This has been a very fast-paced week. In my personal life, I’ve been a busy “Nutcracker mom” for our young ballerina who has a big show coming up with her ballet academy. In my professional life, which I want to share on the blog, I’ve been working on the Nutcracker in SEASIDE®.
There are times in life when the expression keep on dancing truly applies. Now is one of them. I’ve been rehearsing our Seaside dancers for the last eight weeks and I’m so excited for their upcoming performance!
I’m here to extend an invitation for you to join our FREE show on Saturday, November 19th at 5:00pm, performed by Ballet Pensacola and our Northwest Florida area dancers. It’s an amazing performance and FREE to all, thanks to The Merchants of SEASIDE® and support from our patron and Seaside co-founder, Daryl Davis.
Last year we had 1,200 in the audience, which was incredible. Watching our Nutcracker under the stars is truly magical and a great experience for all ages. There is nothing like being steps from the beach in festive Seaside while watching a fun holiday show. It’s the best way to get into the holiday spirit.
Our Bakers with Mother Ginger.
Sugarplum and her Cavalier.
Dewdrop rehearsing before the show.
Bakers marking their opening with our director.
You can read more about this year’s Nutcracker in SEASIDE® in the Seaside Times November issue here.
On a personal note, I feel grateful to have completed my fifth year working with Nutcracker in SEASIDE®, a project close to my heart. I love working with such a great team and helping young dancers train and work toward a goal. It’s so gratifying to see your student dancer perform his/her best under the stage lights after months and months of hard work. It seems like only yesterday I was asking Daryl Davis what she thought about having a Nutcracker right here in Seaside. Thankfully she loved it! Now it’s an annual holiday event in our town, which has enriched our community. Here are Seaside Founders, Daryl and Robert Davis with our director, Richard Steinert (and yours truly) after the last year’s show.
We have an amazing team at Seaside that makes this show happen every year. Our patron Daryl Davis, Events Director, Kevin Boyle (who’s usually too busy to catch him on film), Seaside PR Director, Lori Smith, The Merchants of Seaside (our sponsor), and many others who help make this special night happen. Here’s a shot of Kevin introducing our show.
My injury made running rehearsals challenging this year, but I found a way to make it work. There is always a way. Teaching this Nutcracker season was such a gift because it gave me the experience of ballet during a time when I couldn’t physically dance. I told my dancers last in our rehearsal night how grateful I was for them and how proud I was of their hard work.
I’ve learned that you can never let a temporary setback stop your progress. There are always setbacks in life, but you can never allow yourself to give up. When teaching, I tell my students to create a vision of their higher self in the front of their mind, guard that vision with all of their might, and picture it daily. That image of themselves should never leave their mind, no matter how slow the progress may be or what type of obstacle they may face. Maintain the vision and keep on dancing. Look at these beautiful smiles.
All of this being said, I love this shirt. Need it for 2017.
The rest of this weekend I will be living in the Land of Sweets. Hope to see you at our Nutcracker in SEASIDE® this Saturday, November 19 at 5:00pm.
Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
All photos courtesy STM Photography