Fifth grader Sofia Carmona dances in NYC Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ at Lincoln Center

COLONIAL SCHOOL — Fifth grader Sofia Carmona performed in the New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” this season.

Starting at age six, ballet became a part of Sofia’s life. At age ten, she was accepted into the School of American Ballet in the New York. As a student of that school she was able to try out for “The Nutcracker.”

“I couldn’t believe what was happening at the moment,” Sofia said. “I had never imagined that I would have the opportunity to audition for something as important as this.”

At first, Sofia wasn’t going to get to be a part of the school because she lived in Texas. But her mom let the school know they were planning to move anyway. They quickly sent a message saying the family wanted her to dance in the School of American Ballet.

As her training began, Sofia worked hard to become the ballerina she is now.

Performing in “The Nutcracker” made her feel “important because it was my first performance with the school,” she said. Practice for the production was easy and the teachers were nice and showed the steps slowly, according to Sofia.

Sofia has had a lot of people who helped in her journey, but especially her teacher and mother. “My teacher influenced me a lot because she was the children’s master and she was the one who taught me. I also think my mom helped me because she was the one who got me on the stage and moving.”

“I just think that every time I come (on the stage) it seems like a new day, and I act like it’s my first performance.”

You can also read Sofia’s first-person column on what it was like to dance “The Nutcracker.”