Fote says because shes danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy for so many years, shes always looking for new ways to improve her style and form especially because its a tutu role. When you wear longer skirts, it often camouflages, and youre not able to see as much, she says. [In a tutu], your legs are completely exposed and its that much more that has to be perfect.
Assisting her and the other dancers in achieving this perfection is Georgina Parkinson from American Ballet Theater. [Shes] showing us different ways of using our stage presence or our backs to speak, Fote says, adding that getting in front of a crowd is another boost.
Often Im surprised because with an audience there you find yourself doing something maybe a little different that surprises you, and then you know youre fresh. See Fote and friends get fresh today when the Nutcracker opens at 7:30 p.m. The show runs through December 29. Wortham Center, 500 Texas. For a complete schedule and tickets, call 713-523-6300 or visit www.houstonballet.org. Tickets start at $17.
Nov. 23-24, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 24-25, 2 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m.; Dec. 14-16, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 18-23, 7:30 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 24, 2 p.m.; Dec. 26-27, 2 p.m.; Dec. 26-29, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 29, 2 p.m. Starts: Nov. 23. Continues through Dec. 23, 2007