My Dancin’ Son Get’s His Television Debut

Julian Lacey performingIt’s rare these days for me to be able to “show” you Julian dancing in Germany. However, recently he was chosen as the lead in a short, new piece to be aired on national German television. During the filming, some “unofficial” photos were taken that I was given permission to use.

I suppose I could say this was his first time on television, but actually last year he performed in the Holiday Ball, which was aired on Germany television as well. This role and this piece feature him, though, making it more of a debut, I’d say.

IMG_36The piece, which is about three minutes long, was choreographed by principal dancer Raphaël Coumes-Marquet’s, specifically for the New Year’s Concert and filmed on November 19th, 2013, at the luxurious and impressive ballroom of Hotel Dormero in Dresden. Twenty of the SemperOper ballerinas and four of the male dancers were included in the choreography. Raphaël selected Julian and Gina Scott, a coryphée, as the leads. Rehearsals for the dancers started on October 28th, 2013.

IMG_46The piece is about a journalist. He enters a room, sees all the beautiful girls and falls in love with one of them. He dances with her, she kisses him and he falls off the stage, only to find himself seated in the same chair he sat in when  he first entered the room. Maybe it was all a dream?

IMG_19This piece will air on New Year’s Eve as part of Silvesterconcert produced by ZDF, a German television station. You can get the link to watch there, hopefully—or I will post it once I have it. Typically, the SemperOper piece runs between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.

Enjoy the photos, which were all taken by SemperOper Ballett’s official photographer, Ian Whalen, who is also a former member of the company. I hope you get to see the streaming video on December 31.








All photos courtesy of Ian Whalen.


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  1. Jane Ozeri says

    Wow, so excited for you – what nachat! So good to see that he is progressing. Gives us hope for the rest of us parents of dancing sons!
    I hope I will be able to see the link from my country

  2. Nina says

    It should be available from anywhere. Check that site on New Year’s Eve Germany time. I’ll post the link when I find it, though.

  3. says

    The cycle has returned! We have more boys at the studio again. I’ve got a few who show some serious potential. Granted, they’re a bit older than when I first met Julian, but I’ve already had some of the same conversations with their parents that you and I did so many years ago. It’s interesting to see this happen again and I’m so very excited to see where they go.

    One of the dads (yes, a DAD), found your blog after he enrolled his son in my class this year and soon multiplied his curriculum hours after reading my article from a while back.

    Thanks so much for keeping us in the loop with what’s happening with Julian. It’s doing bigger things than you know!

  4. Nina says


    That’s what keeps me blogging even though Julian is on his way. Thanks for keeping me in the loop fro your end, too.

    Keep up the great work!



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