The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

It was a special treat to view Endanza’s, the National School of Dance, rendition of an all time favorite holiday ballet, The Nutcracker.

Set in the cobblestone plaza of Altos de Chavón, this venue brought an added element of authenticity I hadn’t yet experienced from this ballet. Now I really felt as though I were in the elaborate home of the Stahlbaums and subsequently transported to a foreign land when Clara is whisked away in her dreams. After all, most vacationers and residents alike do whisk themselves away to the 16th Mediterranean-style village of Chavón when in need of a retreat.

From the start, I adored the toy soldiers who were so synchronized in movement and agility. I couldn’t help but smile when they battled the much more sprightly mice, who had no constraints of robotic movements and nearly cackled as they hopped around in delight. Plus, the mice costumes were super cool with their terrycloth fur and tails the dancers practically used as props throughout their frolicking.

By far the most mesmerizing dance routines took place between Clara and her Prince who gracefully told a love story through delicate, fluid, and limber movements. It was clear duet worked well together as a unit.

The array of costumes definitely enchanted the audience, seeing visions of sugar plum fairies in cascading layers of chiffon, glitter-bedecked ballet dancers in the Arabian Dance, whose acrobats were next to none by the way, and an enormous black and purple magician’s cape that Drosselmeyer proudly donned, just to name a few.

Tirelessly, the dancers continued in duet and group performances, with exciting fight scenes, lively celebrations of dances, especially from the Chinese who were doing multiple air splits and toe touches. Can we say 2016 work-out goals? We felt very privileged to view Endanza’s hard work in putting together a piece of this magnitude.

The following photos were taken by Mariana Heredia at the Nutcracker ballet by the National School of Dance on Friday, December 19th:

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