Blanca Ríos says goodbye this year to The Nutcracker. The first dancer of the National Dance Company (CND) retires, will offer his last 10 performances this December as The Sugar Plum Fairy in the 2023 season that will take place in the National Auditorium.
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This was announced by Cuauhtémoc Nájera, co-artistic director of the CND, who welcomed the christmas show at children’s ballerinas Norah Sabbagh of the Mexican Dance Academy and Karime Vázquez, of the Dance school Classical and Contemporary, they will play Clarita. Alejandro Hidalgo also joins as first dancer.
“I feel very sad and moved, but at the same time very excited to announce that I am going to make my last Nutcracker as part of the CNational Dance Company. This show opened its doors to me approximately 25 years ago, two years in a row I played the role of Clara
“This proposal to include students from schools in dance is right and a great opportunity for all the young talents who may well start as mice, chocolates, that they are inspired to work with professionals and do not stop dreaming, motivated to become first dancers and dancers of a company,” added Rios.
His retirement, explained the dancer, it is because he wants to spend more time with his family. “My parents who supported me when I was 17 when I came to Mexico City from Monterrey and now my own family, my husband and my two children to whom I want to dedicate time, go traveling with them and be aware of my children’s education.”
“The most important thing now is to give back to my family all the time that I was not with them and I will continue my path as a teacher of dance”.
Blanca said that throughout her career the great challenge she faced was leaving her family to achieve her professional dreams.
But she also faced being first dancer and mother at the same time. “Standing on the scenery and dancing for my children was my great motivation. “It is one of my great joys to fulfill my dream of being a mother and continue dancing.”
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Another reason why he says goodbye to his professional career as dancer It is leaving the door open to new talents. “It’s hard for me to stop dancing, I will never stop,” she shared during the press conference.
The Nutcracker, A story of love and kindness has become a Christmas show that brings families together. The 2023 season will be from December 15 to 23 in the National Auditorium.