Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's that Time of Year Again


I hadn't planned on it, but when our daughters got an invitation to audition for the Nutcracker once again, we decided it was worth the experience. Oleander, Skoshi A, and I spent all afternoon, Sunday, at the Kennedy Center while the two girls auditioned for a new production of George Balanchine's Nutcracker staged by the Pennsylvania Ballet. If you are familiar with George Balanchine's production of this story ballet, you know there are tons of children's parts to be had. This was a completely different experience from the auditions of last year, when the girls danced with the Joffrey Ballet. There were incredibly few parts available to my tall Oleander. In fact, there was only one dance that needed 6-8 dancers that she was the correct height for. There were dozens of parts available to Skoshi A, as a shorter dancer. Many of the dancers did not even have to actually audition. They were measured and then assigned a part based on their measurements. I found that very strange, to say the least.

In the end, Oleander was released, after a protracted argument between the dance masters and the artistic director about whether she was too tall. After measuring her again, they decided she was indeed too tall. She was disappointed, of course, but handled herself incredibly well. Skoshi A will be dancing with the Pennsylvania Ballet as a toy soldier. There go my weekends, at least through Thanksgiving. Still, I'm very proud of both of my dancers!
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3 comments:

Dawn said...

Congratulations Skokshi A! Sorry to hear about your weekends Mom. Oleander, ever thought of modeling? Tall is good in that field :)

Party of Eight said...

I thought ballerinas were supposed to be tall? Shows what I know about dancing ;) Congratulations to BOTH girls for auditioning!!! From the little bit I saw of you last year, I thought you were as cool as a cucumber about the whole thing, and I hope it goes the same this year! I can't wait to hear about your adventures :)

Walter said...

Hey Mau,

Little O is too tall!!! Sounds like those dance masters and artistic director need to have a little conversation with Uncle Walt. I'm sure a few moments of "convincing" will cause them to think more creatively about my neice's role in the ballet. Little O you didn't get the part because those people are dumb...you definitely have the mad skills to be a great ballerina. As for Angelina the Ballerina...the name says it all kid (it pays to be short munchkin!) Congrats kid I'm proud of you!!! Mau...taxi driver extraordinaire have fun sitting around, driving around and toting Angelina the short ballerina to all of her practices (along with all the few other things you have to do). I'm sure it will be a great experience and well worth the time.

Love ya Mau

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