Adventures : My Day as a Ballerina with Canon’s The BIG MOMENT + NYC Ballet

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a famous ballerina…

I think a lot of girls do. This past Wednesday, I got to live out this dream.

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nycballet11 When Gracie asked me if I wanted to take a ballet class and see the nutcracker with her… it was a very easy decision.

I took ballet when I was younger and minored in dance while at The University of Miami. I always love dance and the expression of music through movement. I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to see The NYC Ballet and see the Nutcracker (yes, I have never seen it!!)

Gracie, Monica and I all met at Gracie’s around 9am (seemed earlier because of my looooong walk across the city). Canon Camera had sent car service for us to bring us to Lincoln Center.

When we arrived, we were given adorable New York City Ballet leg warmers + a very cozy NYC Ballet dance shirt. We truly felt like real professionals haha.

nycballet10 nycballet8 Canon's The Big Moment with the New York City BalletIt was so fun to dress up like a ballet dancer. We also had the opportunity to meet other bloggers and writers. A room full of girls dressed like ballerinas is always fun.Canon's The Big Moment with the New York City BalletNEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11:  General view at Canon's The Big Moment with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on December 11, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Canon)

The whole day experience was part of Canon’s THE BIG MOMENT, featuring the new EOS Rebel SL1 camera, which is the world’s lightest and smallest DSLR. We got to play with the cameras, learn special features (LIKE AMAZING FILTERS IN THE CAMERA), and take pictures during our tour. This is definitely one of the top things on my wish list now.Canon's The Big Moment with the New York City BalletCanon's The Big Moment with the New York City BalletWe had the rare opportunity to learn part of a Nutcracker dance – from NYC Ballet Dancers (Jared Angel, Daniel Ulbricht, and Abi Stafford) that are actually IN the Nutcracker. It was so much fun dancing with the girls and learning a part of a routine (it made me remember how much I miss dancing).  We then had the opportunity to watch them dance and take pictures with the Canon cameras. Below is one of the shots:
Canon's The Big Moment with the New York City Ballet

Canon's The Big Moment with the New York City BalletAfter dancing (+ sweating shhh) we headed to Lincoln center for a complimentary lunch. Don’t tell anyone, but dancers do eat fried chicken hehe

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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Gracie Gordon, Monica Hinrichsen, Jessi Green, Gina Marinelli and Chloe Daley at Canon’s The Big Moment with the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Canon)

After an incredible lunch, we got a backstage tour of the Nutcracker. The Theater was beautiful and we even got to be on the stage. The entire group was snapping away with their Canon EOS Rebel SL1 cameras. I could not believe how light the camera was. I have used the 5D before, and I love the quality but for events it can be very heavy. Also, by coupling with STM lenses, the EOS Rebel SL1 yields much quieter video – basically that means no clicking-on feedback. I think this is a camera that any blogger or creative should have. Hint Hint to my husband if he is reading this.Canon's The Big Moment with the New York City Ballet

nutcracker nyc balletAfter the tour, we got to watch The Nutcracker. It was such a beautiful performance. Thank you so much Gracie, Canon Cameras + The NYC Ballet for such an exciting adventure.

Have you ever seen the nutcracker? What is your favorite part?

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2 Comments

  1. I took my niece to The Nutcracker for the first time yesterday and Loved it! It my seem cliche, but I think the Sugar Plum Fairy dance was my favorite part. Glad you got to live a dream, girl:)

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