Dancing on a bigger stage

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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Dancer Taylor Gasvoda will dance with the San Diego Ballet in the annual performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Lincoln Center in Billings this weekend.


To see Hardin native Taylor Gasvoda perform alongside the San Diego Ballet Academy in “The Nutcracker” at the Lincoln Center in Billings visit the Billings Symphony website at www.billingssymphony.org, or purchase tickets at the box office at the Lincoln Center in Billings.


From a very young age, Taylor Gasvoda has gone to see the annual holiday ballet The Nutcracker every year.

“It just became sort of a family tradition for us,” says Melissa Gasvoda, Taylor’s mother. “But now it has become even more special because we finally get to watch Taylor perform.”

The young Gasvoda will bring a childhood dream to life when she performs on stage alongside the San Diego Ballet Company at the Lincholn Center in Billings this weekend.

Performing in a ballet she has seen every year since she was small is quite a thrill for the young dancer.

The principal dancers are seasoned San Diego Ballet professionals and more than 100 local child singers and dancers take the stage for this Billings-area Thanksgiving weekend tradition. Gasvoda is the only dancer from Hardin.

The process for a ballerina to be selected for a part in a performance is a very complex road to navigate. From countless hours practicing and perfecting every move of the French art of dance, a dancer must then audition, sometimes as a solo and sometimes as an ensemble; the audition process is the Mount Everest every dancer must climb.

Once the final selections have been made, dancers anxiously wait for the posting of the roles where they are met with the exhilaration of dancing in a live performance of a timeless and classical production of the holiday season.

This particular audition, however, was even more exclusive in that the prospective dancers had to perform in front of the owners of several dance academies they had never met before.

Auditioning for the various roles until the perfect role was narrowed down, Gasvoda was finally selected by the producers to dance in the role of a soldier.

Knowing her daughter has the chance to perform on such a well-respected stage in the state, her mother said she feels great pride in her daughter’s capability and talent.

Gasvoda will have quite the fan club to cheer on her performance this weekend when she dances “The March Of The Soldiers” on Saturday and Sunday on the stage at the Lincoln Center.

At the young age of 12 Gasvoda has proven her determination and accomplished something that most dancers work lifetimes for, but is very thankful for all the help and assistance she has had along the way.

“I really want to thank all the dance teachers that I’ve had, everyone who has helped me along the way,” she said.

Gasvoda’s plans to continue on with her dance career as she continues her education into high school and potentially even in college, with high ambitions to perform on even bigger stages.

“I just admire her courage and her determination to perform,” her mother said.

Gasvoda will be performing on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

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