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My Favorite Nutcracker Dancer

Watching my daughter Christina dance is one of the great experiences I have as a dad. She is a ballerina who loves to perform and it’s obvious when you see her on stage.

This weekend her dance company performed the classic Christmas ballet the Nutcracker. She and all the other dancers were great. It was truly an incredible show especially in light of the fact that all but a few of the dancers are students still learning their art. The staff at Dance Arts Academy manages the show with a high level of professionalism giving these young dancers a taste of what it’s like to be a part of a professional ballet.

And of course, as beautiful as all the dancers were, I have to admit when Christina was on the stage dancing I really didn’t notice them. My eyes became glued to Christina. She is just beautiful and can dance and spin and fill the stage in a way that makes her dad proud.

Christina as the “lead Spanish” (photo by Betsy Carr)


  • Beth Anne

    She is beautiful and I’m the same way….my eyes are glued on her when she dances and I just smile the whole time. I’m so proud of her!! =)

  • Madelain Mitchell-Ward

    What a beautiful post. I am sure she was spectacular and I wish I could have been there! You have a wonderful daughter! Love, madelaine

  • Marilyn Jeffrey

    I too have ALWAYS enjoyed watching Christina dance. She has such a passion for the Lord and the gift she has been blest with and is using to bring glory to Him. She is very honored to have parents like you and Denise and I am glad that you were part of my life for such a short time. God Bless, Marilyn

  • Grandma & Grandps

    As proud grandparents, we agree with every word you said. She just glows when she is on stage. God has blessed her with a beautiful gift.

  • Jodi Blanchard

    She truly was captivating Michael. Mackenzie and I were the same way…our eyes just kept going to Christina. She techinically was spot on, but even more beautiful was the joy on her face and the confidence and control she had. She is at home on the stage. I literally had goosebumps. She is one disciplined, dedicated young lady who makes her extremely challenging art form look easy. Cannot wait to see her dance again.

    • mdperry1

      Thanks for being there with Mackenzie, it was great for both Christina and Denise. Next year we can all travel together to see her dance where ever it is God takes her.

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