Oakland Teenager Closes Performance as "Clara" in San Francisco Nutcracker Second Consecutive Year!
Great & pioneering dancer, Carmen de Lavallade, longtime wife of pioneering dancer Geoffrey Holder, lauded by the Kennedy Center Honors inspired one Oakland youth. 15 year old Angela Watson, dancing in San Francisco's "Nutcracker" for the second consecutive year as "Clara," has yet another role model to behold as she begins her journey as a dancer. The beautiful, youthful, strong, creative phenom with a work ethic beyond her years, already dreams of paying it forward for other Black dancers.
Congratulations to 15-year old Angela Watson of Oakland, who closes her role as "Clara" in the Nutcracker this week for her second consecutive year. It's the first time an African American has played the role for two years straight in the San Francisco Ballet's production of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker."
On opening weekend at San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, Angela starred in the role of "Clara" on the eve of the 125th World Premiere of the Nutcracker at the Imperial Ballet, Marinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Wednesday, December 27th's performance will be one of her last as "Clara" that will include the Friday, December 29th performance. She will be in the role of a "Dragonfly" the last night of the production, November 30th.
Thanks to instruction at Oakland School for the Arts School of Dance directed by Reginald Ray Savage and also the San Francisco Ballet School directed by Patrick Armand, Angela's poise and presence on stage demonstrates her present and future performance potential for roles in classics like Giselle, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet as well as modern ballets as "Revelations,"
Specific to the "Nutcracker,"
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