Gegelman will perform in Ballet Minnesota’s ‘Nutcracker’

Willa Gegelman

Mendota Heights resident Willa Gegelman, 17, earned the soloist role of Rose in Ballet Minnesota’s 29th annual “The Classic Nutcracker,” which will be presented Dec. 16 to 18 at The O’Shaughnessy, on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul.

Gegelman, a senior at Henry Sibley High School, has been taking dance lessons since she turned 3.  

In the earlier years, she focused her training on jazz and tap dancing, but always felt drawn to ballet.  At 13, she made the commitment to ballet and has been building up her repertoire at Ballet Minnesota and Classical Ballet Academy in St. Paul.  

Gegelman has danced in wide-ranging roles from the magical Snow fairies, to high flying Russian, and this year, she will take center stage as Rose, Queen of Flowers.  

“I am inspired by the dancers around me. Their dedication and artistry motivates me to keep dancing. It is amazing to work on something together for so long and then see it come together at the end,” said Gegelman.  

With one week to go before curtain call at O’Shaughessy Auditorium, Gegelman said she will be focusing on eating well and staying limber. 

“To relax after a long day of rehearsals, I’ll usually stretch and roll out my muscles.” She said rehearsals on top of ballet class add up to 24 hours or more of dancing per week as she prepares for Nutcracker week.  


For information about tickets, call The O’Shaughnessy box office at 651-690-6700, or go to


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