Meet the Cast of My First Nutcracker!

Activity and Interviews
Meet Kalia, Nicholas, Kaylin, Samuel, Kyle and Alex - the cast of our hit holiday tradition, My First Nutcracker!
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kalia burritt

Kaila Burritt | Clara Marie

Where are you from?
I grew up in Austin, Texas! My family is actually from the North (NY and PA,) but we moved down to Austin because my Dad is a Professor at UT! In my opinion Austin is the best part of Texas. Hook ‘Em Horns!

My advice to young people who want to become a dancer is…
Everything takes time- be patient and kind with yourself! The most important thing is to do your best and have fun.

The best thing about being a dancer is…
Being able to express yourself without words, tell stories with movement, and have a place to release any emotion you have pent up from tough times in life!

 

nick alselmo

Nick Alselmo | Nutcracker, Prince, and Fritz

Where are you from?
I grew up in Rochester, New York, went to college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and have lived in NYC for the last 8.5 years

My advice to young people who want to become a dancer is…
to practice as much as you can and try to find new ways to make it fun for yourself.

The best thing about being a dancer is…
being able to use my entire body and music to tell a story or create an atmosphere

 

kaylin johnson

Kaylin Johnson | Mother & Others

Where are you from?
I am from a northwest suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota called Brooklyn Park. Beautiful summers full of lakes and sunshine with the coldest winters and snow.

My advice to young people who want to become a dancer is…
Keep dancing and let the movement that brings you joy lead you.

The best thing about being a dancer is…
Having such a great way to not only express myself but a way to share and tell stories with others in a way that goes past words.

 

samuel saint juste

Samuel St. Juste | Drosselmeyer & Others

Where are you from?
I’m from Newark NJ however grew up in Boonton NJ as well as Canarsie Brooklyn which is where my dad is from outside of being from Haiti

My advice to young people who want to become a dancer is…
Perseverance never give up don’t listen to pessimism and be full of optimism be ambitious and vivacious as ever listen to your heart and train hard in the end you’ll realize when you wake up in the morning if the 1st thing you think of is dancing then you’re gonna be a dancer period.

The best thing about being a dancer is…
You get paid to inspire the world.

 

kyle marra

Kyle Marra | Swing

Where are you from?
I am from Clifton Park, NY, a suburb about 30 minutes north of Albany. While the town itself is a very typical upstate New York town, the area around Clifton Park is exciting. Growing up, I would go to Saratoga Springs a lot where there is an amazing dance scene. We would also go visit family in the Adirondack Mountains, go to the museum in Albany, and see the National Tours of Broadway shows as they would come though Schenectady.

My advice to young people who want to become a dancer is…
Always be kind to yourself! People always say treat others the way you want to be treated, and in dance I always say do that and then also treat YOURSELF how you want to be treated.

The best thing about being a dancer is…
be a lifelong learner. Your dance journey is never done if you allow yourself to keep growing and learning from the community around you.

 

alex oliva

Alex Oliva | Swing

Where are you from?
I’m from California!

My advice to young people who want to become a dancer is…
Give it your all every chance you get!

The best thing about being a dancer is…
The feeling of flying when you are on stage and transporting the audience to another place.

 

My First Nutcracker

You’re invited to Clara-Marie’s holiday party! Join Clara-Marie and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with sparkling skies, dancing flowers, and a pesky mouse king in this interactive holiday classic reimagined for your youngest theatergoers!

Adapted for young audiences by Barbara Zinn Krieger and directed and choreographed by Melissa Riker, NYCCT’s hit dance theater production invites the audience to join in the fun and will have the whole family dancing along! This must-see holiday show returns to Theatre Row this holiday season!

Use discount code CLUBHOUSE and save 20% on tickets! 

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