I have said it before, but I must say it again, how much I love the Northeast Ballet Company and Myers Dance Center where Levy takes ballet. This was our second year doing the Nutcracker with the Company and it was just as incredible of an experience as last year. She was a gingerbread again, and what struck me as it did last year, was how the Company manages to both take the production very seriously and at the same time make it seem like you are all in a little supportive ballet family with everyone looking out for each other. During the dress rehearsal, Levy's teacher (also a dancer with the Company who was a Party Girl this year) came in and gave the kids all a special gift, a miniature snow globe with Clara and the Nutcracker in it, and they signed a special card for "Mother Ginger" aka "Mr. Bruce" who walks them out in his giant skirt which they then pop out of to do their dance. They got a chance to watch the rest of the performance after rehearsal from the balcony and I could barely drag her away from it. I have to admit I have also thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by Tchaikovsky for the past few weeks as well.
This year meant so much to us, and we had fifteen family members in the audience to watch her, including my mom, and I was so happy she could be there. I am so incredibly proud of Levy, I don't think I would have been able to get on that big stage and dance in front of all those people when I was six years old. I was definitely one of those crying moms, holding Talley in my arms and simultaneously feeding Jack a steady stream of Mike and Ikes as we watched to keep him in his seat. It was an experience I will cherish always, and I want to give a huge thanks to Darlene Myers, all the parents, teachers and staff at Northeast Ballet for making it possible for all of us, and bravo to all the dancers (including Lauren Lovette and Gonzalo Garcia of New York City Ballet!) on such a beautiful performance! xoxo