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Nutcracker on the Strip

Exhausted the morning after finishing six successful shows of Ballet Idaho’s The Nutcracker and attending the cast party, I was already on a flight to Las Vegas, Nevada for another week of performances. Upon arrival in this brand new city, I was excited to start my adventure. The city was filled with lighted up skyscrapers and billboards with a mountainous desert backdrop. However, it was straight to the studio to rehearse with an unknown partner and company of dancers. After being welcomed by the staff and company, I rehearsed the Arabian variation with Barry over the next few days. What you would normally have a few weeks to prepare, we had less than five days. Within three days of working together, the difficulties turned into a solid routine and we we’re very comfortable dancing with each other. Since I was only guesting for one variation in Act II, I had plenty of downtime to enjoy The Strip. Staying at the Paris hotel was a treat. The view from my room allowed me to enjoy the illumination of the city and water-show in front of the Bellagio anytime. The tourist priced food was satisfactory. French cafés and restaurants lined down the cobblestone passage. The $9 chocolate croissant and coffee was well worth the outrageous cost. The location was conveniently near the Miracle Mile, a long corridor filled with young, stylish stores where I could finish my holiday shopping. High-end shops were found at ever corner in the nearby hotels. I had the opportunity to visit the surrounding casinos sightseeing, although I was unable to gamble because of my age. Getting lost for over an hour in Caesar’s Palace was an exploration. The theatre we performed in was also attached to the Paris. The performance routine was standard including a warm-up on stage, rehearsal, corrections, and then the show. The costumes and sets were all very familiar because they were borrowed from Ballet Idaho. It was another amazing experience to perform in a crowded, but beautiful venue. Before I knew it, my five performances were over. Thankful for the experience, I said goodbye to the new friends I made. My last night in Las Vegas, I had an entertaining night out on The Strip with some of the dancers. One week after I arrived, I was on a flight to New Jersey to enjoy the holidays with my family. Looking back on the experience, I am extremely thankful for the opportunity I was given and I am already planning my next trip back to Las Vegas. Read the review! 'Nutcracker' a near-perfect treat - News -* --Jessica Sulikowski