The Nutcracker. I’m a little bit ballet obsessed, have been for years and it probably wont ever go away. I haven’t taken a class in a long while, switching to ballroom instead. Don’t even ask how I managed to convince my husband to take class with me, that might be a whole different post…. Basically I love everything dance. I still have all my old pointe shoes and dance outfits. I admit it was slightly painful putting on the shoes but I did it!
This time of year always brings me back to my first love and that also means I become slightly obsessed with The Nutcracker! No matter what, I always watch it on Christmas Eve or Day. I have even gone so far as to skip or be late for a dinner because I’m completely lost in that magical world. The past few years, however, have been slightly devastating because the classics don’t seem to be on anymore. I’m old school when it comes to this. I don’t need cartoons or contemporary dancers (who I generally love), I just need a good old fashioned Nutcracker. Can you believe there is even one that takes place somewhere warm? What is that all about? I’m sure living on an island must be absolute heaven but it’s not The Nutcracker! As a result my wonderful husband has been buying me a different video each year in order try and satiate my obsession.
As girlie as I can be when it comes to ballet I’m not a Sugar Plum fairy fan. It’s the Arabian dance that steals my heart. I have a memory of watching one ballerina who was absolutely mesmerizing! She must have been a member of The National Ballet of Canada but it was such a long time ago that by now I can’t be sure where I saw her. For now my goal is to see someone equal or better to the dancer I can see so clearly in my mind.
Years and years ago, before my mom refused to see yet another Nutcracker, we wound up going on the wrong night. Basically she messed up the show days. She had no desire to return so she told me to keep my mouth shut and proceeded to sweet talk some manager into letting us watch that night’s performance. There was some talk about us having to leave on an emergency trip and we wouldn’t be able to come another night, that her daughter would be devastated and wasn’t there anything they could do? Well it worked. Two comfortable armchairs were brought in and suddenly we had prime seats! Genius.
So tonight I’m off to see yet another Nutcracker, this time it’s a filmed performance of the Royal Ballet. Hoping to see my Arabian princess!