A review of the Pennsylvania Ballet by Nancy G. Heller for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The grown-up dancers were no slouches, either. On opening night the principal adult roles were played by Julie Diana (Sugarplum), Zachary Hench (her Cavalier), and Amy Aldridge (Dewdrop). The always-impressive Aldridge tossed off turns and leaps with her usual aplomb. And Diana was particularly expressive and warm, showing off her pliant footwork and flicking her fairy wand with obvious delight. As always, Hench played the ultimate Cavalier - unfailingly attentive to his partner while infusing even his smallest gestures with profound meaning. Their grand pas de deux was the highlight of the evening.