Christmas lights are up, you can hear Christmas songs on the radio, and this week another holiday tradition will begin. The Lone Star Ballet will present its annual presentation of The Nutcracker.
Blood, sweat, and tears go into making the production of The Nutcracker. Luckily there were no tears or blood when we watched a rehearsal, but there was definitely a lot of sweating and dancing.
"It's a long process, you know, we go through easy and hard times, blood and sweat. It's a whole teamwork, not just choreography, it's lights, props, so we all work together," says Artistic Daniil Gaifullin.
More than one-hundred dancers have been rehearsing since September for the annual production. Although it takes up a lot of time, the dancers say it's all worth it.
"It takes a lot of hard work, you have to eat good food, and get a lot of exercise and energy. Yesterday we worked from 12:00 to 10:00 so it takes a lot of hard work and energy," says Alexis Stroud, who is performing Clara.
"It did in high school, I didn't get to go out to football games or any parties, I was always at dance but I didn't mind. I love it , I don't think I would trade what I do for anything," says Roxann Seaton who has been dancing 14 years.
Their hard work does not go un-noticed and come performance night, it all pays off.
"Kids are doing great, if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have The Nutcracker right now, so they are doing great," says Gaifullin.
"I'm very nervous, but I'm also excited too," says Stroud.
"The performing, I love being out in front of an audience," says Seaton.
Performance dates are December 8, 9, 10. Friday and Saturday show at 8 p.m. And Sunday evening at 6 p.m. And matinee on Saturday at 3 p.m. And Sunday at 2 p.m.