Living in Arizona’s East Valley, we don’t experience much for winter. Thankfully, with The Nutcracker ballet, we can enjoy a bit of snow during the holiday season. The dancers drift along the stage like lovely graceful snowflakes and flurries. Lacy tutus, jewelled bodices, and intricate headpieces adorn the ballerinas transforming them into delicate and lovely winter wonders. Magic happens while these talented ladies dance on pointe across the floor. The lighting, the fog, and the falling snow really sweep the audience into a whole new place.
The snow scene, in The Nutcracker ballet, has always been my favorite. As a child, I was always mesmerized by the ballerinas in white. Drawn to the glitz of their costumes. Wondering how they did what they did in those pointe shoes. As an adult, I am still in awe. The hard work these dancers do to make a piece look effortless and yet so stunning is inspiring. Don’t get me wrong, the glitzy costumes still peek my interest too.
The dancers at Ballet Etudes do a marvelous job during all twelve of their shows. Audience members are sure to be delighted to experience this type of snow in Arizona. If you’d like to take your family to a performance, you can catch them in two separate East Valley locations; Chandler Center for the Arts and Mesa Arts Center.