File photo                                Emma Mair played a Russian as well as one of the party girls in The Nutcracker.

File photo Emma Mair played a Russian as well as one of the party girls in The Nutcracker.

Christmas submission: The Nutcracker

Emma Mair

Arrow Heights Elementary Grade 6/7

I have been in The Nutcracker for three years.

It is a great experience for local kids in Revelstoke to learn how to do ballet and to perform dances that they have learned with professionals. We are very lucky to have the Victoria Ballet come to Revelstoke to perform alongside the kids.

There are four different kid parts in the play. There are the mice, the Russians, the party girls and of course Clara. This year, I was a Russian and a party girl. They are joined by the company ballet dancers such as Drosselmeyer, the Sugarplum Fairy, the Nutcracker, Mother Ginger, etc.

To prepare for the performance, we practiced every Sunday with the support of our teacher, Kenley. We worked very hard by learning the choreography by looking at a previous video of the Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is a popular show to see at this time of year. I often spot a lot of people I know in the audience when I am dancing. It was a huge audience. Both shows were full, even the Sunday show was sold out!

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