Ballet dancer

The Alamo Heights ballet dancer leaps onto the world stage and lands the role of ‘Plum’ in the local production of ‘The Nutcracker’

Kate Thomas, Children’s Ballet of San Antonio, Sugar Plum Fair, The Nutcracker/Photo-Children’s Ballet of San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A sophomore at Alamo Heights High School is making her way onto the world stage, one pirouette at a time. Kate Thomas, who recently turned 16, has been invited to join the one-year program at the Royal Ballet School in London, which is a dream come true.

“The chance to study in London and further my knowledge of ballet is a unique opportunity,” said Thomas.

The San Antonio Children’s Ballet student said she couldn’t believe it when she received the invitation, but those who have seen Thomas dance are not surprised by the recognition she is receiving overseas . She was recently named a finalist in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“When I opened the email, I was running around my house crying tears of joy,” Thomas said.

Alamo Heights High School student Kate Thomas dances with the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio /Photo-Children’s Ballet of San Antonio

She has danced with Vanessa Bessler and the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio for ten years, and during that time Thomas has received scholarships to the Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet West in Utah, Houston Ballet and the Colorado Ballet Academy. She also performed at Lincoln Center in New York.

For the third year in a row, she landed the role of Sugar Plum Fairy in San Antonio Children’s Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

“The first year I did it, I was so scared. There are some very difficult stages, but this is my third year,” said Thomas.

His hard work pays off.

“Like any top athlete, it takes a lot of hard work, time and dedication,” Thomas said. “That means a lot of training late at night and sacrificing our weekends for long practices and rehearsals, but I love playing in front of the public and competing. That’s what I work for every day because that’s what which brings me joy and fulfillment in ballet.

Learning to dance on pointe is much more difficult than it seems. It is the classical ballet technique which involves the dancer placing her weight on her toes in pointe shoes.

“Eventually your feet will change and you will develop certain muscles that no other human has because you are doing something so unique with your feet and your body,”

COVID-19 forced her to postpone her trip to London to study with the Royal Ballet. Due to the pandemic, the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio will not be performing The Nutcracker in front of a live audience, but Thomas is confident families will enjoy the virtual production.

“Even if they can’t watch it in downtown theaters, I think being able to stream it online is a wonderful opportunity, and I hope it brings the same joy,” she said.

The Children’s Ballet of San Antonio presents “The Nutcracker” on December 18, 19, 25 and 26. Thomas will dance the role of Sugar Plum Fairy on December 18 and 25.

Bird Bakery will offer cookie decorating demonstrations during intermission.

Tickets are available here.

San Antonio Children’s Ballet performs The Nutcracker/Pre-Pandemic Photo – San Antonio Children’s Ballet