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Day in the Life with Arianna Ciccarelli

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

It takes years and years of training and discipline, and a lifetime of passion and dedication to become a professional ballerina.” says Arianna Ciccarelli, Corps de Ballet dancer. She has been dancing since she was 7 years old but didn’t decide to try ballet until 11 after watching a movie about Kirov Ballet in which she fell in love with the beauty and discipline of classical ballet.  

Step behind the scenes of a Day in the Life of Arianna Ciccarelli. 

KH: What’s your morning routine before you get to the studio?

AC: I normally get up at 6:45am and go straight to the coffee pot! I don’t like to eat a huge breakfast before class, but I need something substantial to get me started on such a physically demanding day. I like to make avocado toast or a rice cake with peanut butter and bananas.

KH: Walk me through your day once you get to the studio.

AC: Once I get to the studio, I get changed into my rehearsal clothes and go straight to the PT room. I normally like to do 15-30 minutes of Pilates before class. I adjust my workouts to my rehearsal schedules (if I have a long day, I will do much shorter of a workout). After Pilates, I head into the studio to stretch and prepare my pointe shoes for the day!

 

KH: What workouts are you doing during Pilates and why are they important for you?

AC: Every dancer’s body is different, and we all have different things we need to work on! Personally I like to do a lot of ab work and jumping exercises. I struggle a lot with my jumps, so working on them in Pilates is a great way for me to improve coordination and strength.

KH: Tell me more about technique class

AC: We have technique class every day for an hour and 15 minutes. The combinations change every day, but we are working through the same sequences of steps. Even though this is a professional company, we all need to work on keeping our technique clean. Technique class is also our warm up for the rehearsals that follow!

 

KH: You rehearse 6 or more hours a day, how do you stay motivated and focused?

AC: We learn ballets and perform them so quickly, there is barely time to space out. There are so many little details to learn in just a few weeks! Of course, like anyone else we get distracted, but we all love this profession so we are motivated from our own wants and needs to improve.

KH: What do you do during your breaks?

AC: If I have a break, I like to put my feet up and relax a little. Rest is extremely important for dancers and athletes alike. Our job is extremely physically demanding, and if we don’t rest there is a much higher risk for injury! If my body is feeling really fatigued, I will try to schedule a physical therapy or massage appointment.

 

KH: What is your night routine after a long day at the studio?

AC: I typically go home around 6:30 p.m. and prepare a substantial dinner. I am also taking college courses, so I give myself some time after dinner for school work.

KH: How do you unwind and prepare for another day?

AC: If I am really sore, I like to roll out my muscles or take a hot bath. I also try to make time for seeing friends or talking to my family!

Ballet Off Season with Tyler Rhoads

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tyler RhoadsBy Kendra Harris,

After a record-breaking season packed with four incredible productions, you can imagine a dancer needs time to recoup and relax. I sat down with Tyler Rhoads to talk about how he spends his summers off.

What were some highlights for you this season?

I would say one of my highlights from this season with Colorado Ballet would be Nutcracker. During the last week of shows, I got really sick and I felt so guilty for being sick and not being able to come in for a couple of days. Whenever I came back, everyone was so supportive and encouraging and really helped me not feel as guilty and motivated me to get back out there as quickly as possible to help support my friends and coworkers so that we could all put on the best show possible. 

What did you learn about yourself this year?

I learned that I’m very risk averse and sometimes I need to not be so afraid and just need to go out and take a rise regardless of how it turns out. Sometimes if you’re too afraid to take the risk you end up holding yourself back in the long run. 

What are you plans this summer?

I’m going to be doing a few guestings in Texas, Arizona and locally at Zikr Dance Ensemble so that will keep me pretty busy dancing and hopefully that will keep me. We’re going to be traveling some, Sean and I are going on a train ride to San Francisco because we heard it’s supposed to be really pretty going through the mountains and then we’re also going to Hawaii to Maui for a week so that should be fun.

Beyond The Barre: Francisco Estevez

Friday, May 05, 2017

By Kendra Harris

Francisco Estevez is a man of many talents. On top of being a soloist with Colorado Ballet, he impressively balances being married while running a successful photography business and being the proud parent of two dogs. In between the season ending and him heading into the summer, I sat down with Francisco to get to know him more Beyond the Barre.

*This interview has been edited from its original format for structure and clarity.

KH: Let’s talk about some of your favorites. What is your favorite restaurant?

FE: It’s a tossup between Fruition and Rioja. I just discovered Rioja on Larimer Square a couple of weeks ago and it’s very good.

KH: What’s your favorite movie?

FE: I don’t think I have one, I go through phases. Right now I like LaLa Land but before that I liked Star Wars, especially “The Return of The Jedi.”

KH: What’s your favorite book?

FE: “Being Wrong.” It’s written by my best friend's aunt, she used to work for the New Yorker and she wrote a book about the tendencies of people to not admit their wrong and how that’s very limiting for a society.

KH: What would your last meal on earth be?

FE: Pepperoni Pizza!

KH: What are your non-dance hobbies?

FE: Going out to restaurants, especially in Denver because of the variety and high quality and photography. I don’t really have much time for actual hobbies but I like drawing a lot and painting.

KH: What is the biggest misconception about being a professional ballet dancer?

FE: People think we do something else as well, that we must have an outside job to support ourselves, that’s not true and necessary. We’re fortunate enough to be in a company that supports of us well. I think people always see it as something you do and then you move on because it’s not your real job. It is our job and we do get paid for it. On a lighter note, I think the second most misconstrued thing is that men go on pointe, we don’t at all unless you’re in Trockadero, which is an all-male company that does pointe.

KH: If I gave you $100,000, what would you do with it?

FE: I’d buy all the camera equipment that I wanted. I’d buy something nice for my wife, I’d donate to a charity we both believed in, definitely something to do with animals or homeless people or refugees. Then we’d have to see what we’d do if there was any left over.

KH: Three words to describe yourself?

FE: Passionate, curious and sometimes stubborn

KH: If you hadn’t chosen this career, what would you be doing?

FE: I would probably be doing something either in economics or architecture, maybe law. But once I stop doing this career I think I’ll go into photography full-time.

KH: What would you tell your younger self?

FE: To not be so independent. Family is very important and I think, especially in this career if you dedicate yourself from a young age, you tend to leave home early and that requires a lot of independence and growing up early. Sometimes I wish that I had not stayed home longer to be with my family but had that relationship a little bit longer so that I felt tethered to them. It’s not that I don’t love them or anything like that, I do and I enjoy spending time with them but it’s easy for me to be on my own and I sometimes go a long time without talking to them and I feel bad about that. Yet, it also feels normal to me so I’d tell myself to make that a priority and get in the habit of constantly being in communication with my family especially in this career because you’re most likely not going to be in the same city.

KH: What are five of your favorite things?

FE:

  1. Cameras
  2. Movies
  3. Trying different foods
  4. Puppies are a big one
  5. Traveling.

KH: What is your favorite destination?

FE: I really like Europe a lot. London’s nice for short visits because it’s very gloomy, but it’s nice to have the culture and everything’s very organized. It seems like they have their priorities in order. Spain will always have a special place in our hearts, that’s where my wife and I met. And also, my home town Ecuador.

KH: What’s your ritual before a performance?

FE: I don’t really have one. I try to steer away from rituals. I don’t like hyping it up for myself because I like to be relaxed. I used to get really worked up about it and it didn’t help, if anything it made things worse on stage. I tried one time to be relaxed about it and my performances started going a lot better. And I have a lot more fun on stage and less headache beforehand.

KH: What do you love about Denver?

FE: I like the weather and that it feels like its growing. You can feel that the energy and city is expanding, it feels like there’s a lot of potential for projects and things that may happen. I think that’s exciting because it doesn’t feel that it’s dead or standing still. I also like the little microcosms of different neighborhoods, every neighborhood is different and it’s nice to have that type of variety in one city. I also like the proximity of the mountains as well.

KH: Words to live by?

FE: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I think that’s important. I try to be invested in things not to just be a passenger. Be active in your own life and in the lives of those around you. Try to be genuine and nice.

KH: What are your summer plans?

FE: We’re (him and his wife Tracy Jones) going to travel somewhere, maybe Europe but we haven’t decided yet. We teach ballet in different summer programs, so we’ll be traveling around doing that and then for five weeks every summer we work with a company that does contemporary and religious dance. Other than that, I’ll fill my summer up with photography work.

About Colorado Ballet 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

This video originally played at Colorado Ballet's Firebird Gala.  It features artists of Colorado Ballet, Colorado Ballet Academy and Education and Community Engagement programs.

Nutrition with Arianna Ciccarelli

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Arianna Ciccarelli

If you’ve been curious about how a ballet dancer eats, keep scrolling to find out from Arianna Ciccarelli. She also shares some of her favorite recipes!

My nutrition plan varies from rehearsal weeks to performance weeks but it looks something like this:

Rehearsal day

Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Coffee
Chia seed pudding

Snack 11 a.m.
Kashi granola bar

Lunch 2 p.m.
Hard-boiled egg
Toast with avocado

Dinner 7:30 p.m.
Quinoa roasted vegetables and baked chicken

9 p.m.
Dark chocolate or popcorn

Performance day

Breakfast 7 a.m.
Decaf coffee on performance days
Oatmeal with almond butter and banana

Snack 11 a.m.
Cucumber and hummus

Lunch 3 p.m.
Berry smoothie with protein powder

Snack 5 p.m.
 (last snack until after a performance so I have a lot of time to digest)
A handful of pretzels
Piece of chocolate

Dinner 10 p.m. (after show)
Chicken or vegetable curry

Banana Chia Seed pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup  milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup, to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mash up the banana with a fork until all the lumps are gone. 
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Enjoy!

Lentil Spinach Coconut Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or more or less to taste)
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 tin coconut milk (14 fl. oz.)
  • 1 cup water or vegetable stock
  • 2 large handfuls of baby spinach
  • Juice of half a lemon (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh coriander (optional)
  • salt to taste

Method

  1. In a large lidded pan or skillet, heat olive oil over a medium heat and add onions. Sauté until softened, about 4-5 mins. Add Garlic and ginger, and cook for a minute longer
  2. Add the curry powder, cumin and cayenne pepper to the pan and give everything a good stir so the onions are coated in the spices.
  3. Next, add the lentils, coconut milk, water (or stock), and cover. Gently simmer for about 20 minutes stirring frequently (I find that my lentils stick to the bottom of the pan otherwise). If the mixture looks dry at any point, stir in a few more splashes of water.
  4. After 20 mins, fold in the spinach and cook for a minute or two more until the spinach wilts. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan
  5. Finally add lemon juice and coriander if using, and adjust the seasonings to taste.
  6. Serve with rice or naan.

What’s the most important food in a dancer’s nutrition?

Every person and dancer responds differently to every food! I think that is most important to just listen to your body and plan your meal plan accordingly. Many people assume that dancers are all on crazy diets, but moderation is the only “diet” I live by.  We exercise 6 hours a day, and because of this I need to eat a healthy balanced diet, however I never deny myself of any food! I have a major sweet tooth and probably have chocolate of some sort every day!

Ballet Off Season with Domenico Luciano

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Domenico Luciano by Allen Birnbach

After a record-breaking season packed with four incredible productions, you can imagine a dancer needs time to recoup and relax. I sat down with Domenico Luciano to talk about how he spends his summers off.

What were some highlights for you this season?

Swan Lake. It was my first time dancing the Prince in the full version so definitely that. I enjoyed Petite Mort and Serenade. Also, The Nutcracker was great because of unfortunate injuries, I got to dance with two different partners so I got to experience the stage for more shows.

What did you learn this year?

To keep doing what I’m doing, to focus and work hard and to trust that things will get better.

What are you plans this summer?

I’ll be guesting with Oakland Ballet in May for their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I’ll be playing the role of Oberon. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not familiar with the company, so I’m excited to meet new people and experience a new company and learn and share with them.

Do you have any travel plans?

I’m trying to go to Italy to visit my family early July.

How do you stay in shape during the off season?

I try to take class every day, yoga, go to the gym, lift weights, and eat better. It’s very important to try to stay in shape during time off, it makes it easier to come back to a full schedule. With age, you learn and gain experience and I learned over the years it’s best to be disciplined and keep it going rather than to let it go and try to pick back up again. It’s easier to maintain and stay in shape through the summer and it helps with injuries.

Words for the summer

Swim suits, speedo and sun!

Stay tuned for more from our dancers on their summer plans!

Ballet Off Season with Tracy Jones

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

After a record-breaking season packed with four incredible productions, you can imagine a dancer needs time to recoup and relax. I sat down with Tracy Jones to talk about how she spends her summer off.

First, what were some highlights for you this season?

For me the biggest highlight was Ballet Masterworks, especially dancing Serenade. It was huge for me because it was the first big ballet I did on stage over ten years ago. To be back doing it again and doing a principal part was a great experience. Also, Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort has been on my ballet bucket list forever. In the past, it’s been hard selling tickets to Ballet Masterworks, so to see the audience’s reactions was amazing. People always enjoy it but it never gets as much credit as it should and I feel this time, it really showed Denver not only those masterworks but also what Colorado Ballet can do and the talent we have here. It was really rewarding. 

What did you learn about yourself this season?

This season, I had the attitude of I need to do this for me and for the audience more so. The past couple of years, I’ve been very worried about what people think of me as a dancer or what the staff think. My focus was on doing really well for other people instead of remembering why I do this art form and that’s essentially for me and sharing that with the audience. That was the mentality I applied to this season. Also, that hard work does pay off. Hard work and perseverance will get you results. 

So, what are your summer plans?

We start with Fancy Footwork in the first week of the off-season, which is a show the dancers put on themselves. That’s always fun to be involved in. Also, Francisco and I have a lot of teachings scheduled at different summer intensives and I’ll be helping Francisco with his photo shoots this summer.

We also dance with a Sacred Dance Ensemble, which combines ballet with ancient rituals and brings it together. Every summer we do it for about 5 weeks. It’s nice because it breaks the summer up and it gives you a chance to dance in the middle of the layoff. I am also the marketing coordinator of that company, which is exciting because I can explore a different side. It’s fun to explore that creativity which is why I like the off-season, you get to do things you’re sometimes too busy to do during the rest of the year.

We bought a new house so we’ll be moving and furniture shopping which I love to do.

Stay tuned next week to hear from Domenico Luciano on how he spends his summer!

Beyond The Barre: Sarah Tryon

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I sat down with Sarah Tryon, a corps de ballet member with Colorado Ballet last week. She is tiny in stature but big and bold in personality. She quickly puts you at ease with her infectious laughter. Sarah is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and was accepted to train at Canada’s National Ballet School at the age of 11.  Since then, she has trained in places from Zurich, Switzerland to New York City. She is in her second season with Colorado Ballet.

KH: Out of all the places you have lived, what’s been your favorite?

ST: Here definitely, work wise and rep wise and boss wise.  New York City was amazing but Colorado feels more like home and I love living by the mountains.

KH: How did you know you wanted to dance ballet?

ST: I honestly got sick of sports and I wanted to try something new and I just kept with it.

KH: What kind of sports were you in?

ST: Baseball and hockey. I was also in Boy Scouts because it was co-ed in Canada.

KH: What do you eat for breakfast?

ST: Every morning I have a toasted bagel with cream cheese and tomato on top and two cups of coffee. And I’ll eat half a protein bar in between classes.

KH: Coffee or tea?

ST: Coffee, of course, every time. Just with cream.

KH: What are three words to describe you?

ST: Silly, generally shy, that’s when the silly comes out and adventurous.

KH: Have you been on any adventures lately?

ST: Not lately, because Nutcracker season's busy, but normally during the summer I’m in the mountains like every single weekend somewhere.

KH: What are you doing for the holiday break?

ST: I’m going to Vancouver! I’ve never been to the West Coast of Canada and I’m really excited. My friend and I are going up to Whistler and taking snowboarding school. We’ve been dancing our whole lives, so we never got a chance to actually do it.  So we thought it would be really funny if the two of us joined forces, laughing at each other trying to snowboard. Going to wear a lot of padding!

KH: Do you have any hidden talents?

ST: I’m a sharp shooter. A friend’s dad took me shooting in Florida over Thanksgiving when I was working down there and I discovered that I hit the bulls-eye every time, I had no idea. I’ve never been around guns before because they are illegal to own in Canada outside of a hunting rifle, so I was terrified. Eventually I worked up the courage and I just happened to get the bulls-eye every single time.

KH: I won’t mess with you! What is the biggest misconception about being a professional ballet dancer?

ST: That we’re not athletes. People like to say it’s not as hard as football or hockey but it’s actually just as strenuous, just in a different way. We’re a high performance sport but we also have to look beautiful while doing it, which adds another element of difficulty to it.

KH: What’s your favorite recipe to cook?

ST: It’s not a recipe, but I really love to cook steak. I eat it like three times a week. Also, another favorite is a recipe from my friend. It’s a quiche with spinach, watercress and smoked salmon! It’s delicious!

KH: What’s your favorite movie?

ST: You’re going to laugh at me again, (as she whispers) Inglorious Basterds

KH: Oh, that’s such a great movie!

ST: It’s such a great movie. I love Tarantino, he’s amazing because I am really squeamish, but when it comes to Tarantino it’s so overdone that I can sit through and watch it. Like the guy gets his head blown off and I’m like oh yea, that’s normal. I watched it three times in a row when I first saw it over Christmas break.

KH: What’s your jam? What’s your guilty pleasure song?

ST: “Shake it off,” by Taylor Swift. It helps me cope with stress, just shake it off.

KH: Finish this sentence: you haven’t really lived if:

ST: You haven’t traveled. I spent a month in Italy this summer with a friend.

KH: What did you do? What was a highlight?

ST: Horse backing in Florence through vineyards because I’ve never been horseback riding and it was terrifying. I also didn’t know the physical commands, but they also only understood Italian because they're Italian horses and my horse would just veer off into a field and I would just yell “help, I don’t know how to turn my horse around.”

KH: Yea, horses are fun but intimidating. I went horseback riding this September and the guy who owned the horses said, “their just like big dogs” and for some reason when he said that it changed my mind-set and was like, “Oh I can handle this.”

ST: I wish someone would have said that to me! I kept thinking this is a massive beast that weighs 20 times as much as I do and could crush me if he pumps me off, that’s what was going through my head.

KH: Finish this sentence: A ballerina walked into a bar and:

ST: I mean like, a ballerina walked up to a bar and started doing plies. Such a dad joke!

KH: What inspires you to push past your limits?

ST: All the teachers that told me I wouldn’t be a dancer.

KH: What’s a highlight of 2016?

ST: My trip to Italy with a friend I haven’t seen in five years.

KH: What words do you live by? (Life motto)

ST: Persevere and laugh a lot! And wine!

KH: What would you tell your 10-year-old self?

ST: Trust your instincts, definitely! For me personally, whenever I’ve trusted my gut feeling, it's always worked out for the best for me rather than listening and then questioning and second-guessing stuff that people are telling me from the outside.

KH: You just finished The Nutcracker, what will you do first?

ST: Bottle of wine! Well I’m going to hightail it to the airport and land in Vancouver and have a bottle of wine with my friend.

KH: What are you looking forward to for 2017?

ST: I am looking forward to two of my best friends' weddings, and a road trip with my family on the West Coast. Also, I’m really looking forward to Serenade because so far I’m cast as Dark Angel and that’s typically a tall dancer's part and it’s something I thought I would never dance because of my height, so it was a surprise.

Beyond The Barre: Tracy Jones

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

Thank you for tuning into another Beyond The Barre. This week, we feature Tracy Jones who has been with Colorado Ballet for four seasons. Tracy reigns from Ireland and has danced all over the world. We bonded over our time living in Spain and missing the quaint lifestyle of living in a mountain town.

KH: Where are you from?

TJ: I was born in Ireland and when I was 11, I moved to London to train, stayed there for eight years and moved to Spain. And now I’m in Colorado. While in Spain, I lived in Segovia, just outside of Madrid. I also lived in Barcelona; the company I worked for toured a lot too, so I got to see a lot of (Spain) and the world, which was nice.

KH: What’s been your favorite place?

TJ: I really love Segovia. It was a really simple way of living and it’s where I met Francisco, a soloist at Colorado Ballet and husband of 2.5 years. [Emphasis added]

KH: How did you know you wanted to dance ballet?

TJ: My mom used to dance when she was younger and so when I was five, she sent to take ballet lessons. When I was about 10, my ballet teacher in Ireland took my mom aside and said this, “kid has a lot of potential” so they took me over to London to audition for the Royal Ballet School and that’s kind of when I knew I wanted to give it a go and do it for a long time.

KH: What’s your favorite thing about Denver?

TJ: My friends. I have a really good group of friends and they’re all pretty much from the company. Colorado Ballet has a really nice family feel to it.  My closest friends are people I work with and I feel like not a lot of people can say that, so that’s awesome.

KH: What do you eat for breakfast?

TJ: Normally I’ll have a croissant with a banana and soy latte. On the weekends, I like to go for brunch or if I’m really adventurous we’ll cook some eggs and bacon at home, but generally we go to brunch.

KH: What’s your favorite brunch place?

TJ: Jelly Café downtown is really great and then there’s also Four Friends Kitchen.

KH: Do you have any hidden talents?

TJ: My handwriting is really neat, does that count?

KH: Yeah! People are making a living with their handwriting.

TJ: Well, I would say that!

KH: What inspires you to push past your limits?

TJ: That’s a good question, for me as I’m getting older I realize I’m doing it for me and for the audience. Sometimes you get into places where you put too much pressure on yourself and you feel you have to do everything perfectly. You have to remember that it’s an art form and ballets are never going to be perfect. People that come to watch want to be transported somewhere, so for me remembering that and remembering it's more about the art and why I love to dance that helps me when I get down in a rut.

KH: What is the last song you listened to?

TJ: I listened to some Christmas music this morning on the way to work.

KH: What is the next goal you have set yourself?

TJ: At the moment, I’m thinking about getting my Realtor license, I think that could be cool. I like to branch out and have things outside of ballet too.

KH: What is the biggest misconception about being a professional ballet dancer?

TJ: That we don’t eat. That’s the most common question I get asked, “Do you have to be on a really strict diet?”

KH: If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

TJ: I’d have to have an outfit of some description because that’s appropriate. I have some jewelry passed down to me from a great aunt when she passed away that’s pretty special, so that would be on the list. Do my puppies count? I have 2 puppies and I guess my passport because I’d always be able to travel.

KH: What is your favorite movie?

Moulin Rouge--Baz Luhrmann’s awesome, his stuff is great and I love Nicole Kidman and I like musicals too.

KH: Three words to describe yourself?

TJ: Organized, determined and I’d say hard-working.

KH: What does your perfect day look like?

TJ: Sleeping in a bit, going for brunch with Francisco and some friends. I’d take the dogs for a nice walk in our neighborhood and maybe go to the movies. We don’t have a lot of time to just chill out because we get so busy, especially during performance times so it’d be pretty low-key.

KH: If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you be doing?

TJ: I’ve always been drawn to law. I’m not sure if that’s something I’d transition to at this stage of my life but I think if I could relive life and not do ballet, I would try my hand at being a lawyer.

KH: What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?

TJ: That I speak Spanish. I don’t look like I should speak Spanish.

KH: What would you tell your 10-year-old self?

TJ: Always follow your instincts and try not to take things too seriously. I still need to remind my 28-year-old self that. Just take everything with a pinch of salt, take the good things and don’t hang on to bad things. It’s easier said than done but that’s the advice I’d give.

KH: What words do you live by? (life motto)

TJ: "Always remember, you are Braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." -A.A Milne (from Winnie the Pooh).

KH: How long have you been doing The Nutcracker?

TJ: I started doing the Nutcracker when I was 11 years old. I grew up doing it in the Royal Ballet production and then with English National ballet and I did the Nutcracker suite in Spain and this is my 4th season doing it with Colorado Ballet.

KH: What roles are you playing?

TJ: The doll, Clara’s mom, crystals, Spanish, Arabian and Marzipan divertissements.

KH: Do you have a favorite role?

TJ: I would say the Arabian is my favorite, but I also like doing Doll because there are some funny moments like fake slapping Drosselmeyer. It’s always cute to hear little kids laughing and seeing that reaction. That’s why we do it, for them. 

KH: What are you most excited about with this year’s Nutcracker?

What gets me through Nutcracker every year is remembering that for most people in the audience, it’s their first time coming to Nutcracker or the ballet or it’s a family tradition that they do every year.  That always makes me excited when we're about to go into 28 shows. I always think there’s a little girl out here and this could be what makes her dream of becoming a ballerina.

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

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  • Shapiro Chiro
  • KeyBank
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