December 23 13

I had an obsessive personality even as a wee tot, and being a Nutcracker-performing ballerina who always loved photography, it only makes sense that I become emotionally invested in this photobook called A Very Young Dancer, which followed the story of a young ballerina in George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet and her role of Marie in The Nutcracker.


I used to steal the book from my mom’s library and lie on my stomach on my bed, in my full ballet getup—including full tutu skirt, turning page after page and daydreamed that I *was* Stephanie. My obsession was of Center Stage proportions, really.

I hadn’t thought of the book until recently, when I was offered tickets to take my girls to see The Toronto International Ballet Theatre’s 6th annual performance of The Nutcracker. The timing was less than ideal. We were leaving for two weeks in Atlanta at 7am the next morning, and of course, no one was even close to being packed yet. And we were worried about a possible impending ice storm.

But my girls had never seen The Nutcracker. Ever.

How had this once Nutcracker-performing ballerina allowed her girls to age to almost 13 and 8 before taking them to THE BIG SHOW?

There was really no excuse for this, so I obviously  jumped at the chance to rectify this obvious parenting flaw, and even took Emily’s bff in tow.

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The girls knew the story, they even knew almost all of the music. But they had no idea what they were about to experience. Isabella sat at the edge of her seat with her DISNEY FACE on. You know, the I-can’t-even-believe-this-is-real-life face. The only time she wasn’t agape was when she was giggling. The white tights-accentuated muscular, um, buttocks was a bit of a distraction for her.

But buttocks aside, it’s safe to say my children are now obsessed.

Now if only I could find them a copy of the book for less than $75

  1. You are the best mom ever. That is all =)


    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on December 23, 2013
  2. This post caught my eye on FB. As a child growing up, I coveted the solitary library copy of “A very young skater” by the same author. Took it out over and over again. Now, I have my own young skater and I have tried for years to find a copy for less than $75 too.
    We are fans of the Nutcracker too, and have been fortunate enough to have a Ballet school here in Nanaimo that puts it on every other year, including guest dancers from Vancouver or Winnipeg.
    Glad you finally took them to see it! Merry Christmas!


    Comment by Kim on December 23, 2013
  3. I bought “Becoming a Ballerina” from Amazon for my tiny dancer. Similar story about the Boston ballet and Nutcracker. xo


    Comment by Louise on December 23, 2013
  4. I too was obsessed with that book as a child! I still think of it every time I so much as hear music from The Nutcracker.


    Comment by Jess on December 31, 2013

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