And just like that, it’s time to put The Nutcracker to bed. For Wonderbound it will stay in dreamland from now on, and for the Colorado Conservatory of Dance it will become a new challenge to tackle in a different way next year. I really enjoyed the challenge of focusing on the student dancers this year. These kids are pretty darn amazing, not only in their passion for dance, but also in their desire to be good, professional theatre members. These lessons are hard won, and a credit to the instructors, parents and volunteers willing to do the work and instill that culture in the next generation. These young dancers pushed through tummy bugs, injury, and homework- all while being consummate professionals- to put on a great show.