George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Tonight, PBS will be showing George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker live from the Lincoln Center. I am so excited!! I cannot wait to watch it. I have never seen the New York City Ballet perform but obviously, they are one of the best. And I can’t want to see them!!

I was really sad because not only did I not get to perform in the Nutcracker this year, I wasn’t even home to watch my studio’s performance. So I’m very happy that I’ll still get to see the Nutcracker. Seeing it on TV is obviously not as good as seeing it in person, but I am happy nonetheless.

After I watch it tonight, I’ll edit this post and let y’all know what I thought!! :D

Alright, I really loved watching the Nutcracker. I wish I had had more experience performing the different parts so that I could’ve compared how they were different to what my studio does.

I think it’s insane how many people are in NYCB’s Nutcracker. We had such a limited amount of people who were advanced enough to perform the technical roles last year, that seeing that many people perform all those parts was mind boggling.

One thing I didn’t like, and this is why seeing it live is always better, is how the cameras would focus in on the dancer’s face while they were dancing. I want to see the foot work!! But I guess that’s what happens when you actually do ballet. The steps become more important than the acting.

I can’t remember exactly everything I thought about it now. I got side tracked skyping with someone. But I was still very impressed with the ballet. And I’m glad I got to see the Nutcracker even though I missed my studio’s performance.

Oh, I did like how Clara was played by a younger person on flat. I wish my studio would do that. The way my studio does the Nutcracker, almost all of the parts are on pointe, including Clara. Which really limits what the younger dancers to do. I think it would be nice to put Clara on flat so that way, dancers like me, who maybe are technically able, just not able on pointe, would have more options to dance.

Oh, I miss ballet. I’m still holding out hope that I’ll be able to take classes this summer. I’ll have a short summer this year, but it will at least give me something to do and give me exercise. Plus, I still really want to improve my pointe work.

But anyways, it was really nice to see the Nutcracker. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever watched it without performing it. Last year was the first time I’d ever seen it period, but I had to catch glimpses of it from backstage.

I love ballet. :D


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