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Sugar Plums, Snowflakes and Knights

It’s Officially Nutcracker season for the ballerinas of RHS
Annabelle Bulger (25) practicing her jumps for her part in the Nutcracker.

Photo courtesy of Annabelle Bulger.
Annabelle Bulger (’25) practicing her jumps for her part in the Nutcracker. Photo courtesy of Annabelle Bulger.

As the first semester comes to a close and the exam season rolls in, so do the holidays. Many young ballerinas start their most strenuous time of training as they prepare for their roles in the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. Despite how effortless of a performance the audience sees, dancers pour their blood, sweat and tears in order to give their all on stage. Every detail must be perfect, and perfection takes time.

Annabelle Bulger (’25), a dancer for Next Generation Ballet, knows this process all too well. This season, she finds herself extra busy, as many dancers do, with multiple roles. In the nutcracker, you can find her on the stage as a butterfly. She will also be preforming in Next Gen’s JFK piece, in a role similar to that of a Radio City Rockette.

“To just to be in the nutcracker, we often start out age eight, you start with one [role] and depending on the company you are in you can get multiple roles as you move up,” Bulger said. “I’ve been doing it since I was seven, actually.”

Every weekday, Bulger and her fellow Next Gen. ballerinas practice for four hours in the evening, perfecting the details of their show. The work doesn’t let up on weekends, however, as she finds herself back at her studio for another four hours, running through the choreography to fix any errors.

“Our average rehersal is spent at the beginning of the process learning all of the choreography and around this time of year we are cleaning everything, blocking, making sure we all know what we’re doing and making sure it really looks the best it can be,” she said.

It is no secret that the world of a dancer is a lot of physical and mental labor. This applies to all areas of dance, but especially ballerinas. To give your time away as a busy student to contribute to the artistry of your community is a gift that Bulger gets to give every holiday season.

Bulger can be seen dancing in her role at the Straz Center in Morsanni Hall on Dec. 21-23.

“The nutcracker definently gives back in more ways than one. For many young people, it’s their first ballet that they see or preform in. It’s most kids first exposure to ballet, and inspires them to pursue it more and more,” Bulger said. “It’s a yearly tradition that brings the dance community together in hard work, laughs, tears and culminates in the performances we remember the most.”

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Ashlyn Miller
Ashlyn Miller, Sports Editor
Ashlyn Miller is a junior at Robinson and the Sports Editor of Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff and first year as an editor. Miller's favorite part of journalism is taking photos of all of the sports at Robinson and improving her photography skills. "We don't exactly have press at Robinson so it's rewarding to me to take photos of people doing what they love," Miller said. Outside of the journalism room, Miller stays involved in school with an array of hobbies. She enjoys staying involved in school by participating in swimming, photography and orchestra. She enjoys playing the violin and loves learning new pieces. "If you're able to make the violin sound good, it's a such rewarding accomplishment for such a difficult instrument," Miller said. Miller also likes spending time with her dog in her past time. Out of cats or dogs, she instantaneously chose dogs. "I prefer dogs. I actually own a German Shepherd named Leia and she's the light of my life, but I have nothing against cats," Miller said. Prepared for the future, she plans to attend journalism school, preferably at Duke University and join their ROTC program.  Miller is passionate about media and sports although how competitive positions are. "I want to specialize in the media realm and possibly be a sports commentator for ESPN," Miller said. "I love watching, covering and even playing sports because of the environment that surrounds them and the gratification that comes with doing well." (Profile by Briana Garcia)
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