It’s the season for Mikal Kenfield to once again become the Sugar Plum Fairy.
She’s a principal dancer in the Fargo Moorhead Ballet’s production of “The Classic Nutcracker,” a Christmas favorite that Kenfield has danced multiple times.
“It’s a dream come to life,” she says about the ballet. “I dance a luxurious waltz and tell my story through movement. It’s all about expression through motion.”
A 2003 Concordia graduate, Kenfield is the associate director of Residence Life. She began dancing at age 3 in her hometown of Missoula, Mont., after her parents enrolled her in a creative movement class to help channel her energy.
In high school she danced nearly every day and performed with the Missoula Dance Academy and the Garden City Ballet. But when she came to Concordia, she decided it was time to give it up.
“I knew I’d never be a professional, so I stopped,” she says. “But I didn’t recognize how meaningful dance is for me. I didn’t want to say goodbye to it. It’s a skill I have that I’m good at, so I chose to do something just for me and dance again. I absolutely love it.”
Kenfield says ballet is very physically demanding, combining strength, concentration and balance all while expressing emotion in a storyline through graceful, artistic movements.
“When I dance, I block out everything and just think about making the right motions,” she says. “It’s a great way to stay fit and leave your work world behind.”
Kenfield was invited to join the FM Ballet in 2006 as a principal dancer and she’s performed in local productions ever since. She’s now an instructor at Gasper’s School of Dance and Performing Arts in Fargo and choreographs Concordia’s annual Orientation Welcome Show. For two years she also coached the Minnesota State University Moorhead dance team to national finishes.
Kenfield is especially fond of “The Nutcracker” story and Tchaikovsky’s memorable score. As the Sugar Plum Fairy, she’s the ruler of the beautiful Land of Sweets. When the prince returns, a celebration of sweets from around the world commences and the Sugar Plum Fairy concludes the night by performing an exquisite, dreamy waltz.
“For me, ‘The Nutcracker’ is all about joyful movement set to music that is familiar to everyone,” she says.
The Nutcracker ballet will be performed with professional stage sets and a live orchestra in the Festival Concert Hall at North Dakota State University at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 21.