DALA’s ‘Nutcracker’ brightens the season

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By The Staff

Los Alamos Dance Arts’ 2008 production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” demonstrates why the ballet is a beloved part of every holiday season. DALA’s version is the most ambitious and well-done amateur production of the traditional Nutcracker that you are likely to see this year.

At the curtain’s opening, the entire stage is filled with gorgeous sets, colors and lights and with costumes (many of them new) so perfect that they must inspire the dancers inside them. What little girl wouldn’t love to wear those shiny satin dresses with the ruffled bloomers?

On Friday night, the adult party hosts and guests danced gracefully, and the well-rehearsed children all knew their places and moved to the music without once looking offstage for cues. Jeff Favorite gets better each year as Drosselmeyer.

It’s not easy for children to learn all their steps and places and still keep smiling, but everyone in the cast showed their smiles throughout the program, and it added greatly to the audience’s enjoyment. Artistic Director Valerie Silks deserves kudos for the high quality of this and the other details of the production.

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