Encore | Diana Stetsura

December 2017 View more

Dancing a holiday Classic
Throughout my whole career, I’ve always loved being part of any Nutcracker—even when I was touring with Russian companies and performing over 60 shows in 20 days. Now I’m so fortunate to be able to perform in Von Heidecke’s production, which has everything from beautiful costumes, sets and choreography to a live orchestra doing full justice to Tchaikovsky’s score.

Inspiring Budding Ballerinas
Some of the most memorable moments of my career were after the show was over, when young girls would come backstage and say they wanted to dance just like me. I felt as if all of my hard work over the years was all worth it at that point. Inspiring people to dance is one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

From Ballet to the Bar Exam
I earned my law degree while I was performing in Russia, because you never know how long you’ll get to dance. Nobody knows what the future holds, so I always wanted to have a backup plan for myself.

December 16–17, McAninch Arts Center
Tickets $34–$44 | atthemac.org