Brian and Mary’s daughter Ella, 13, recently danced for her second year in the 17th 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 “Flowers” on pointe in the Act 2 ‘Waltz of the Flowers’. During this number, dancing flowers enter to the tune of the harp to perform a beautiful waltz.
Ella has been dancing since age 3! The Nutcracker ran from Dec. 7-9, 2018 at the historical Hoyt Sherman Place Theater in Des Moines. What an experience…way to go, Ella!