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Last Dance

This holiday marks the final season for Victoria Jaiani as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Joffrey Ballet’s classic version.

Joffrey principal Victoria Jaiani takes a last leap as the Sugar Plum Fairy, a role she has danced for nearly a decade.

For the last nine seasons, Victoria Jaiani has danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Joffrey Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Robert Joffrey. This will be the final year for the founder’s take on the holiday classic; the company has commissioned Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon to create a new version for its 2016 season.

“It will be bittersweet to dance these final performances,” says Jaiani, a principal who has been performing with the Joffrey since 2003. “I love Robert Joffrey’s version very much; I’ve become attached to this choreography.”

Sentiment aside, though, Jaiani says she is “excited for the opportunity to tell this classic story in a refreshed way that is [new to both] our company and [the] audience.” Audiences of the Joffrey may remember Wheeldon’s efforts in the company’s 2014 production of Swan Lake, and Jaiani welcomes another chance to work with the rising star.

“This will be the first time he’s creating a new work specifically for Joffrey’s company, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.” Dec. 4-27, tickets $18-$121, 50 E. Congress Parkway, 312.386.8905

A sunny day on the beach with my husband, our son and our dog; Girl & the Goat; taking a final bow

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