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It Wouldn't Feel Like Christmas Without The Nutcracker!

Updated on December 17, 2014

Lai Rupe's Choreography.


We Love The Nutcracker!

There is nothing more fun for the holidays as a dancer than watching or dancing the Nutcracker! This is why we wanted to share some of this beauty and fun with you!

In this article, we will check out some highlights of the Nutcracker & even show you how to order cheap, beautiful Nutcracker, Holiday, or Competition Choreography for 2015.

Studio 1 Dance Performance of the Nutcracker!


Jean Taylor's Studio 1

This year, Lai Rupe's Choreography was able to be a part of Studio 1's production of the Nutcracker! It was a beautiful, yet shortened rendition that kept all of the fun aspects and let the audience enjoy for an hour. The cute, young dancers performed as Party Girls, Bafoons, Flowers, Snow Queens, Soldiers, and more. The choreography was perfect and displayed all of the dancers' best talents, while still telling the fun story of the Nutcracker.

Watching young dancers participate in the Nutcracker, always takes me back to my days of dancing with Utah's Professional Company, Ballet West. Those days of dancing as a Bafoon, Soldier, Doll, and Clara were some that will I will always hold dear. I imagine these young dancers will always cherish these memories of the Nutcracker as well.

Little Clara


All About the Nutcracker

Story Summary

On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Clara falls asleep after a party at her home and seems to dream herself into a fantastic world where toys become larger than life. Her beloved Nutcracker comes to life and defends her from the Mouse King, with the magical toy soldiers. After a beautiful trip with dancing bears, dolls, and ventures across the world, the Nutcracker is then turned into a Handsome Prince after Clara saves his life.

This sweet, magical story is one that always lights up the Holiday Season.

Cute Soldiers!


Dancing Toy Soldiers

My favorite character to play in the Nutcracker was always the Toy Soldiers. As a young dancer, I had the honor of dancing as the Lead Rifleman Toy Soldier with Ballet West's Production of the Nutcracker.

I remember being just 12 years old and dancing with the professional ballerinas I had always looked up to and admired so much. I got to dance with Idols Jason Lindsey and Heather Thackeray, and my ballerina dreams all came true. As I marched on stage helping the Nutcracker Prince fight the King of the Mice, I knew dancing was what I always wanted to do in life.

Dancing Bafoons

And how could we forget the fun dancing Bafoons. I currently teach Jazz Technique at Studio 1 wherein my beautiful little girls from ages 6-9 had the opportunity to dance as Bafoons in our Nutcracker Production. This is always such a comical and fun routine to choreograph and watch and the girls absolutely LOVE it.

These girls worked so hard to be the best little Baffons they could be and the Nutcracker was perfect with that hint of comedy, thanks to them!


Precious Party Girls

The older girls ages 10-12, had the opportunity to dance as the precious party girls in the Nutcracker this year, and they did a beautiful job. The first scenes with the Part Girls, set up the rest of the show, as they display the joys of getting and giving gifts, and envy the handsome Nutcracker that Clara receives.

You can't have a nutcracker without the Party Girls, like Clara, and her Nutcracker Prince.

Which Nutcracker Character is your Favorite to Dance or Watch?

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Have any dance questions, concerns, or topics to discuss? Don't hesitate to reach out to Lai Rupe's Choreography. I am here to spread the beauty of dance.

To Improve your dance-self more and more each day, please follow me and check out some of my other great articles like, "HOW TO LEARN CHOREOGRAPHY MORE QUICKLY."

Thanks for your LOVE and Support!

~Alaina (Lai) Rupe



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