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From an Angel to the Sugar Plum.

As far back as I can remember, the months of September, October and November have been busy rehearsing for the Academy of International Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. Whether I was an Angel, a Polishinel or part of the party scene it was always fun and exciting to be part of the Nutcracker shows. In fourth grade, I was cast as Clara and I remember sitting on stage and watching the more experienced dancers and professionals dance the roles of Arabian, Snow, Russian, Marleton, Dew Drop and Sugar Plum. I was thrilled and excited to be Clara, but I remember thinking about which roles I would like to dance someday. Six years later, I have had opportunities to dance Arabian, Dew Drop, Russian and now this year, I am thrilled and honored to be dancing the role of Sugar Plum with Aleksey Babayev who is an alumni of Academy of Int'l Ballet and now dancing as a Soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Every step of the way, Denis and Anastasia have been there teaching each new role and

pushing me to be a better dancer. It has been hard work and has required dedication but the reward has been the opportunity to dance roles that only six years ago I wished I could dance someday. Thank you AIB!!!!!

Jillian has won many Awards and Places in prestigious International Ballet Competitions like YAGP, WBAC, AIBC and others.

You can see Jillian dancing the Sugar Plum on Saturday, November 24th at 12pm. Upper Merion High School.

Tickets available here

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