"Sugar Plum Fairy." Just the mention of her name brings a sigh and a twinkle to a little girl's eye. Then you have the Nutcracker Prince, Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy and all the mysterious inhabitants of the Kingdom of Sweets. Magical characters all, taking the stage to tell a wonderful tale. Yes, the holiday season is here.
Since early September, 19 Vail Youth Ballet Company dancers, younger students from Vail Valley Academy of Dance and members of the community have been rehearsing for the Friends of the Dance biennial "Nutcracker." The three performances are at the Vilar on today, Saturday and Sunday.
This year's Nutcracker Cavalier is Brian Dunning, from Colorado Springs. He has been traveling to Edwards every weekend for rehearsal and brings talent, vast experience and youthful enthusiasm to the task.
Anne Powell, artistic director of VYBC says, "Brian has been great to work with. He's wonderful to our dancers, especially Katherine Sayre, who is dancing Sugar Plum. He has been great for her confidence. We all feel like he's one of us. Because we had him here for every rehearsal we can do the grand pas this year. That makes the show so special.
Colin Meiring, JoAnn Moore and Kari Sea, assistant artistic director of VYBC, all have contributed wonderful new choreography. The audience will also see new costumes and beautiful props created by Frank Bontempo.
"The dancers are dancing at a very nice level," Powell said. "In the two years since the last presentation there has been a lot of development among the Company dancers. It's very exciting for me to see this progress."