Ballerina Sophie Lee is back on stage in Vancouver, this being her second production of the Nutcracker in as many years with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
The 21-year-old who was born in South Korea and lived and trained as a dancer in Langley starred as the fearless female heroine Clara back in 2012.
Now Lee is back, and is expected to steal the show again, this time performing as a soloist in the Canadian rendition of the famous Christmas story.
The young, up-and-coming dancer started at Langleyâ€™s Cameron Academy of Classical Dance prior to joining Royal Winnipeg Balletâ€™s professional school division â€“ an honour among dancers â€“ at age 14.
Lee graduated from the school in 2010, following a year in its aspirant program before being invited into the company as a corps member.
â€œWe are thrilled to present the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, one of Canadaâ€™s leading ballet companies, in this iconic Canadian version of the delightful Christmas story, Nutcracker,â€ said Ballet BCâ€™s Artistic Director Emily Molnar.
She noted that 70 aspiring young dancers from about 20 Lower Mainland dance schools are also performing in the show.
â€œThis marks the first opportunity for these young dancers to perform with a professional ballet compan,â€ Molnar said.
The Canadian dance troupe is performing the Nutcracker this weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The Nutcracker runs Dec. 12 to 14, with 7:30 p.m. shows all three days, and 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-2787 or online at ticketmaster.ca.