Diamond Dance Company (DDC), nominated for the 2014 Broadway World DE awards in Best New Work, Best Choreography (winner), Best Costume Design, Best Set Design, and Best Community Theater Group performed its 18th season with The Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday, December 3 and 4.
In the ballet, a young girl, Clara, is presented with a toy nutcracker from her uncle. Her brother becomes jealous and breaks the gift, but her uncle magically repairs it. That night, Clara falls asleep holding the nutcracker and begins to dream. Her brother’s toy soldiers have come to life and mice are scampering around the room. Soon, a battle, led by the Mouse King, ensues against the soldiers. Eventually, the nutcracker becomes involved in a battle with the Mouse King and, when Clara sees the nutcracker is about to lose, she stuns the Mouse King with her shoe, allowing the nutcracker to stab the Mouse King and place his crown on Clara’s head.
Clara is then transformed into a beautiful princess and the nutcracker a handsome prince. The two travel to the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets, dancing as they travel. Several dance performances have become timeless classics from the ballet, including The Spanish Dance, The Arabian Dance, the Chinese Dance and the Waltz of the Flowers.
Bliss Soucek, Dance instructor at DDC and Assistant Director of Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy (TADA), stated that this year was special for her as she saw younger ballet students step up to lead the performance. “I am incredibly proud of our dancers on their phenomenal performances,” said Soucek. “This year was particularly special, as many of the dancers who were our youngsters at TADA and En Pointe when we started were performing in lead roles. It has been very rewarding to watch them grow and be able to take on larger roles.”
Soucek performed in The Nutcracker for 7 years growing up, including the roles of Clara to the Sugar Plum Fairy. The performance has always held a special place in her heart because “it is a tradition that never gets old.”
Soucek has over 20 years of dance experience. She started when she was three and majored in ballet in college before settling on a career in law. She has been a staff member with TADA since they opened their doors 5 years ago. She hopes that the dancers she mentors will carry these memories and talents with them as they become young women and men.
“I hope that the dancers gain performing experience, love for the art form of ballet, and the feeling of what it’s like to entertain and inspire others,” said Soucek. “They work hard for three months to perfect their roles and learn that hard work and dedication pays off.”
DDC’s next performance is The Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast in April. This will be their first year performing this show. “We are very excited to bring a new ballet on a classic,” said Soucek.
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