Jacob Hernandez

“Back in my home studio in New Mexico, I saw a performance of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ by a friend, and ever since then I wanted to dance,” said Jacob Hernandez, one of the “Chinese dancers” playing the role of Tea in Land of Sweets. “This is my first Nutcracker,” he said. “Everything is really new.” (Xiaoyi Liu/MEDILL)

“Back in my home studio in New Mexico, I saw a performance of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ [danced] by a friend, and ever since then I wanted to dance,” said Jacob Hernandez, one of the “Chinese dancers” playing the role of Tea in Land of Sweets. “This is my first Nutcracker,” said the Ballet Chicago dancer. “Everything is really new.” (Xiaoyi Liu/MEDILL)

“Back in my home studio in New Mexico, I saw a performance of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ by a friend, and ever since then I wanted to dance,” said Jacob Hernandez, one of the “Chinese dancers” playing the role of Tea in Land of Sweets. “This is my first Nutcracker,” he said. “Everything is really new.” (Xiaoyi Liu/MEDILL)