Dancing with Tradition

FIA alumni in the news

A brief article in The Boston Globe, written by Cindy Cantrell, about Zion (age 11), a Friends in Adoption family member who is now performing in “The Nutcracker.’’

DANCING WITH TRADITION: When Zion was 3 years old, his mothers, Stacey and Jessie, enrolled him in a basketball class, but he cried. Next they put him in a swim class, but he didn’t want to get in the pool.

So they tried a dance class.

“He saw those tap shoes,’’ Stacey recalled, “and that was it.’’

Now 11, Zion is playing the roles of Fritz and a partygoer in 13 of the Boston Ballet’s 40 performances of “The Nutcracker’’ this month at the Boston Opera House. He is one of more than 250 young dancers in the production, which is in its final year featuring the set and costumes that have been in use since 1995.

The sixth-grader has performed in productions of “The Nutcracker’’ at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts for last six years, but this is his first time with the Boston Ballet. He attended the Boston Ballet’s summer dance program for two years, and started at the Boston Ballet School this fall.

Zion dances five days a week, and plans to audition for the Boston Ballet’s pre-professional program in the spring. He said it is his dream to perform alongside professional dancers, and wants to inspire boys in the “The Nutcracker’’ audience to try ballet.

“I hope they enjoy the show,’’ he said, “but I also hope they appreciate the dancing and all the hard work that was put in it.’’

“Dancing is very athletic and challenging, but it’s a lot of fun.’’

Source: The Boston Globe

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