Kaitlyn Gilliland reminisces about NUTCRACKER(s)

A fantastic post from our own Kaitlyn Gilliland detailing her experiences dancing The Nutcracker and how they relate to our recent collaboration.

My debut as the Sugarplum Fairy with The New York City Ballet fell on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Many of the corps ladies, myself included, had already paraded through the Land of Sweets several dozen times that December, once to the maddeningly off-tempo scream of the theater’s fire alarm for the entirety of the Waltz of the Flowers. (I kept close track of Nutcracker near-disasters that year, willing my first go at the great pas de deux not to be among the most memorable.) Much to my relief, my first performance was uneventful.