A ballerina takes the stage

Posted 11/15/09

As she floats across her living room floor, practicing her solo ballet piece, one can not help but smile. Even though she hasn’t warmed up and the …

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A ballerina takes the stage


As she floats across her living room floor, practicing her solo ballet piece, one can not help but smile.

Even though she hasn’t warmed up and the floor is carpet, her talent shines through as her ballet technique takes her through her routine.

Brianna Crockett is 12 years old and lives outside Elizabeth. She is a student at International Ballet School in Littleton. Although she has only been at the school for a year, she has been dancing even before her feet touched the ground. Her mom, Michele Crockett, remembers her first dance, which began in her belly.

“Brianna was always doing flips in my stomach,” Michele said. “She was born ready to dance.”

Because of her early dancing, Michele nicknamed Brianna Jete, a French ballet term which means to jump from one foot to the other, while she was pregnant. After Brianna was born, Jete became her middle name.

Brianna took her first ballet lesson at age three. Throughout the years, Brianna learned jazz, tap, lyrical and hip-hop. But after her previous dance instructor saw her ballet talent, she recommended Brianna focus solely on ballet and attend a ballet school. She now is at a 5/6 level of ability and has moved up to dancing pointe ballet at IBS. Pointe is a form of ballet where a dancer dances on the tips of her toes wearing specialized point shoes.

“I like all of the different dance styles, but ballet is my favorite,” she said. “It so beautiful when you’re good at it, it can bring out so much emotion.”

Currently at the International Ballet School Brianna and the rest of the dancers are working on their performance of the Nutcracker. This year Brianna has three parts in the production: a big party girl, a cupid and a soldier. With the performance coming up the first weekend in December, Brianna’s schedule is busy with nightly and weekend rehearsals.

The Nutcracker is not her only upcoming performance. Brianna is also preparing for the Youth American Grand Prix, where she will be performing two solo dances: a ballet piece and a modern piece. The Youth American Grand Prix is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 in scholarships to dance schools worldwide.

Brianna’s ballet piece is called the Paquita, a ballet piece first performed in the 1800’s.

“I’m really excited for the Grand Prix because this is the first time I am going to compete at this competition,” she said. “In my perspective it’s a lot different than the other competitions I have been to and there will be a lot of people dancing all different styles.”

Brianna hopes one day to be part of a Russian ballet company, being able to travel the world while dancing. Her love for dance is obvious, especially during a blizzard.

“When we got all the snow I couldn’t go to dance class,” she said. “I had to dance at home because I have so much energy and I felt like I needed to do something for me. I couldn’t just not dance, so it’s really something special for me.”

Michele could not be more proud of Brianna, and she beams when talks about her daughter’s dancing. She said her 12-year-old’s passion for dance is inspiring, and she is excited to see where ballet takes Brianna in the future.

“What I love the most is watching her dance freely in the living room to one of our favorite bands, Evanescence,” she said. “She looks so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes.”

The International Ballet School’s production of the Nutcracker is Dec. 3-5 at the Newman Center Gates Concert Hall at the University of Denver. Tickets are $21. For more information visit www.internationalballetschool.net or call 720 283 6323.

The Nutcracker, performed buy the International Ballet School

When: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3

4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4

11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5Where: Gates Concert Hall and Newman Center at the University of Denver, , 2344 E. Iliff Ave. in Denver

Tickets: $21 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 303-830-TIXS


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