Brooke Moore in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
”When I was seven, my parents brought me to a performance of The Nutcracker in Pittsburgh and I couldn’t sit still in my seat. When I got home I wouldn’t stop dancing. I started and I never stopped. The Nutcracker is such a holiday tradition. There’s something about it that the audience loves. It’s that same thing that made me love it when I was a little girl. I hope my performance will give that to other little girls and that they can get half the pleasure and enjoyment that I got from watching it that first time. When you’re dancing, no matter what happens, you need to keep going. Even if you fall on your face, you just pretend it was meant to be there and keep moving. The trick is to make it seem effortless, even if you can’t breath or you’re sweating and exhausted. I still get pretty nervous. I just remind myself that I’m there to entertain the audience. It’s something I’m passionate about, so it should be an enjoyable experience for everyone, including me.” >> Through Dec. 31. $24-$129. Academy of Music, 240 S Broad St. 215.893.1935. www.paballet.org.
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