I thought it might be interesting for you to know about Cati Snarr and what she does to make the Nutcracker children so magnificent.
Mark: Will you tell us a bit about your backround?
Cati: I started dancing in SLC, with The Ballet West Christensen Academy. I started dancing in Ballet West’s Nutcracker when I was 10. I studied ballet under Mr. C, Tenley Taylor, Elaine Thomas, Petrus Boseman, Denise Schultz and Louis Godfrey. I began dancing with Ballet West when I was 15 and performed with them for 5 years under Bruce Marks and John Hart. I left Ballet West to pursue other performing interests from 1989-2002. I returned to Ballet West in 2002 after choreographing the Olympics and started to teach in the Education Program while doing free lance choreography. In 2003-2004 I began teaching in the BWA.
Mark: How did you get started as Children’s Ballet Mistress for Ballet West?
Cati: In 2004 I assisted Jane Wood Smith with the Nutcracker Kids and 2005 took over as the Children’s Ballet Mistress. I have worked with the kids for 6 years.
Mark: How many children are in Ballet West’s production of The Nutcracker?
Cati: There are 280 children in the Nutcracker divided into 4 casts of 70 children each. We began rehearsals Sept. 14th. The kids get 11 weeks of rehearsals before the 1st cast begins performances. Each cast rehearses 2-3 times a week. This process is assisted by Heather Thackeray and Lisa Hoyt who are experienced and talented.
Mark: Is Children’s Ballet Mistress your only function at Ballet West?
Cati: Besides the Nutcracker, I also teach for Ballet West in the Education Outreach Program I CAN DO, BW for Kids in the Schools and Ballet West Academy as well as continue to freelance when I can.
Mark: Thanks Cati! I think the Nutcracker children this year are the best ever!