An Evening at Miami City Ballet’s The Nutcracker


{The Miami City Ballet‘s The Nutcracker at The Arsht Center}


When you live in Miami, the holidays don’t just happen organically. When it’s 90 degrees and 100 percent humidity and you still can’t wear jeans unless you’re blasting the AC, well, you have to work to make the holidays happen. You have to go that extra mile to feel holiday cheer. Little did I know six years ago when I took Milly to see her first-ever The Nutcracker at The Arsht Center, that we would be creating a tradition that was not only entertaining, it was the event that unearthed our holiday spirit.

For six years we’ve been dressing up, heading to The Arsht Center and taking in two hours of Miami City Ballet‘s The Nutcracker—both of us dreaming of being the Sugar Plum Fairy herself. This year, however, we did things a little differently. This year, we skipped the afternoon show and headed straight to the Saturday evening performance. Why? Because we’re big girls now. And big girls have girls nights out. So we tossed on something a little on the fancy side, made a few too many Snapchats and headed straight for our favorite seasonal show.

Not only was our showtime different than years’ past, we noticed a few things about the show were different, too. As veterans, we saw a few costume changes, even noticed slightly different choreography. And we loved it. Our favorite parts are always the tree growing, the dancing snowflakes and, obviously, the Sugar Plum Fairy herself. Mills loves when the Nutcracker becomes a boy. And I long to be the Arabian dancer who ends her portion in a yoga locust pose.

It’s a show we’ve seen time and time again, and one we look forward to each year. With the arrival of our annual Nutcracker trip comes the arrival of Christmastime. It’s like Santa at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Now we can put up the tree. Now we can go see Santa. Now we can make the gingerbread house.

For as long as she will let me, I’ll be taking kiddo to see our favorite ballet. And just as the Sugar Plum Fairy dances across the stage, so will our little toes tap beneath the floor as visions of wearing her tutu dance through our heads.

The show is running now through December 24 at The Arsht Center. Grab your fam and find tickets here. And, from kiddo and me, happy holidays.