A letter from the audience:

Dear Miss Toth,
I've been a ballet aficionado for decades. During the 1970's and 1980's I held season's tickets to Boston Ballet and followed the meteoric career of prima ballerina, Miss Edra Toth. Fast forward to 2014. For many years the Boston Ballet Nutcracker was a treasured tradition for my mother, nieces, sister and me. Now I live in Maryland, and I wanted to bring my niece and grand-niece to a Nutcracker performance near their home in NH. I was delighted to find Northeastern Ballet Theatre. When I called to order tickets, Miss Edra answered the telephone and we shared memories of Boston Ballet.

On the night of the performance at Oyster River High School I was as excited and mesmerized as seven year old Leah. The elaborate stage sets and glorious costumes surpassed even those of Boston Ballet! I thought they were borrowed from a professional company, but Miss Toth explained that the dazzling costumes were sewn by devoted parents of the dancers. Dancers of every age and experience level filled the stage with grace, beauty, and magic. Our proximity to the stage contributed to an immersive experience that surpassed even that of the Wang Center in Boston.

After the performance, we had the honor of meeting Miss Toth, Miss Lissa Curtis, and Miss Naomi Sawyer. Each star was warm, gracious, and enchanting. My niece Cassandra and her daughter Leah left with stars in their eyes and a memorable lesson in the accessibility of ballet.

Now the NBT Nutcracker is our new and eagerly awaited tradition. I am thrilled to share the magic of such a superb ballet performance with the fourth generation of our family! We can't wait to applaud wildly for the 2015 performance!!

Sincerely,
 J. Cromer

 

Parent testimonials:

"Before studying ballet with Edra, my daughter needed something to focus on to help with discipline and anxiety issues.  After 3 years at Northeastern Ballet Theatre she has blossomed.  Ballet has helped her focus, be more disciplined, and revealed the dancer inside."   - Shannon Tibbetts

 

My daughter came to NBT during a summer intensive and noticed how different the instruction was.  She had taken many classes at other dance studios but was looking for something more.  At NBT she found it.  Edra is a true professional.  She is precise, serious, and expects respect for the gift of ballet and the best from her students.  My daughter loves studying under her and looks forward to the ballerina Edra is making of her.  In such a short time, she has learned more than we imagined, worked harder than she imagined and has gained an even greater love for the art of ballet. We are grateful to have found such a gifted woman who gives her all to her students.  We love Edra! (A.M.)