Katlyn Addison Becomes Third Black Ballerina in American History to Dance as Sugar Plum Fairy
“When I was really little, seeing the Nutcracker and seeing the Sugar Plum Fairy come on stage, I told my mom … I wanted to do that when I grow up,” said Katlyn Addison.
Now, Addison is holding true on that dream. The young Black ballerina will perform as the Sugar Plum Fairy for Ballet West, a dance theatre in Salt Lake City. She is the third Black woman in history to ever dance the role.
Formerly a dancer for the Houston Ballet, Addison joined Ballet West after an audition in New York in 2011. Her talent was quickly noticed by Ballet West’s artistic director Adam Sklute.
“I saw a beautiful young dancer in her teens who had such a mastery over technique for her age, as well as an elegant, statuesque creature,” said Sklute. “And I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, she would be perfect for Ballet West!’”
The opportunity was synchronistic for the Ontario, Canada native.
“I think it was after the second exercise, (Adam) scooped me up and pulled me aside and spoke with me about his company,” said Addison. “And I knew they were a taller company and I am a taller dancer, so I was attracted to that. And I knew …read more
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