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An intimate look at The Nutcracker Ballet for Rochester Woman Magazine

Recently, I was asked to write an article for Rochester Woman Magazine about The Nutcracker Ballet, which is performed by Rochester City Ballet in collaboration with The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Bach Children’s Chorus. I learned so much about this holiday classic, ballet in general, and how dance can convey a poignant and unforgettable visual experience thanks to Rochester City Ballet’s senior marketing manager Debbie Tretter and artistic director Jamey Leverett.

I couldn’t put everything I learned into my 900-word-article, but one of the most memorable moments I had was a behind-the-scenes peek of rehearsals at Rochester City Ballet, which is located on University Avenue in Rochester. Dancers were working on the popular “Waltz of the Flowers” scene, which occurs in the kingdom of the sweets. The dance is literally a waltz, and the dancers were working on perfecting their steps under the eagle eye of Leverett. This was also one of the first rehearsals that the Sugar Plum Fairy, played by Jessica Tretter, got to wear a classical tutu. My wonderful guide, Debbie Tretter explained to me that once the dancers put on a tutu – a wide, flat skirt that is hooped, and tightly tacked – they can’t see their feet!

You can read my article online here and see the entire November issue of Rochester Woman Magazine on

If you’re like me and have never seen a live performance of The Nutcracker, I hope that after you read my piece it moves you to consider attending one of the six performances from November 23rd to 25th at Kodak Hall in Eastman Theatre. Tickets are available at

Thanks and happy reading!

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Proud to be a contributing writer to this award-winning publication. Recently, Rochester Magazine won two awards from New York News Publishers Association for 2013–Distinguished Specialty Publication  award and Distinguished Specialty Publication Feature Writing (Kudos to colleague Melissa F. Pheterson for writing feature story entitled “The Abduction” in April, 2013).

Rochester Magazine Cover February 2014
Rochester Magazine Cover February 2014

I can now check “cover model” off my bucket list (it wasn’t on in the first place, but what the heck.) More importantly, I can say that I wrote the cover story for the February 2014 issue of this exceptional publication, and am humbled to be in the presence of so many talented folks who work hard month after month to produce the magazine.

Rochester Magazine - April 2013
Rochester Magazine – April 2013

“Don’t scarf the chocolate,” appeared in Rochester Magazine’s April 2013 issue on page 8. You can’t read it online unless you buy the app for the iPad (available on iTunes). However, if you subscribe to my blog (hint: join the list to the right), you can read the article for free! Once you’re finished reading, why not go out and buy a copy of Rochester Magazine or the iPad app? Oh, and don’t forget to try the chocolate!



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“100 Word Book Reviews”  debuted in the January 2013 issue of  Rochester Woman Magazine on page 53.  The column appeared somewhat regularly throughout 2013.

The April installment of  “100 Word Book Reviews” appears on page 65 of Rochester Woman Magazine and features books by women, including local author Kathy Porter’s “Love Always Wags its Tail.”

The March installment of “100 Word Book Reviews” appears on page 50 of Rochester Woman Magazine and highlights the Writers & Books annual reading program “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…”

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Leading with Gratitude: Susan Roberts
Leading with Gratitude: Susan Roberts

“Leading with Gratitude” – a conversation with Bausch + Lomb executive vice president and chief compliance officer Susan Roberts appeared in the February 2013 issue of Rochester Woman Magazine. Additional content posted in: “Lessons from a friend” February 2, 2013.




Rochester Woman Magazine - November 2012.
Rochester Woman Magazine – Nov. 2012
An Intimate Look at the Nutcracker
An Intimate Look at the Nutcracker

“An intimate look at The Nutcracker”  feature story appeared in the November 2012 issue of  Rochester Woman Magazine on page 12.  Additional content posted in: “An intimate look at The Nutcracker Ballet for Rochester Woman Magazine” November 5, 2012.