At left, Grace, left, and Erin warm up. One of the highlights is the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Previously, dancers performed with live accompaniment by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, but in 2015, organizers couldn't afford the cost of the symphony, which had before assumed financial and production responsibilities.
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Performers with major roles have taken on the challenge of juggling acting and balletic responsibilities. Saturday and Sun., Dec. 16 and 17 in the Kavli Theatre at Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Grace Elfers of Westlake will dance the part of Clara Sun., Dec. 17.
"In The Nutcracker I get to enjoy my love for ballet and Christmas in the same performance".
Erin and Grace are both part of CDT's invitation-only preprofessional training program.
The program is by invitation or audition only. "There are up to eight hours of rehearsals every Sunday from September until performance week".
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Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company, audiences, and repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works.
Rehearsals for the current show were held four days a week.
Erin has been dancing since she was 8. She has competed in the Youth American Grand Prix and the Spotlight. "I also train during the summer".
Outside of dance she is the treasurer in her school's Associated Student Government class.
Previous productions with Pacific Festival Ballet include "Peter Pan", "Noah's Ark" and "Swan Lake".
Grace has been dancing since the age of 3 and has trained at multiple schools. They all attend the Andover School of Ballet. Her goal is to become a trainee at a professional classical ballet company after graduation. Marie and her younger brother Franz arrive at home, where their immigrant mother-a sculptress of modest means-designs the seminal masterpiece that will preside over the Fair.
Grace also danced in PFB's "The Nutcracker", "Peter Pan" and "Noah's Ark".