On December 6th, I sat in the audience at Miller Auditorium, filled with anticipation because six of my dancers, ages 5-14 were cast in the professional production of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. As I watched the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra warm up and the beautiful red curtains rise, I had goose bumps. I knew it was going to be a magical evening, and IT WAS.
My heart felt as though it was going to burst with happiness as I watched each scene. Ballet Kalamazoo and other local dancers delivered an amazing and joyful performance. I am so proud of these young dancers who were so brave to try something new and take on the challenge of dancing onstage with professional dancers before a sold-out audience in order to gain this wonderful ballet experience. My dancers dazzled on stage, and I look forward to watching them continue to blossom as ballerinas.
This past Saturday, I hosted a Nutcracker Tea and Cookie Decorating Party for my dancers, their families and our Kalamazoo community. It was my first time hosting a party like this, and it was so fun to put together! I had a vision in my head of how I wanted it to be, and it was amazing to see it all come together. During each moment of preparation - tying ribbons on tiny tea cups, selecting decorations or baking cookies; I was imagining the kids and how much fun we were going to have.
When Saturday morning came, our dance studio at The Station transformed into a Nutcracker Ballet-inspired space, setting the mood for the holiday spirit of togetherness and fun! Hundreds of cookies were set on the table and decorations placed with care. I was so nervous because we were in the middle of our first snowstorm. Everything was ready but would anyone come to the party? To my relief, 10 minutes before the event was set to start, the door opened, and we had a steady stream of over 50 children and their families!
The best thing was that new friends from our Kalamazoo community came to the party who were not dancers with Ballet Kalamazoo. I was honored that these families felt welcome at the party and how beautiful it was to observe all the families and friends interacting together. My goal with Ballet Kalamazoo is to create a positive, welcoming, friendly space for our youth, and I loved seeing that happen. We had a wonderful time enjoying great child-friendly teas like Blueberry Pomegranate from Tudor Tea House & Spice, decorating Christmas cookies, enjoying tea party treats, friendship and, of course, dancing! Thank you to everyone who joined us and made this special event so amazing!
As our first semester at Ballet Kalamazoo comes to a close; I would like to say THANK YOU. Thank you for choosing me as your ballet teacher. Thank you for believing in a new company and for being a part of this experience with me. Together, we make Ballet Kalamazoo a special place to dance. I am so excited to start 2017. It will be a year filled with more ballet, new friends and hard work on our original ballet production of “Snow White”!
Now enrolling for Winter 2017! Our Winter Semester begins January 9th and runs to March 30th. For more information about joining Ballet Kalamazoo, please call 269-267-6681, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit our website at www.balletkalamazoo.com. We would love to have you join us!
I wish you and your families a Beautiful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
Photo Credit: Picking Photography
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,