Dance Photography: NCDT's Nutcracker 2010


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

Alessandra Ball waits in the wings moments before going onstage

Mice await their cue

Mice await their cue

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Soldiers prepare for battle

Soldiers prepare for battle

Ready for action

Ready for action

Clara dances with friends

Clara dances with friends

Justin VanWeest's Drosselmeyer is the life of the party

Justin VanWeest's Drosselmeyer is the life of the party

Drosselmeyer has everyone's attention

Drosselmeyer has everyone's attention

Clara's dream

Clara's dream

Allessandra Ball practices her Sugar Plum Fairy role

Alessandra Ball practices her Sugar Plum Fairy role

Anna Gerberich soars in her stint as the Sugar Plum Fairy

Anna Gerberich soars in her stint as the Sugar Plum Fairy

Colorful dancers

Colorful dancers

Associate artistic director Patricia McBride coaches the snowflakes as the crew cleans the stage

Associate artistic director Patricia McBride coaches the snowflakes as the crew cleans the stage

Sarah Hayes Watson jokes around during a break

Sarah Hayes Watson jokes around during a break

Footwork

Footwork

Soaring snowflake

Soaring snowflake

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

Waiting

Waiting

Hang time

Hang time

Alessandra Ball

Alessandra Ball

Jamie Dee entertains

Jamie Dee entertains

Mother Ginger and friends

Mother Ginger and friends

Mellssa Anduiza

Melissa Anduiza

In unison

In unison

Dustin Laayton and Sarah James

Dustin Laayton and Sarah James

Sarah James gets a lift

Sarah James gets a lift

Pliable pair

Intertwined

Pliable pair

Flexibility

Kara Wilkes

Kara Wilkes

In the pink

In the pink

Jamie Dee and Sasha Janes

Jamie Dee and Sasha Janes

Sasha Janes and Anna Gerberich

Sasha Janes and Anna Gerberich

Janes and Gerberich

Janes and Gerberich

Getting a lift

Getting a lift

The angels assemble

The angels assemble

Little angel

Little angel

Clara waves goodbye

Clara waves goodbye