then and there that I said to my father, “I am going to dance on that stage someday!” It feels so incredible and also is such an honor to dance the Sugar Plum Fairy now; inspiring young girls like the young me who was sitting that day in the audience with my family.
During this Nutcracker season, I traveled to three different schools to be their guest Sugar Plum Fairy. I preformed with Chamberlain Performing Arts in Texas, Pacific Festival Ballet in Thousand Oaks, and Festival Ballet Theater in Irvine, CA. It is always so wonderful sharing the stage with so many students during my favorite time of year! Not only do I have the opportunity to inspire young dancers to keep dreaming big, but I also get to remember why I love to dance.
Dewdrop is one of the many reasons I love to dance. I was given the role of Dewdrop when I was just sixteen years old at NYC Ballet and it has remained one of my most treasured roles to dance. It is a role that never makes me nervous and one I look forward to dancing each time. Every night I find something different and new in the role and I thank Mr. Balanchine for choreographing such a wonderful gift for a ballerina to dance. I always say I wish I could dance this role all year long, but unfortunately, I will have to wait another year to enjoy it again.