Behind Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker” – Spotlight on Valerie Lee Ow of J. Miller Flowers

Oakland Ballet Company is pleased to bring you: “Behind Graham Lustig’s ‘The Nutcracker’” as part of our “Behind Oakland Ballet” blog.  Throughout December, we will be posting interviews with professional dancers, staff, volunteers, and superfans!  Make sure to check out these fun, behind-the-scenes features and learn why Oakland Ballet Company is so loved by our community.  

flowersJ. Miller Flowers is a full-service floral company and have been located in Oakland for over 60 years.  They create distinctive flower arrangements, European bouquets, English garden baskets, exotic tropical displays and high-style arrangements for every occasion.  Valerie Lee Ow shares with us her experience of partnering with Oakland Ballet Company to provide our flowers.

How did you originally get involved with Oakland Ballet Company?
We grew up in the Bay Area and have attended the Ballet for over 30 years. I originally became involved through my parents who were long time supporters of the Oakland Ballet and Oakland Symphony.

How long have you provided the flowers for OBC’s Nutcracker production?
We take great pride in the fact that we have been designing and supporting the Oakland Ballet for over 35 years.

Why is OBC important to Oakland?
OBC is important to Oakland because it gives the community an appreciation of the arts, and a magnificent way for men , women and children to express themselves.

What is your favorite OBC ballet you have seen?
Without a doubt the Nutcracker has been a favorite for as long as can remember.  I attended as a young child, brought my children – who are now college students, and now they attend with their
friends.  Three generations of my family have enjoyed the Oakland Ballet at the Paramount Theatre. I look forward to designing the fresh flower bouquets that are presented at the end of each performance.  I take great pride in my work and knowing that they enhance my favorite holiday show.

Do you have any tips for ordering flowers for dancers during Nutcracker season – a favorite bouquet that you like to recommend to customers?
You may call and order flowers directly from us on Piedmont Ave in Oakland.  We are a family owned business celebrating our 44th year in business this year.  Additionally we offer balloons, plush animals  and chocolate for your favorite ballerinas and dancers.  You can pick up on Piedmont Ave or have it delivered directly to the Paramount  Theatre. 510-658-0613 or www.jmillerflowers.com

To see the J. Miller Flower arrangements that our ballerinas receive for Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker”, get your tickets here.

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