One of the longstanding holiday traditions in Columbus is BalletMet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the historic Ohio Theatre, in the heart of downtown Columbus. Every year central Ohioans pack the theater to enjoy Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday music and the dance stylings of Columbus’ local ballet troupe.
And tonight, Christmas Eve, the children will nestle all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums dance in their heads.
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Last night Kish and I went to the Nutcracker Ball (known to us, at least, as the Nut Ball). It is one of the principal fundraisers for BalletMet, the Columbus ballet troupe. It’s the first time we’ve been to the Nut Ball since the days Kish worked for BalletMet.
The event was held at the Renaissance Hotel downtown and was well done. For the cocktail hour, the entertainment was young ballerinas from the BalletMet dance academy who were depicted as figures atop music boxes and danced to piano music. When the doors opened to the ballroom itself, guests were greeted with some excellent music by a multi-piece band, as well as additional performance by the dance students. The food was good, so was the company at the firm table, and Kish and I got to visit with some friends we haven’t seen in a while.
Of course, it was a black tie event, so everyone in attendance undoubtedly felt physically uncomfortable at some point during the evening. Why do people inflict black tie formal wear on themselves? Tuxedos are bad enough, with their various studs, braces, cuff links, and cummerbunds, but men actually luck out compared to women, who must squeeze into the most uncomfortable spandex, taffeta, sparkly, stiff, strapless, and backless get-ups imaginable. All for a good cause, of course!
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