Oh, Nutcracker... It's the ballet experience that unites us all, from young student to seasoned pro. Whether you made your entrance in a mouse costume or under Mother Ginger's skirt, do you remember the choreography and costume of your very first role?
Today, six professionals share their favorite childhood Nutcracker photos and memories.
Joseph Walsh, San Francisco Ballet Principal
This is a photo of my first Nutcracker at age 3. I started dancing at the Budzinski School of Ballet in Doylestown, Pennsylvania where my sister had been performing as Clara since before I was born.
I was the smallest Elf of the bunch, running circles around Drosselmeyer and being picked up by him and whisked off stage.
I remember being fascinated seeing how everything backstage works, and being in on the secrets behind the magic like where the snow comes from, how the stage fog is made and how the dolls pop out of the box (which the Elves help push on).
Most of all, I remember playing in the snow during intermission while my parents, who volunteered backstage, scooped it all up for the next show