Christmas dreams come true

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

A young Waterdown dancer's dreams came true recently, with two plum roles in The Nutcracker.

Dana Krychowski, 8, will be playing both a ginger, and a key mouse role, in the famous Christmas ballet, which will be performed December 8-10 at Hamilton Place.

The soft-spoken third grader from St. Thomas Catholic Elementary School has been dancing since she was three, and decided to audition for fun, not expecting to win a role. But she got a call-back for the next day, when she was told the good news.

"It was my first audition," she said. And although she was nervous, she charmed the judges. "They said 'we don't have to tell you to smile'," she said with a grin.

She's been given a special mouse role, with a solo during the famous fight scene. In fact, she'll be the last mouse off the stage after the tragic death of the Mouse King. Her role calls for her to wipe way a tear with her tail, then collect the King's sword.

Krychowski trains at the the Linda Collins School of Dance in Waterdown, where she studies ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop. She doesn't have a favourite - she likes each form. She says her favourite part of dancing is the performance. And she loves to get on stage in front of an audience, said her proud mom, Vicki Rodgers.

Krychowski first signed up for lessons as a preschooler, because a friend was taking classes. She got to watch, because that friend's mom babysat her.

Since then, she's been hooked, and she sees dance as a long-term part of her life. She thinks she may grow up to be a dance teacher one day.

But dance isn't her whole life. Although she takes lessons four days a week, and has been rehearsing for The Nutcracker each Sunday, she makes room in her schedule for baseball each summer.

The Nutcracker is being presented by the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble, starring Ballet Oust de Montreal. It will be performed December 8-10, with school performances open to local classes on December 8 and 9.

Schools can call 905-512-1453 to reserve space, or visit www.cybe.ca. Tickets for the evening performances on December 9 and 10 can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling 905-527-7666.

Christmas dreams come true

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

A young Waterdown dancer's dreams came true recently, with two plum roles in The Nutcracker.

Dana Krychowski, 8, will be playing both a ginger, and a key mouse role, in the famous Christmas ballet, which will be performed December 8-10 at Hamilton Place.

The soft-spoken third grader from St. Thomas Catholic Elementary School has been dancing since she was three, and decided to audition for fun, not expecting to win a role. But she got a call-back for the next day, when she was told the good news.

"It was my first audition," she said. And although she was nervous, she charmed the judges. "They said 'we don't have to tell you to smile'," she said with a grin.

She's been given a special mouse role, with a solo during the famous fight scene. In fact, she'll be the last mouse off the stage after the tragic death of the Mouse King. Her role calls for her to wipe way a tear with her tail, then collect the King's sword.

Krychowski trains at the the Linda Collins School of Dance in Waterdown, where she studies ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop. She doesn't have a favourite - she likes each form. She says her favourite part of dancing is the performance. And she loves to get on stage in front of an audience, said her proud mom, Vicki Rodgers.

Krychowski first signed up for lessons as a preschooler, because a friend was taking classes. She got to watch, because that friend's mom babysat her.

Since then, she's been hooked, and she sees dance as a long-term part of her life. She thinks she may grow up to be a dance teacher one day.

But dance isn't her whole life. Although she takes lessons four days a week, and has been rehearsing for The Nutcracker each Sunday, she makes room in her schedule for baseball each summer.

The Nutcracker is being presented by the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble, starring Ballet Oust de Montreal. It will be performed December 8-10, with school performances open to local classes on December 8 and 9.

Schools can call 905-512-1453 to reserve space, or visit www.cybe.ca. Tickets for the evening performances on December 9 and 10 can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling 905-527-7666.

Christmas dreams come true

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

A young Waterdown dancer's dreams came true recently, with two plum roles in The Nutcracker.

Dana Krychowski, 8, will be playing both a ginger, and a key mouse role, in the famous Christmas ballet, which will be performed December 8-10 at Hamilton Place.

The soft-spoken third grader from St. Thomas Catholic Elementary School has been dancing since she was three, and decided to audition for fun, not expecting to win a role. But she got a call-back for the next day, when she was told the good news.

"It was my first audition," she said. And although she was nervous, she charmed the judges. "They said 'we don't have to tell you to smile'," she said with a grin.

She's been given a special mouse role, with a solo during the famous fight scene. In fact, she'll be the last mouse off the stage after the tragic death of the Mouse King. Her role calls for her to wipe way a tear with her tail, then collect the King's sword.

Krychowski trains at the the Linda Collins School of Dance in Waterdown, where she studies ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop. She doesn't have a favourite - she likes each form. She says her favourite part of dancing is the performance. And she loves to get on stage in front of an audience, said her proud mom, Vicki Rodgers.

Krychowski first signed up for lessons as a preschooler, because a friend was taking classes. She got to watch, because that friend's mom babysat her.

Since then, she's been hooked, and she sees dance as a long-term part of her life. She thinks she may grow up to be a dance teacher one day.

But dance isn't her whole life. Although she takes lessons four days a week, and has been rehearsing for The Nutcracker each Sunday, she makes room in her schedule for baseball each summer.

The Nutcracker is being presented by the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble, starring Ballet Oust de Montreal. It will be performed December 8-10, with school performances open to local classes on December 8 and 9.

Schools can call 905-512-1453 to reserve space, or visit www.cybe.ca. Tickets for the evening performances on December 9 and 10 can be purchased through Ticketmaster, by calling 905-527-7666.