What is your dream Nutcracker role?
Marcello: My dream role would be the Nutcracker Prince. All the jumping and turns look like a lot of fun.
Jessica: My dream Nutcracker role would be to dance older Clara, which in this production is the Grand Pas De Deux. It’s technical and has very difficult steps that I would love to be able to do.
Isabella: I love the costumes and partnering of the Act II Arabian dancer. The steps require a lot of experience and good technique, but the SF Ballet dancers make it all look so easy.
What is the best part about training at the SF Ballet School?
Isabella: Just saying that I train at the SF Ballet School is a huge honor. We work so hard in class everyday. To get to see the Company and Trainees work shows us what we are working for in our future.
Jessica: Training at the SF Ballet School is special because it’s really great to be connected to the Company. It gives us perspective as students.
Max: It’s like a family. Everyone is kind and engaging. It can be strict sometimes, but it’s because they want the best for you. Everyone should give it a try!
Why do you dance?
Max: Dance has been in my body since I was born. My body is active, and I always want to move and dance. I seriously can’t sit still unless I’m watching dance! Stepping onto the stage at the Opera House is a dream come true. I definitely want to dance for SF Ballet someday.
Isabella: I choose to dance because ballet has always been more than just an activity for me. I knew from the beginning of my training that I wanted to dedicate my life to ballet. Training in ballet requires thought, dedication, and determination that helps with school and in my daily life. If I’m having a bad day, ballet brightens my mood. Every moment I’ve dedicated to dance has been worth it.
Jessica: Ballet is a language to express yourself. It allows me to express my own emotions and self through movement. It’s what I really love to do. All this hard work pays off in the end.