A Nutcracker party girl

Corn­wall bal­le­rina joins cast of The Nutcracker at NAC in De­cem­ber

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - NEWS - ALAN S. HALE

A young Corn­wall bal­le­rina, Ém­i­lie LeCava­lier, has re­ceived the first role of her danc­ing ca­reer and will per­form in the Royal Win­nipeg Bal­let’s pro­duc­tion of The Nutcracker, which will be staged next month at the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre in Ot­tawa.

The 10-year-old LeCava­lier has landed a role in Py­otr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic Christ­mas­themed bal­let as one of the party girls, who ap­pear in the Christ­mas Eve party scene in Act I. In this scene, young bal­leri­nas play at­ten­deesat the party and dance to the tune of one of the most well-known parts of the show’s mu­sic: Act I Tableau 1: March – which even the most ca­sual clas­si­cal mu­sic lis­ten­ers are likely to rec­og­nize.

The role of a party girl in The Nutcracker is a highly cov­eted role for young dancers be­gin­ning their bal­let ca­reers. Ac­cord­ing to

LeCava­lier’s mother, Miche­line Wat­son, she was just one of eight girls se­lected for the role out of roughly 120 who au­di­tioned in Ot­tawa.

“This is a huge op­por­tu­nity,” said Wat­son. “She’s re­hears­ing ev­ery Sun­day in Ot­tawa and come De­cem­ber, the re­ver­sals will get a lit­tle more de­mand­ing. She does chore­og­ra­phy with the artis­tic di­rec­tor, and then goes on stage with pro­fes­sion­als.”

LeCava­lier has been danc­ing since she was three years old and is cur­rently a stu­dent at the Pow­ell School of Dance in Corn­wall. This will be her first role in a pro­fes­sional bal­let pro­duc­tion.

Af­ter the au­di­tions in Ot­tawa, LeCava­lier and her fam­ily headed home to Corn­wall af­ter be­ing told to wait for an email from the bal­let com­pany on whether she was go­ing to be cast or not. A ner­vous few days went by, Wat­son re­mem­bers, where she tried to keep hopes from get­ting too high.

Then, fi­nally, the email came. “We were wait­ing and wait­ing, and then we got the email that said ‘con­grat­u­la­tions, you have been added to the cast.’ We scrolled through the list to see what she got and saw her name in the party girl role,” re­called Wat­son. “We would have been hon­oured with any role, but see­ing her name there kind of re­in­forced how she has worked so hard to get there.”

Wat­son says danc­ing is a huge part of her daugh­ter’s life and the hope is her role in The Nutcracker will give her the ex­pe­ri­ence and open the doors she needs to con­tinue danc­ing in pro­duc­tions in the fu­ture.

“There will be no stop­ping her, but we’ll take it one day at a time. She loves danc­ing, if she could do it for the rest of her life, she’d be happy.”

LeCava­lier will be ap­pear­ing in the Dec. 7 and Dec. 9 evening shows of The Nutcracker as well as in the mati­nee on Dec. 10. ahale@post­media.com

She loves danc­ing, if she could do it for the rest of her life, she’d be happy.” Miche­line Wat­son

HAND­OUT/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREEHOLDER

Corn­wall bal­le­rina Ém­i­lie LeCava­lier dances in a photo taken by Ce­line Martin of Pic­ture This Pho­tog­ra­phy. LeCava­lier has been cast in one of the most cov­eted roles for her age group in the up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of The Nutcracker at the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre next month.

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