It has been a busy but yet rewarding school year for Virginia Buller, a fifth-grade student at Aspen Crossing Elementary School. She has been performing in the Colorado Ballet production of The Nutcracker at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Although Buller has been a dancer since she was two years old, this was one of the highest honors she has achieved.
"Life is yours to make what you want of it. Find your passion and hold on to it,” says Buller. When asked about what advice she had for other dancers her age, she mentioned “It is important to keep trying until you get where you want in life. Even if you don’t get there right away, something good will always come from hard work and dedication.” Buller expressed that she wishes each student her age the chance to find something that brings them the same amount of joy that dancing brings to her.
Buller claims she was nervous for the auditions as she was up against several hundred other dancers her age. However, through hard work, dedication and a positive attitude, she was cast as an angel, a party-goer and a polichinelle.
When Buller arrived to the first rehearsal, she found the woman who played the role of “Clara” to be a huge inspiration to her. She says she is grateful for her experience dancing alongside her and that it is her goal to someday be as successful of a dancer as her.
In addition to The Nutcracker, Buller is also featured as a Colorado dancer in the book, Dance Across the USA by Jonathan Givens. The book not only highlights dancers across the country, but also includes National Parks.
Buller is a member of the Colorado Ballet Academy and is also very involved at Aspen Crossing Elementary where she is the Student Council president, a member of the after-school choir, and participates in Battle of the Books.