Studio A Dance Conservatory presented the “The Tale of the Nutcracker” Sunday afternoon at the Heckart Performing Arts Center at Smith-Cotton High School. Chloe Buckley, 12, center, performed as Clara Staulbahm, who received a nutcracker from her Godfather Drosselmeyer. Clara falls asleep and dreams of magical places including this dance with “Dolls.”
Members of Studio A Dance Conservatory perform a dance number Sunday afternoon in “The Tale of the Nutcracker.” Students have been practising the ballet based on “The Nutcracker Ballet,” with the musical score by Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky, since August. Members of the Sedalia 12u AAA Bomber Baseball team performed in the ballet as well.
Christina Stratton, 16, in center, dances as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Sunday’s ballet performance of the “The Tale of the Nutcracker” presented by Studio A Dance Conservatory.
Portraying “Mother Ginger,” Mackenzie Newell, 15, of Sedalia, performs as a large gingerbread house filled with tiny “ginger babies” who come out to dance in Clara’s dream, in “The Tale of the Nutcracker” presented Sunday afternoon.
Chloe Buckley, 12, as the character Clara, sits to the side and dreams about a Russian Matryoshka doll, who is dancing the Russian Trepak. Lillee Engen, 13, of Warrensburg, leaped through the air as she portrayed the Matryoshka doll during Sunday’s ballet, “The Tale of the Nutcracker.”
Chloe Buckley,12, dances as Clara, left, along with Joe Webster, a sophomore from Shawnee Mission, Kansas, as the Prince and Christina Stratton, 16, as the Sugar Plum Fairy during one of the last numbers in “The Tale of the Nutcracker,” ballet Sunday afternoon at the Heckart Performing Arts Center.
In Clara’s last dream, in the “Tale of the Nutcracker,” flowers dance as a Dewdrop Princess twirls among them. About 55 students from Studio A Dance Conservatory gave two performances of the ballet this weekend on the stage of the Heckart Performing Arts Center.
During “The Tale of the Nutcracker” Clara dreams of the Land of Snow with dancing snow flakes and a Snow Queen as she travels to the Land of Sweets.
Before the performance of Studio A Dance Conservatory’s “The Tale of the Nutcracker” Sunday afternoon, 42 dance and ballet students danced to the song, “All I want for Christmas is You.”
Photos by Faith Bemiss | Democrat