Bowlby and Kramer star in Telluride Dance Academy’s “Nutcracker”

Bowlby and Kramer star in Telluride Dance Academy’s “Nutcracker”

[click “Play” to hear Susan’s conversation with Katy and Alex]

“Nutcracker” at Telluride’s Palm Theatre, December 12 & 13

Nutcracker poster red Scrooge may complain of a whopper of a toothache from all that sugar, but for the rest of us sentimental saps, “The Nutcracker” remains as much a part of Christmas as evergreens and eggnog. The ballet’s enduring appeal stems from the fact this coming-of-age story speaks to the child in us all.

Prima ballerina Valerie Madonia choreographs the Telluride Dance Academy’s extravaganza which stars Ebba Green and Emma Spaulding, alternating as Clara, the girl on the edge of woman, Ashley Boling as Drosselmeier, the embodiment of the ballet’s magic, Katy Bowlby as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Alex Kramer as her Cavalier. Dancer and teacher Shirley Fortenberry is the Snow Queen.

IMG_7865 Bowlby and Kramer are not to be missed. Anyone lucky enough to witness their pyrotechnics in the Dance Academy’s “Nutcracker” will one day be able to say “I knew them when.”

Katy Bowlby began dancing when she was very young, around age six, at Dance in the Rockies, Durango, CO. She is trained in classical ballet, tap, modern, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theater. Over the years. Bowlby has spent summers at The Jillana School and Ballet West., and looks forward to attending Joffrey New York this coming summer. This is her second year performing with Telluride Dance Academy in “The Nutcracker. ” Last year, she danced the Snow Queen, performing beautifully despite a bum ankle. Bowlby plans to join a company as soon as she graduates high school.

At 15, Kramer has already made it to the top. In Summer 2009, Alex attended the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive in New York. He is currently a student on a full scholarship at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York, with a good shot at the main company, which recruits out of its own school before auditioning outside. He began dancing eight years ago at age seven.
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