Nutcracker 2016 ~ Harford Dance Theatre

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We had a very exciting Christmas season this year as Boo was in her very first Nutcracker ballet with Harford Dance Theatre.  She was a party girl in the opening scene, as well as the mouse that steals the Nutcracker in the battle scene.  She was originally cast as a Ginger child but was unable to accept that role due to a conflict with her company dance schedule.  She had a ball and is looking forward to many more Nutcrackers to come!  I was honored to be able to capture the entire show in photographs.  Boo was able to dance with several of her friends which made the experience even better.  Here she is with her friend Kerrigan. 

 Her BFF Anna was a Spanish dancer, marzipan and a flower.  Her friend Chloe was the ballerina doll and a Spanish dancer. 

 Chloe as the ballerina doll.

 Boo had a QUICK QUICK change between the party scene and the battle scene and was able to get into her mouse costume in under ONE minute – it was nerve wracking for sure! 
Watching her steal the Nutcracker was one of my favorite parts – it was so hard to tell the mice apart on stage!  

 I did not take the photo above on the right, one of the fellow cast members backstage got it – but I just love this one of my Boo’s face as a mouse!  How do you like that quick change mouse face painted on in less than ten seconds? HA! 

Anna and Chloe as spanish dancers. 

 Anna in Marzipan.

 Kerrigan as a ginger child. 

Anna as a flower – this was Anna’s first Nutcracker en pointe so it was very special!

 It was a wonderful first experience in The Nutcracker! 


  1. Kellie says:

    I tried leaving a comment already and got an error message, so I apologize if this goes through twice!

    Congratulations on your daughter's performance — she's darling!

    Your photos are beautiful and I was hoping you could give me some advice. I also have a ballerina daughter and I love taking photos of her performances, but the quality of my photos is just okay, not great. I have a Canon Rebel T5 and the lens I use most often for ballet is a Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6. I originally got the lens for taking photos of my older two kids' track and cross country meets and it has been great for that. But in low light situations like ballet my photos are pretty fuzzy. I'm not sure if I need to upgrade my camera or just use a different lens. My guess is camera, and I *think* I'm willing to make that investment. ; ) I also haven't been using a tripod and didn't know if that would make a significant difference. If you are able to give any advice or tips, I'd really appreciate it. : )

  2. Mrs. U says:

    Your photography is beautiful!!!!!! Very hard to capture such crisp action shots!! What a talent!!

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