A Nutcracker party girl
Cornwall ballerina joins cast of The Nutcracker at NAC in December
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. email@example.com
She loves dancing, if she could do it for the rest of her life, she’d be happy.” Micheline Watson
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.