My Last Nutcracker

It’s the time of the year when we celebrate the holidays and San Diego Ballet is getting ready for The Nutcracker. We started rehearsing this production a little over month ago. It takes quite a long time to set everything especially since it’s a big production that uses students from the San Diego School of Ballet. This year I got a chance to rehearse the company dancers and students, an opportunity I enjoyed very much.

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Getting Ready for the Season

Hello and welcome to San Diego Ballet’s 2016-2017 Season! My name is Noriko Zaragoza and I am a long time company dancer with San Diego Ballet as well as a ballet teacher with the San Diego School of Ballet. I will be writing a series of blog posts this season and am very excited about reaching out to all of you.

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5 Top Tips to “Werk” While You Work

1. Find an employer who will work with you and flexibility in your schedule! It is essential to have someone on your side who understands the artistic condition and will not only keep up with your constantly changing hours by allowing you to split shifts or leave early to get to rehearsal, but will encourage you to keep your dream alive. That’s the boss you want.

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4 Big Benefits from Taking a Break

And the value of the vole!

I was casually translating a petite allegro combination last week when I froze, utterly failing to remember the meaning of volé! (voh-LAY, as in brisé vole.) I’m a BIG nerd when it comes to ballet because I trained in the Cecchetti Method, an incredibly academic style of ballet known for its insane attention to detail. It was like an eight-year-long class of ballet as history, physics, and foreign language so, while far from fluent in French, our vocabulary rocks because we learned the literal translation for every single step. So you can see why drawing a blank on volé might bother a supernerd so much! I froze again a couple days later, this time possessed by the ballet gods/demons to belatedly define, loudly, and to no one in particular in a very quiet office, “VOLÉ: FLYING. FROM VOLER: TO FLY.” I knew that! But I forgot.

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