Cincinnati Ballet's "The Nutcracker" returns to Aronoff Center

    The Cincinnati Ballet's Christmas classic "The Nutcracker" has returned to the Aronoff Center. (Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Ballet)

    CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A Christmas classic and, for many, a family tradition has returned to the Aronoff Center.

    The Cincinnati Ballet is back in town after a grand opportunity to perform in our nation's capital, having been selected to perform "The Nutcracker" at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

    “I feel like it was such a gift to be able to be in our nation’s capital. And to be able to be there representing Cincinnati was like--we were all on a high; we were totally psyched about it," said the Cincinnati Ballet's artistic director and CEO, Victoria Morgan, who has been with the company for 20 years.

    Morgan says the Kennedy Center can pick any company to perform, and it was an honor for the Cincinnati Ballet to be selected.

    “For us to be chosen to do that--it’s a coup; you can feel the energy. Like, we all acknowledged that it was something hugely special," she said.

    One performer, Sofia Saari, said the opportunity was a highlight in her career as a dancer.

    “I think, for us especially, it is a highlight in our career--for all of us. So for me to have that opportunity to go was absolutely a dream come true. In fact, I cried on stage; it was so awesome," she said.

    Saari said one of her favorite scenes in the show, the snow scene, was highlighted in a review by the Washington Post. Saari says she loves that scene because it showcases how exciting it is to be a dancer with its athleticism, artistic quality and just the beauty of being a dancer.

    And even though "The Nutcracker" is performed every year, the show always features some new twist or change from the original, and the dancers find it exciting to perform every year.

    “It’s got a very interesting combination of things, you know. It’s funny and there’s narratives, so there’s acting and theater, but there’s always some really tough technique, so it’s a challenge," said Morgan.

    "The Nutcracker" will have two shows Sunday, and it will be performed Wednesday through Sunday of this week. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

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