Nutcracker Giveaway Tickets Found Here!
posted by: Amber Johnson
I am not a dancer. I have never been a dancer and I will never be a dancer.
I had no particular dance aspirations for my 3-year-old daughter Hadley but recently enrolled her in a dance class taught my national-award-winning friend, Karla Call. I did this for no other purpose than to give her a sense of rhythm. I watched her practice for the first time last week.
My plan failed.
Despite the fact that she and I will never be prima ballerinas, I do have an appreciation for one particular event each year: The Nutcracker. I am not sure what has always struck me about this performance. I had never attended and only viewed it through picture books and television clips. But there is something about The Nutcracker that transcends the line between dancers and non-dancers into a world of magic, wonderment and beauty.[photopress:IMG_8134_1.jpg,thumb,pp_image]Even though I was under the weather, I took Hadley out for a special date on Friday night. We dressed in our Christmas best, went to dinner and then were whisked away into Clara’s magical world of the Mouse King, Nutcracker Prince and the Land of Sweets.
We were among many mothers and daughters, including our seatmates who informed me they had been coming for 20 years. They professed this was their special time to reconnect.
Haddie was a bit too young for it all but for the most part sat mesmerized as I snorted, coughed and blew my nose the entire way through the performance. Because heaven forbid I should be allowed out in public and at a cultural event, no less.
It is nice to know my 3 year old is more couth than I.
Better luck next year. Because like so many, there will be a next year for us.
I am thrilled to offer you your own special date night with the child/person of your choice. Two lucky people will win tickets for two to The Nutcracker. The contest deadline is Thursday at 10 a.m. To enter, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Nutcracker” in the subject line.
Sound off here: What are your memories of The Nutcracker? What were some of your holiday traditions as a child?
[photopress:Artists_of_Colorado_Ballet_Photo_by_Terry_Shapiro_3.JPG,full,pp_image] Photo Credit: Terry Shapiro