Josh Schadl first performed in “The Nutcracker” his freshman year in high school. Schadl started tap lessons at ten but soon gravitated to ballet and danced in the PreProfessional Division of the Atlanta Ballet. He studied dance at Kennesaw State University after the university partnered with the Atlanta Ballet. As a student at Kennesaw State Schadl danced at the American College Dance Festival and was chosen twice to perform at The Kennedy Center.
Schadl has danced with Ballet Mississippi, Tampa Bay Dance Theatre, Fleetwood Dance Theatre and Ballethnic Dance Company. He was the principal dancer in Balletnic’s signature ballet, “The Leopard.” Schadl says the role of Leopard was the hardest he ever played and that he was constantly reminded that “you’re not a house cat. You’re a leopard.”
“The Nutcracker” is one of the most beloved ballets of all times. It is performed as part of the Christmas season and is often the first ballet a child will see or dance in. The ballet is based on a story by ETA Hoffman with a score commissioned by Tchaikovsky after the success of his ballet “The Sleeping Beauty.” The ballet debuted in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia to mixed reviews. But over the years the ballet gained acclaim and is one of the most presented ballets in the world. There are numerous performances every year in Atlanta. Schadl, who was fourteen when he first danced in The Nutcracker with the Atlanta Ballet is dancing ten years later in the ballet with the Covington Regional Ballet.
The magic of “The Nutcracker”, says Schadl, is about the journey of its main character, Clara, to a magical land of mice, soldiers. sweets and exotic dances. The Rat King, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier are all characters Clara encounters. Schadl plays a number of characters including the Cavalier. He says that for him the magic of The Nutcracker is in the music. He says the audience can see the music through the dancers’ movements.
Schadl, who also teaches and choreographs, sees his future in the world of ballet. He describes himself as an introvert and that dance for him is “a way of speaking without words.” He loves both the social aspect of ballet and its athleticism noting that football players often study ballet to improve their coordination. He will be performing with the Covington Regional Ballet at the Porter Center in Covington on December 10th and 11th.
Covington Regional Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”