Hayley Cunningham Nutcracker Blog

The Nutcracker was the first ballet I saw as a child. I think it is one of the best ballets for a young girl to see because it is so magical. The story is light and easy to follow, the music is beautiful and well known to all whether they have seen the ballet or not and the costumes are colourful and sparkly, every little girls dream.

I first preformed the Nutcracker as a member of the Irish National Youth Ballet company when I was 15 and it was a performance I will never forget. The production was adapted to suit the varying ages of the youth company. We were lucky enough to have two professional dancers perform the Grand Pas de Deux. Each and every one of us watched in admiration and wished that one day we could be as good.

This is my first professional contract and I am very excited to be part of this years’ production of the Nutcracker.