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The NYC Ballet’s Nutcracker

On a whim, I asked a friend to attend the screening of NYC Ballet’s The Nutcracker in San Francisco. After looking at the ticket prices at the SF Ballet, I thought this was the only way I’d get to see it this season.

It was the first time I’d seen this ballet, and I wasn’t disappointed. The sets, the costumes, the choreography! It was marvellous.

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NYC Ballet’s Ashley Bouder as Dewdrop in the Nutcracker.

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I’d always heard the Sugarplum Fairy was the premier role in this ballet, but the standout performance for me was seeing Ashley Bouder as Dewdrop.

I don’t purport (at all!) to be an expert in all things ballet, but I know what I like. She had such lightness, such joy that she radiated when she moved. It was intoxicating. I sat there, in the cinemas, overcome with emotion. Tears were the way it manifested and it surprised me.

There’s something so graceful and beautiful when you see a ballet lived, embodied by those that dance it. It’s as though the dancer is exists only to perform this for you. It’s hard to imagine these¬†people move among us, preferring to believe they sleep in their dressing rooms and are awoken only before curtain rises to conserve their energy.

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Watching Ashley Bouder is similar to¬†watching SF Ballet’s Yuan Yuan Tan. Both have that commanding stage presence that is required of a principal dancer at a major company. But they both have something else, for lack of a better term you could call it an ‘it-factor’.

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SF Ballet’s Yuan Yuan Tan as Odette in Swan Lake.

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For me, dance can be incredibly emotional. I am lucky that I have a great friend who shares my passion for it, and doesn’t ask me why I crying.

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