my nutcracker princess.

Last night, Jessie had her annual strings Christmas concert. And she was amazing on the cello, as usual. But this post isn’t about that. This post is about her ballet debut. Her strings teacher knows she is a competitive dancer, and asked if she wanted to do some ballet while her class performed a selection from the Nutcracker.

This is a big deal for three reasons:

  • Although she has performed in numerous competitions, she has never done it in front of her peers. Or in front of this many people. On a stage. With a spotlight.
  • This was her first performance on pointe. This has been the first year that she’s been old enough for the strain the shoes put on a dancer’s feet and legs, and she’s had her shoes for only a few months.
  • She choreographed the whole thing herself.

Nutcracker Ballet Princess (5)

I took a few photos during the practice so that I could freely watch the whole live performance without being inhibited by a viewfinder.

Nutcracker Ballet Princess (4)

Disclaimer: I am no dance photographer. It’s hard to catch dancers in their best form! But she’s just so darn beautiful.

Nutcracker Ballet Princess (3)


Nutcracker Ballet Princess (2)

I love this one with her classmates watching from behind. What little girl doesn’t want to be a ballerina??

Nutcracker Ballet Princess (1)

This was the first time I’d seen my daughter dance on pointe. For real. I’ve seen her around the house, and I took these photos during the practice, but it was broken up with do-overs, giggles, and interruptions. When she came out on that stage (to gasps from the audience, by the way. This was a strings performance, so her dance was a surprise), I was in awe. I am still in awe. I am inspired and moved by her passion, talent, and the way she makes it look so effortless. And by her beauty. Her beauty as a dancer, as a daughter, and as a young woman.

I may or may not have cried.

Here’s to ballerinas. And passion. And pure beauty. Cheers!


  • Mom
    Posted at 10:04h, 01 December

    Oh how I hate that I missed this!

  • John Tiftickjian
    Posted at 10:19h, 01 December

    This is amazing. I’m so impressed with this girl! Go Jessie.

  • Andria Lewis | Andria Lewis Events LLC
    Posted at 15:57h, 04 December

    Beautiful! Congratulations, Jessie!!