What better way to spend Christmas Eve than by unwrapping a beautiful new Sugar Plum Fairy. Watching Kaitlyn Gilliland's debut in the role this afternoon made Haglund feel like he was savoring a warm mint brandy.
Such beautiful, unforced articulation of the legs and feet. Crystaline mime. And on this date, December 24, 2008, Haglund witnessed for the first time on that stage a rippling, breathing port de bras. The hands were a bit messy, but he'll accept a compromise. This SPF was most courageous in her leaps to the seated lift on her partner's shoulder. She's rather tall, so when she launched herself off the ground, it was quite noticeable where she was headed. Gasps followed by tickling relief.
Gilliland began her debut a bit seriously. But the first time she encountered the smiling face and blond curls of Little Prince Lance Chantiles-Wertz, who was having the time of his life, one saw the tension melt away and her transformation into a regal, magical fairy. Her lovely face captured the light and radiated serenity with a touch of Old Worldglamour. Haglund sensed that standing in the very front row of the "6th Ring", eyes piercing Gilliland's every move, was Grandmother Houlton – unable to resist a smile.
Haglund thanks Prince Lance for performing his own magic on such an important debut. The Sugar Plum Fairy could not have done so well without your help.
Perhaps on another day Haglund will report on the Big Prince's performance. Perhaps not. For now, Haglund awards this beautiful polka pump bump to Ms. Gilliland for her wonderful performance today.