Visions of sugar plums will dance through the heads of dozens of local dancers over the next few weeks as they tiptoe through their performances of “The Nutcracker.”
Sigele Winbush, director of public relations for the Atlanta Ballet, said there were 60 dancers from the Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Vinings areas in the ballet’s four casts for the show at the Fox Theatre in Midtown.
Savannah O’Connor, 18, of Chamblee-Dunwoody, is dancing four parts in two casts in her fourth year of dancing in “The Nutcracker” for the Atlanta Ballet. She will dance the parts of Snowflake, Maria’s Grandma, A Maid in the Party Scene and the Chinese Lion.
The teenager finished high school a year early so she could dance with the Atlanta Ballet conservatory. She takes college classes at 7 a.m. and dances the rest of the day. Last year, O’Connor danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York as part of their summer intensive program.
“I would like to become a professional dancer,” she said. “My main goal is to be on Broadway one day.”
When she isn’t in the performing cast, O’Connor helps the children in the show backstage.
“I really have a fun time doing that,” she said. “Seeing their excitement is really fun.”
Sandy Springs resident Ellie Coop, 15, daughter of Karla and Don Coop, is dancing the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Metropolitan Ballet Theater’s production of the holiday classic Dec. 21 through 23 in Alpharetta.
Coop spends about 30 hours per week rehearsing and spent the last two summers training with the Orlando Ballet.
This is Coop’s ninth year dancing in “The Nutcracker,” and second year as the Sugar Plum Fairy. She has danced the parts of the Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy in the past.
Coop said “The Nutcracker” is a classic ballet that she thinks everyone would enjoy.
“It’s a pretty holiday thing. It gets you in the holiday spirit. It’s kind of a universal thing that everyone will enjoy watching,” she said.
If you go:
o The Atlanta Ballet’s “The Nutcracker:” Dec. 7 through Dec. 26 at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Midtown
o The Metropolitan Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker:” Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 at Blessed Trinity Catholic high School, 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell