Sugar and spice, and everything nice! Future ballerinas, accompanied by their mothers and grandmothers, filled the Country Club of Lincoln at the annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party in early December. Hosted by Friends of the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company (LMBC), the event was enjoyed by guests young and old, who came in their best party dresses, ready for a sparkling ballet performance and a Sugar Plum Fairy photo session in front of a beautiful Christmas tree.
Live holiday music filled the ballroom as guests dined at tables featuring Sugar Plum Fairy cupcakes with pink glitter frosting.
The guest of honor, ballerina Emily Maldavs, performed a Sugar Plum Fairy ballet solo for the guests. She wore a tutu, designed especially for the occasion by her mother, Maralee Maldavs, who is the head costumer for the LMBC. Emily is an alumna of LMBC and performed in the annual production of “The Nutcracker Ballet” for 10 years. Over 200 local dancers participate in the annual ballet and share the Lied stage with guest artists from across the country.
The LMBC board of directors donated theme gifts for a boutique, with all of the proceeds supporting LMBC’s mission of providing magical dance experiences for Lincoln’s youth. Names were drawn for door prizes, and the winners took home a pink tea set, a Sugar Plum Fairy Barbie doll and an assortment of Christmas stockings.
LMBC is a local youth ballet company that has been serving the community for over 33 years. Area dance students look forward to auditions, which are held each fall for the company's annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker Ballet” under the direction of Shari True, artistic director. LMBC’s Nutcracker continues to feature a live orchestra led by Dr. Herb Dregalla.
Fran Westfall, a member of the LMBC board of directors, and one of the organizers of the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, expressed her appreciation to community members who attended the event.
"Thank you for introducing your young children to the magic of ballet,” Westfall said. “Your financial support of LMBC is greatly appreciated! It truly takes a village to bring the Nutcracker to the Lied stage each year."
For additional information on LMBC, visit lincolnmidwestballet.org.