‘Tis the Season for Winter Ballet
The Nutcracker ballet, well-known as a holiday tradition in America and many countries around the world, was first premiered before Christmas in 1892, set to the music by Tchaikovsky, and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. But it was not until its first American premiere on Christmas eve in 1944 by San Francisco Ballet, when the Nutcracker became a national holiday tradition.
Since then, gradually all ballet companies started to present their Nutcracker performances as part of the local holiday celebrations. Today, practically all ballet schools and major dance schools either stage their adapted version of the Nutcracker, or have their own creation of winter ballet.
DAU started to have its own holiday ballet in 2010. In 2012, when several new ballet teachers joined the faculty, Ms. Julie and Mr. Jeremy, along with help from several other teachers, choreographed a full-length winter ballet, “Of Wishes & Dreams”, set mostly to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker music. The ballet was beautifully staged. All dancers, parents and audience loved the shows. In 2015, we formed DAUBC – DAU Ballet Company, a student group that meets every Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 to rehearse ballet for the holidays and for a Spring showcase. There are currently only 16 members in DAUBC. This small group of dancers worked very hard since September on our first show – DAUBC Winter Ballet, an excerpt from our full length Winter Ballet choreographed by Ms. Julie and Mr. Jeremy, rehearsed by Ms. Julie, Mr. Jeremy and Ms. Beth Ann. Our sold-out performance this past Saturday, December 12th was a big success.
We welcome DAU ballet students to inquire about DAUBC. Those who watched our show could see how much our dancers had learned in just a few months, and what a wonderful performance they put on. We would love to see more dancers next year!
Happy Holidays and Happy Dancing!