Brian and Mary’s daughter Ella recently danced in the 16th annual Ballet Des Moines production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, one of the most famous ballets in the world. More than 300 student dancers from Iowa danced alongside the Ballet Des Moines professionals in the production. Ella and the dancers auditioned in August and practiced weekly at studios in Des Moines. Ella was one of four “Rats” in the Act 1 Battle Scene against the soldiers. In this famous scene, the Nutcracker and his soldiers fight to protect Clara from the Rat King and his army of rats.
Ella has been dancing since age 3! The Nutcracker ran from Dec. 8-10, 2017 at the historical Hoyt Sherman Place Theater in Des Moines. What an experience…way to go, Ella!