For many, “The Nutcracker” is a staple once the holiday season rolls around.
Elizabethton-based dance school East Tennessee Ballet Academy is partnering with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and the Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy for a live performance of the ballet, which first premiered in Russia in 1892.
Artistic Director Cindy Bernshausen said audiences should be on their toes for some changes to the 200-year-old story of a nutcracker came to life, and the main character, 10-year-old Annelise Lugo, is at the center of it all.
| Fast Facts
|Name, age, school:
||Annelise Lugo, 10, homeschooled
|How long you’ve been dancing:
|Favorite character in “The Nutcracker”:
||Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, Drasselmeyer
|What types of dance are you trained in?
|Favorite kind of pie:
Q. How did you get into dancing?
A: I’ve always wanted to be a ballet dancer. When I was 3, I would dance around my house to “The Nutcracker” in a pink, frilly dress. I dreamed about being Clara, and now here I am!
Q. What is the most challenging part of dancing Clara?
A: The most challenging part about playing Clara is trusting the rats not to drop me when they carry me around! Also making the role seem like I am Clara, and not that I am somebody pretending to be Clara.
Q. What’s your favorite part about the role?
A:I like making everything seem natural and real.
Q. What’s your dream role and why?
A: One of my dream ballet roles is the part of Kitra in Don Quixote, because she is so lively and adventurous.
Q. What do you like about dancing?
A: One of my favorite parts in ballet is letting the music flow through me.