“The Nutcracker” ballet was composed in 1892. For it to last over 1 1/4 centuries, it must be pretty amazing. And so it’s very fitting that the Sugarplum program of the Colorado Ballet is comprised of resilient, talented young ladies.

The Sugarplum program is a memorable experience for second grade girls and a long-standing Denver tradition. A season of fun, friendship, and ballet appreciation culminates with The Sugarplum Ball followed by an on-stage presentation at Colorado Ballet’s magical performance of “The Nutcracker.” There are many activities for Sugarplums including the mother-daughter tea, a father-daughter party, and a holiday party.

Sugarplums, alums and their families braved the Colorado weather Friday night to present the Sugarplums prior to their involvement in “The Nutcracker.” There was a jovial reception in the Brown Palace lobby, followed by the Sugarplums and alums on stage, escorted by their proud fathers. The loving looks from fathers striding next to their exuberant young ladies is priceless.

And as always, “visions of Sugarplums will be dancing in their heads” as they welcome new and exciting experiences with the Colorado Ballet.