Dancing a dream: Nutcracker Ballet to be staged in town
A favorite holiday performance, the Nutcracker Ballet, will be presented to Truckee this week by the students of the Glenshire Academy of Dance.”This is not a dance recital. This is a ballet modeled after the works of major companies,” said Pamalla Davis, a 28-year dance instructor and academy owner.
Although the traditional Nutcracker seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” written by E.T.A. Hoffman, the basic plot remains the same: A young German girl dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King.More than 20 students will be involved in this year’s performance, the academy’s third, including dancers from the Nevada Dance Academy in Reno. The lead role of Clara will be played by 12-year-old Truckee resident Micaela Plumb. The blonde ballerina, who has been dancing for nine years, has performed in four other Nutcracker shows, including one last month with the Moscow Ballet in Reno.
“My whole motivation for teaching in a small community is to bring more appreciation and awareness to the art,” Davis said. “[The audience] always loves this performance, and just goes inside-out for the smallest dancers.”Under Davis’ instruction, dancers have been studying the Cecchetti method of ballet, which requires students to learn and be tested in seven levels of French, physiology, music awareness and appreciation, and anatomy.
“At each level, the dance gets harder,” said Davis, who herself is working on a Grade VI. “And at each level you must have a deeper knowledge of [the subjects].”The ballet is scheduled for Dec. 14 and 16 at 7 p.m. in the Truckee High School Theater.$8 adult and $3 advance tickets are available at Sierra Sports & Physical Therapy and Joby’s Music in Truckee. Or purchase tickets for $10/$5 at the door.
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