‘Tis the season for holiday-theme date nights! Judd suggested a few weeks ago that we go to the Community Nutcracker Ballet at The Florida Theater in downtown Jacksonville. I thought it was a lovely idea! Saturday night we went out for Thai food from Indochine and watched local dancers perform one of my favorite ballets.
I have always loved the Nutcracker ballet. Everything from the music to the costumes and even the storyline. I would borrow my parent’s Tchaikovsky Nutcracker CD and dance around my bedroom like I was in the real ballet performing in front of thousands. My dreams of dancing in the ballet came true when I was about 8 years old. I was cast in my dance studio’s production of The Nutcracker as one of Mother Ginger’s children. (We ran out of her dress and did a dance for Clara and the Nutcracker.) I was beside myself! Our costumes were hand-made by our choreographer. We had a couple of performances and each time I would have to get sown into my pink dress I wore for the show. As one of the kids, I rode in on a platform device that Mother Ginger sat on top of. Crew would wheel us out at the beginning of our song and as soon as we reached center stage we ran through the dress opening and danced around. I was living a dream!
On Christmas Eve that year, my grandmother surprised me with a red Nutcracker doll and the soundtrack to the ballet. Every single picture we took that year I held onto my Nutcracker doll. I still have both the Music and the Nutcracker doll she gave me today. It meant so much to me to have my husband take me to see the ballet. I know men probably hate dance let alone a ballet but he seemed to enjoy himself. He even suggested making it a yearly tradition but we will see how he feels about that statement next year!