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Meet some of the cast of BalletCNJ's Winter Performance! (Part III)

(PART III)

Our students are hard at work preparing for BalletCNJ 's Annual Winter Performance!

Dancers ranging from Young Dancer Division to Daytime Professional Training Program will be showcased in two performances on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at Villa Victoria Academy Theater in Ewing, NJ. They will be performing in two festive works: Ashton's "Les Patineurs" (The Skaters) and "The Nutcracker".

BalletCNJ would like to give the opportunity for fans to get to know some of their favorite BalletCNJ performers. Please join us in support of these amazing young artists as they pour their heart and talent onto the Winter Performance stage! www.balletcnj.org/performances



Lets Meet BalletCNJ's Stars..




Nadia Espinoza (Age 14)


(Ballet V and Professional Division Student)

The Pennington School


How long have you been dancing?

"11 years"


What role(s) will you be dancing in BalletCNJ's Winter Performance?

"Purple Girl in Les Patineurs and Snow Queen, a Snowflake, and Dewdrop in The Nutcracker"


What excites you most about performing?

"The stage, the lights, and the gorgeous costumes!"


Favorite Holiday Season tradition?

"Going ice skating in Bryant Park with friends"


Any pre-performance superstitions/rituals?

"Listening to music and wearing pineapple accessories for fun"


Favorite professional ballet dancer?

"Isabella Boylston, principal with ABT"


Favorite ballet?

"Balanchine's Jewels"


Any words of advice for other aspiring young dancers?

"Work hard and stretch from a young age!"





Timothy O'Brian (Age 14)


(Ballet IV and Daytime Professional Training Program)

Home-schooled (Laurel Springs School)


How long have you been dancing?

"4 years"


What role(s) will you be dancing in BalletCNJ's Winter Performance?

"Red Corps in Les Patineurs and Arabian Lead in The Nutcracker"


Favorite Holiday Season tradition?

"Baking with my mom, I like to cook!"


Favorite Ballet?

"Giselle"


What do you want to be when you get older?

"A professional ballet dancer"


Favorite professional ballet dancer?

"Shale Wagman"


Any pre-performance superstitions/rituals?

"Wearing pineapples bring good luck!"


Any words of advice for other young aspiring dancers?

"Have patience, it takes time to become a better dancer"





Reed Henry (Age 15)


(Ballet V and Daytime Professional Training Program)

Home-schooled (Laurel Springs School)


How long have you been dancing?

"7 years"


What role(s) will you be dancing in BalletCNJ's Winter Performance?

"Green Boy and Red Corps in Les Patineurs and Sugarplum's Cavalier in The Nutcracker"


Favorite Holiday Season tradition?

"I like doing Secret Santa with my family"


Do you get nervous before a performance?

"I used to get very nervous, but now i'm a little more chill before I go onstage"


Favorite professional ballet dancer?

"David Hallberg"


Favorite ballet company?

"San Francisco Ballet"


Favorite Food?

"Grilled Cheese"


Any words of advice for other young aspiring dancers?

"Start stretching!"