I've seen the Nutcracker many times, but never dreamed I'd be apart of it. This year The Chicago Festival Ballet came to the Ritz to preform the Nutcracker; however, they needed local dancers to fill in minor roles. It was a good thing too, because I loved being a toy solider! My favorite part was when the Nutcracker and Mouse King are fighting, and both lost their swords. I was privileged to dutifully return the lost sword to the Nutcracker! The experience really shaped my perspective on dance by helping me to see movement as a way to tell a story, similar to how actors use their bodies. I hope you're getting as excited for Christmas as I am!