Girl Power: On Point 12/19/13
Midland High senior Chloé Gomez has been in love since she was two years old. No, not with a person; but instead, with the passion in her life: ballet.
“I think it’s something that I’ve meant to be doing," she said. "I feel like if I wouldn’t have even started ballet there would be something that I knew was missing in my life. I like to think it’s genuinely a part of who I am.”
To become the best dancer she could, Chloé joined the Midland Festival Ballet and the rest is history.
“The amount of time we spend up here I guess is a lot more than usual and it’s really, like, a rigorous program," she shared with a smile, "but, I like it. I think it’s totally worth it and I wouldn’t want to spend my time doing anything else.”
“She’s very passionate and she’s very strong willed," said the school's artistic director Susan Clark. "That makes it a lot of fun to work with [her]."
This weekend, the Midland Festival Ballet has their 20th annual production of the Nutcracker. It’s one of the most loved ballets around the world, especially for the performers.
“I really like Nutcracker because it’s such a classic," Chloé said. "I like being in it because, being able to do different parts it’s nice to see yourself progress through the years. It’s something that I guess I have a lot of memories tied to as well.”
For Chloe, this year’s performance is even more special. As a senior in high school, this will be her last time to perform the Nutcracker with her studio.
“They become almost my own kids," Susan said with misty eyes. "She has a definite personality that will be missed.”
“It’s like getting to that point where I’m kind of getting emotional about it," Chloé shared. "The last performance in Big Spring I realized was, like, my last-first Nutcracker. It was something that kind of made me a little sad and nostalgic.”
The Midland Festival Ballet will have two performances of the holiday classic this weekend. On Saturday, the performance starts at 7:30pm at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, and on Sunday it's a matinee production starting at 2:30pm also at the Wagner Noel.
For ticket information you can go to the Wagner Noel's Web site.