Amid colorful balloons, whirling rides and pink cotton candy, Los Gatos Ballet dancers performed Nutcracker variations at the St. Mary’s Fair this past Saturday. This is an annual tradition that Los Gatos Ballet has participated in for well over a decade. “The entire community looks forward to the Country Fair. Many of the fair's volunteers are not only from St. Mary’s parish but also from local schools. It is our parish and school's largest fundraiser in which thousands of folks visit each year and over 700 people volunteer. Many local businesses sponsor the fair or donate goods. The fair is in its 36th year, and it is a place where families and friends reconnect every year.”, said Kristine Maus, Chair for the St. Mary's Country Fair and President of the School’s Advisory Board.
Los Gatos Ballet delighted the audience with its Nutcracker’s Chinese variation, Ballerina Doll, and Clara’s party dance. Brennah Lyons and Christine Porter danced the fun and joyful Chinese. Both girls are upper-division Level 7 dancers. The Ballerina Doll was danced by Los Gatos Ballet Company member, Kirina Patel. This is a dance of clean precision which portrays the prized doll at the Staulbaum Holiday party. Company member, Sadie Weaver, danced the Clara variation in her beautiful party dress. All dances are typically performed ‘en pointe’, but because of special flooring needs, dancers performed on flat during the Fair.
“It is wonderful to showcase this rich talent right here in our local community to the visitors at the fair. Having Los Gatos Ballet perform is a great way to promote the art of classical dance to the community and hopefully engage people to attend Los Gatos Ballet’s Nutcracker and spring performances.”, said Maus. Currently, there are approximately five students from St. Mary's School that dance at Los Gatos Ballet. When asked what Los Gatos Ballet brings to our community, Maus replied, “Los Gatos Ballet is an amazing pre-professional school and company that exists right in our own neighborhood. The talent is amazing! From best-in-class teachers to students who study with ballet companies all around the country. In addition to dance, the school educates each student in so many more ways. Each student develops in ways that will help them throughout life - confidence, discipline, respect, grace, and focus.”
Just as the dancers delighted the audience at the St. Mary’s Fair, Los Gatos Ballet is looking forward to delighting audiences once again during their upcoming production of The Nutcracker held December 9-11 at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Preparations and rehearsals are well underway and tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 14th at LosGatosBallet.org.
Photos: Dancers performing variations and with Kristine Maus. Photos by Annarose Monroe.