Ballet dancer

Washington Ballet dancer Alexa Torres’ favorite spots in DC

As “The Nutcracker” returned to the Warner Theater this holiday season, however, Torres officially left Clara behind. Audiences can now see her playing a variety of roles – including the Snow Queen amid winter magic in Snow Pas de Deux – but not the young heroine who embarks on a fantasy adventure for Christmas Eve.

“My freshman year was so fresh and I had a very particular way of thinking about Clara,” Torres says. “As I continued to mature and get other roles, she also changed. I just remember doing that last show [as Clara] and feeling like I was growing up and getting into the business and filling that part of my life, I guess. But it will always remain in my heart.

It’s not snowing on Torres’ ideal day in the DC area, however, as the Dominican Republic native and Van Ness resident enjoys warm weather, has plenty of coffee and, inevitably, heads to the studio of dance.

First of all, it’s spring on my dream day – it’s not winter. I want to check the weather forecast and it’s 75 or 80 degrees with a little wind. Also, I don’t have a car, so I would have a bus that would take me to all the places I want to stop.

I would start early in the morning with a virtual Pilates class with my friend Sarah Steele. Right after that, I headed to Bagels Bethesda with my boyfriend, Charles, and get cream cheese and lox on an everything bagel, if I’m feeling spicy, or just a nice multigrain bagel. Then I’d run to any DMV cafe that’s local – though Bread Furst is the first that comes to mind – and have an iced coffee. I could have coffee all day.

After that, you’ll laugh, but I’ll go Marshals Where TJ Maxx or maybe a thrift shop in Georgetown and look around. I like to walk around shops and stores and see what they have. From there I would go to Busboys and poets down U Street for a tempeh sandwich. And I would meet [President] Barack Obama or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over there, maybe grab another coffee and have a good time.

U Street still has markets with local jewelry, painters and flowers, so I’d still look around and maybe get a DC sticker, since I collect them. Then I think my perfect day has to have some kind of dancing, so I’d go home, put on my ballet outfit, and take a class at Washington Ballet. It would just be a good wellness course of Ruben Martin Cintas where I conduct one of my favorite ballets – maybe ‘Sleeping Beauty’ or ‘Giselle’ or ‘Romeo and Juliet’. And I wouldn’t be tired at all, so it would go so well.

Then I would find a way to teleport my family here from the Dominican Republic – my mother, my grandmother, my father and my stepfather – and watch fireworks on the national mall. Then, after this very, very long day, I would go home, relax with my family and my boyfriend, and order some poke bowls. Never mind where – I’ve tried a few here and they’re all good, so I’m not too picky. Finally, I was making hot chocolate and we were all watching “Get Out,” which is my #1 movie – I’ve probably seen it eight or nine times. And it’s my day.