Saturday was Grace's last performance in this years Nutcracker ballet! Since September, she has rehearsed every Saturday and Sunday and has participated in 11 shows in 4 venues sprinkled throughout the state.
One of the most wonderful things about performing is the friendships that are forged and community that is created. When Grace first started taking ballet, I was concerned about her lack of team sports. I needn't have been!
Her major role this year was as a Pollichenille but she once also performed the Chinese role. Her ballet school has a professional company so principal dancers do the majority of the parts with students filling in the supporting roles.
My whole family went to her last performance Saturday evening. I love this particular venue because they dance to a live orchestra and the girls choir also performs. They did a wonderful job and it was the perfect way to kick off Christmas week!
Photos 1, 2 and 6 by Leighton Chen