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St. Mary's University's annual Nutcracker performance, starring Bryan Moore as the Nutcracker prince, ran from Dec.3-7

Skating in a different direction

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Bryan Moore, 19, of Woodbury, comes from a hockey upbringing, both of his older brother play hockey, while is father is the hockey coach at St. Mary's University, Moore on the other hand has taken a different approach to his life goals.

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"My dad pushed us all into skating lessons, but I didn't want to play hockey, so I started figure skating," he said. "I kind of took the artistic route from the beginning."

Moore said he received minimal teasing from his brothers and classmates and his family has become very accepting of his artistic ambitions.

"Starting out I got picked on because little kids are kind of cruel., but growing up it really wasn't a problem."

Moore was is competitive figure skating for 15 years, as well as a competitive dance for 8 years.

"When it came time to decide between skating and dance, I chose dance," he aid.

Moore first became interested in dance after he had started performing in musical theater in the third grade and dance just seemed like the next logical step for him.

"I just thought for musical theater, it would be good if I stated taking dance classes," he said. "And I kinda just stuck with it."

Moore said his love of dance performances has now surpassed his love of theater performances because they offer a lot of things theater cannot.

"I prefer dance performances because they are more athletic, it's more involving," he said.

For Moore, now a freshman at SMU, a theater major with a minor in dance, the stage has always been a natural fit for him.

"I love being on stage and that feeling you get when you're performing for an audience," he said. "It's just this adrenaline rush, it's just great."

Earlier this month, Moore was able to bring one of the holiday's most beloved characters to live on stage, the Nutcracker, at the SMU annual performance of the ballet.

By trade, Moore is a modern dancer, so taking on a full scale ballet performance was something that wasn't necessarily on his to do list.

"I started, thinking about it, 'well alright I guess I'll try it, I like dance but ballet is not my favorite, but I'll give it a try'," he said. "I didn't really expect anything out of it but then I ended up getting the lead and well that works."

Moore said being in the Nutcracker was a wonderful experience for him because not only was it his first full ballet production, but it allowed him to dance a great while on stage.

"It was a great experience," he said.

As memorable as the Nutcracker was, Moore said he considers his greatest accomplishment to be the several times he was able to be a part of the Minnesota Children's Theater productions.

"It's just being able to call myself a professional actor and a professional dancer," he said.

In the future, Moore has his sights set on both Broadway and Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance."

I would really love to move out to New York and try being on Broadway, that's my ultimate goal," he said. "I don't have it set in stone that I need to be in certain plays, I'll take whatever I can get."

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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