One of the many great traditions of this time of year is the annual performance of The Nutcracker.
Charlotte is blessed with an incredible dance company and the North Carolina Dance Theatre's performances never disappoint.
This year was a bit unique as I had a chance to photograph portions of dress rehearsals over two days with different dancers assuming some of the lead roles. One thing this called to light was NCDT's abundance of talent as different dancers seamlessly stepped into new parts.
There are numerous performances from Dec. 10-12 & Dec. 17-19 with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.
It's a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
Alessandra Ball waits in the wings moments before going onstage
Mice await their cue
Soldiers prepare for battle
Ready for action
Clara dances with friends
Justin VanWeest's Drosselmeyer is the life of the party
Drosselmeyer has everyone's attention
Alessandra Ball practices her Sugar Plum Fairy role
Anna Gerberich soars in her stint as the Sugar Plum Fairy
Associate artistic director Patricia McBride coaches the snowflakes as the crew cleans the stage
Sarah Hayes Watson jokes around during a break
Jamie Dee entertains
Mother Ginger and friends
Dustin Laayton and Sarah James
Sarah James gets a lift
In the pink
Jamie Dee and Sasha Janes
Sasha Janes and Anna Gerberich
Janes and Gerberich
Getting a lift
The angels assemble
Clara waves goodbye