It was our first week of preparing for “Cinderella.” Music by Prokofiev and choreography by Peter Anastos, it is a story we all know and love. The dancers are working very hard and learning lots of new material. It’s nice to be back in the studio and put our bodies back together after the holiday layoff. Behind the scenes, we find new uses for some of the many props used in this ballet… the ribbons that are used to depict the wheels of Cinderella’s carriage are also great for rhythmic gymnastic routines on the break! All in all, we managed to set most of Act I and II which is a great accomplishment in just a week!
For me, “Cinderella” is like revisiting an old friend and it’s comforting to have something familliar in a place that is new to me. I danced this version of the ballet at Nevada Ballet twice, in 2003 and 2008. Of course there are always changes and updates in the production to best suit the company, though I try to share whatever knowledge I can from my own past experience. One addition that is very special to me is including children from the Ensemble in Act I and I look forward to sharing the stage with my lovely students who will play “mice”. Their enthusiam is contagious!
Next week we will begin Act III, but for now a well deserved weekend!
….to be continued
–Racheal Nole