Dancers ready for 25th anniversary of TJC Nutcracker performance
The East Texas Symphony Orchestra is joining the Tyler Junior College Academy of Ballet, performing The Nutcracker music live.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
One Christmas tradition that's not being affected by the weather this weekend is the 25th-annual Nutcracker Ballet.
The East Texas Symphony Orchestra is joining the Tyler Junior College Academy of Ballet, performing The Nutcracker music live. Two principal dancers from the New York City Ballet will also be performing at the event, which has a lot of East Texas families on their toes.
If you've ever seen The Nutcracker, you know the opening party scene is just the beginning of a great adventure - an adventure many East Texas dancers have been a part of for as long as they can remember.
"There are a lot of people that have been doing this for a long time, that's for sure," says Augustine "Auggie" D'Eramo, who is performing as the prince in this year's production.
D'Eramo has been dancing since he was five, following in his family's footsteps.
"I started when I was 12, my little brother's age," says Anthony D'Eramo, the oldest of the D'Eramo brothers.
"I started ballet first but I've been dancing with both of my brothers for a long time," says Aaron D'Eramo, the middle brother.
This is the fifth year the D'Eramo family has been involved in TJC's Nutcracker Ballet production. The brothers say being on stage together is a special experience.
"There has always been a friendship, an extra friendship, not just a normal brotherly friendship, but a lot more bonding time,"Aaron D'Eramo says.
Anthony D'Eramo says the TJC Nutcracker Ballet builds an even bigger family in the community, "I think we have over 100 roles and a lot of those are just community people so it really is a community project."
Parents who aren't dancing are backstage sewing and getting everyone ready.
"It's cool seeing a lot of people that, you know, enjoy dance as much as I do," Anthony D'Eramo says.
"I just love dance. It's one of those things where you almost can't stop," says youngest brother Auggie.
The D'Eramo's hope their 25th anniversary performance of The Nutcracker will bring as much Christmas joy to your family as it does to theirs.
The TJC Academy of Ballet is doing two performances of The Nutcracker on Saturday at the UT Tyler Cowan Center.
To learn more about the performance, and to buy tickets, click here.