Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Nutcracker

Nutcracker 2012

Today, Violet joined me in one of my favorite holiday traditions- going to Lincoln Center to see The Nutcracker! We went a little early so that we could go to Starbucks beforehand. We each got a caramel apple spice and waited outside until the theatre opened. My moms suggested we take some photos, so we took off our jackets and climbed up on the fountain. Don't we look pretty in our matching dresses?

Nutcracker 2012

Here's lovely Violet in her holiday dress. When we went shopping for Nutcracker dresses, she spotted this one and insisted that we buy matching dresses! I didn't mind, since Violet is my very best friend. She and her mama are probably the only people who can convince me to wear a dress!

Nutcracker 2012

Here I am in the promenade. I took a photo on this very same spot when I saw The Nutcracker last year! I love going to the Koch Theatre. It was designed especially for ballet- for the NYC Ballet. Even though we'd just finished our caramel apple spices, Violet and I asked for some sparkling grape juice. My moms told us that we had to wait for intermission!

Nutcracker 2012

Before the performance began, we went out on the balcony outside the promenade. From the balcony, you can look down on the fountain and see the other theatres on the plaza. The afternoon sun was shining- doesn't Violet look pretty in the winter sunlight? Soon we heard the chimes calling us into the theatre- the performance was about to begin!

The performance was beautiful! Violet's favorite part was the party scene, where all the children dance in their beautiful party clothes. I like the second act, which takes place in the Kingdom of Sweets. My favorite dance was the Spanish Hot Chocolate. It was also fun to see the polichinelles from the audience! (That's the piece that I dance in.) But best of all was seeing our friend Coral perform as Marie/ The Little Princess! She did beautifully!

Nutcracker 2012

After we watched the dancers take their bows, we went back out into the theatre to take a few last photos. Here's Violet with the promenade below her and the theatre behind her. Doesn't she look lovely?

Nutcracker 2012

Here's one last photo of me in the same spot. I had a wonderful time with Violet! I'm so glad she got to share in this holiday tradition with me!

Have you ever seen The Nutcracker? What was your favorite part?

In this entry Violet and I are both wearing:  Purple Party Outfit from American Girl.


  1. Bonsoir, Inky! C'est Sandrine!
    You girls look like you could be sisters. I want that dress so badly; you girls are very lucky to have it. Purple is my favorite color, you know. ;)
    Of course I've seen The Nutcracker...I've seen it, danced in it. I'm seeing it performed by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre this week. I want to see it, but I figure I should support Malorie since she goes to PBT's school.
    My favorite dances are the Waltz of the Flowers and the Waltz of the Snowflakes. I'm biased since I dance during those. I also like the reed flutes/mirlitons.
    The Dewdrop is definitely my favorite character in the ballet! I like the Sugar Plum Fairy, too.

    I wish I could have seen Coral! I'm sure she did great! My friend Chrissa was Clara in her studio's production of The Nutcracker. Her studio calls the character Clara, but Chrissa prefers Marie since her middle name is Marie. ;) At her studio, they give that role to freshmen in high school or eight graders, which is different from mine. She wanted a different role, but she got to dance en pointe, at least.
    Sandrine xoxo

  2. I meant "eighth graders", not "eight graders"! Sorry!

  3. Wow wow wow! Not only do you look amazing Inky and Violet, but your Mama has become an a-mazing photographer! Wow! Perfect light, death of field, focus! Lovely! Such a wonderful afternoon.

  4. I just saw the Nutcracker for the first time on Friday and I absolutely loved it! My favorite part was the Snow scene and the Land of Sweets!

  5. I love belet! I have never been in the nutcraker but i want to. Were did you get your belet shoes? A fellow doll

  6. You and Violet look so pretty in those pictures! It must have been really fun to see the show. Where I live there is a performance of the Nutcracker every year (by the RWB) but I didn't get to go. :(
    Happy New Year, Inky!

  7. Hi Inky,

    It looks like you had fun at the nutcracker with Violet. Isn't Coral lucky to be the star on her first year at your ballet school? I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Emma, i live in Sydney, Australia, and board at Lillydale Selective Arts School. I really hope we can be friends my blog is and i would love you to check it out. I hope you had a Merry Christ,as and a Happy New year



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