> Three girls from Julius West Middle School are sharing the role of Clara in the upcoming performances of the Nutcracker by the Rockville Civic Ballet . Each girl will dance two shows. I had to opportunity to speak with one of them, Paige Washington. She’s been dancing for six years under the instruction of Claudia Mangan. In fact, all these girls have been taking classes together since they were little kids through the City of Rockville Recreation Program.
I’ve praised our Parks and Recreation Department before, but it is truly amazing that you can have such quality instruction at an affordable price through the City. Paige said, “What I like the most about dancing is the rush of being on stage.” These kids get to live their dream and it all starts in that little Rockcrest recreation center off Broadwood Drive.
Paige’s favorite part of the production is “the party scene in the beginning because everybody has a little acting part.” She thinks that the props are awesome and marveled that “in the snow scene it actually snows!”
I’ve personally enjoyed the Rockville Civic Ballet. You can tell that from the youngest child all the way up through the adults that they truly love to dance. The Nutcracker is a tradition in Rockville and a great way to start your holiday season. It gets you in a festive mood.
So make the time to be magically carried away by Peter Llyich Tchaikovsky’s fairy-tale ballet under the direction of Claudia Mangan. We are lucky to have one of the Washington area’s best community-based ballet troupes at our very own F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.