I’ve mentioned, a time or two, that I’ve got a dancing background. To be specific, I’m referring to ballet. I broke my leg, at age 3, falling off a Radio Flyer wagon and had to rehab/re-learn how to walk. The doctors told my parents that I needed to do either gymnastics, ballet, or swimming, in order to make sure that I didn’t develop a limp later in life. I chose ballet, and danced, rather happily, for nearly 10 years at Columbus Ohio’s BalletMet.

I remember trying out for the Nutcracker, when I was a student there, and how exciting it all was! I never got selected for any parts (my mom has her own theory about why I never made the roster, but I won’t get into it. Let’s just say that politics played a part.)

Anywho, I’ve been wanting to catch a showing of the annual Nutcracker production for years now, and haven’t been able to make it! I’m not sure this year is the year for that, but I’m certainly going to try! If not, then definitely next year!

Here’s a snippet of this year’s production press release:

The quintessential holiday event, BalletMet Columbus presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 10-26, 2010 at the historic Ohio Theatre. The production is a special experience for both the young and the young at heart with exciting classical ballet performed by a talented cast of more than 100 professional Company and student dancers, larger-than-life characters, and recorded narration by Sir Roger Moore. Plus, this season’s production will feature new sets and costumes for Act I, the Columbus Symphony performing Tchaikovsky’s score live, and Hilliard Davidson Madrigals and the Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble singing in select performances. New sets have been designed and built for the Stahlbaum family’s holiday party. And 18 new Snowflake costumes have been constructed by the BalletMet Costume Shop for the snow scene at the end of Act I.

BalletMet’s The Nutcracker has enchanted generations in Central Ohio for more than 30 years and continues to be a centerpiece in Columbus’ holiday festivities. This season’s magical production, conceived by BalletMet Artistic Director Gerard Charles and theater artist Robert Post, features BalletMet’s 25 professional Company dancers, five trainees and 138 Dance Academy student dancers. The Company will present 15 public performances and three Morning at the Ballet shows for school groups. BalletMet will also tour the production to Syracuse, N.Y., for its second engagement with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

Shoutout to the Hillard Davidson Madrigals 😉 – my old high school, even though I was an orchestra girl, not a choir girl. It’s all about the arts, baby!