Seattle favorites from a star of ‘Burlesque Nutcracker’ | Local’s Guide

December 14, 2015 - Picnic Time

When she was 4 years old, dancer Tory Peil knew she wanted to be a ballerina. “I demanded that my relatives put me in ballet classes,” she said.

Even yet she was vital “off a grid” in a tiny city in Truckee, Calif., during a time, she had somehow figured out what ballet was and she wanted in. “I only motionless we was going to be a ballerina for Halloween, and we also indispensable to take classes to travel a walk.”

Now, scarcely 24 years later, she’s unequivocally walking a walk. A member of a acclaimed contemporary-dance unit Whim W’Him, Peil spent her summers off from hippie enclave Ashland, Ore., in Seattle with a Pacific Northwest Ballet, and went on to dance with a St. Louis Ballet before returning to a Pacific Northwest.

‘Land of a Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker’

Through Dec. 27 (various days and times), a Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $50-$65 (206-838-4333 or

Tall, lithe, blond and striking, Peil also does some displaying on a side. And given relocating to Seattle 8 years ago, she’s crossed genres, dancing in musical and mime shows, including Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann’s annual production, “Land of a Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker,” that runs by Dec. 27 during a Triple Door.

Now a revolutionary Seattleite, she common her favorite things about her selected city.

Where do we like to go to think?

I adore walking to Golden Gardens. But we live 10 stairs away, so we go to a north finish of Golden Gardens where there’s that dark staircase where there’s like 500 stairs that lead down to a beach and travel down to a beach with my dog.

Favorite getaway from a city?

I adore only driving, like removing in a automobile and streamer north on I-5 and only holding an exit. we do this with my beloved infrequently if we’ve packaged a good picnic, a few hours later, find ourselves in La Conner or Bellingham and we only spin around and come home.

Go-to restaurant?

I hatred to acknowledge this though we am always during Bitterroot, that is a grill place, during like 1 in a morning since they are open late and tighten to my house. we don’t consider ballerinas are ostensible to get a half shelve of ribs dual to 3 times a week. we get a Ballard Maker — whiskey and a drink of a bartenders’ choosing.

No. 1 recommendation to out-of-towners?

Go see a show. It doesn’t matter where. We have so many theaters in this town, trimming from, we competence be sitting there with 20 people to 2,000 people.

Best perspective in Seattle?

My favorite perspective is when we take a packet out to Bainbridge and spin around and come behind — it’s a packet float on a approach behind in. You can see a whole city all a approach down from Ballard down to a industrial area.

Favorite place to see a band?

The Tractor. Even when we didn’t live in Ballard, we would lorry it over here to go to a Tractor. Some nights there’d be these outrageous large names and other nights you’ll see some problematic bands that will spin into your favorite band.

How mostly do we go to a theater? Are there any other informative things we wish we did some-more of?

It’s so bad. Show people never go to shows. we wish in ubiquitous we had some-more evenings off. we was only in Europe for a month, we was going to a museum a day. And we so frequency go to museums here; we have such implausible museums that we unequivocally wish we exercised that right a small more.

How do we get to rehearsal?

If we go

Eat Drink

Bitterroot, 5239 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-588-1577, or


Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-789-3599, or


Lucky Dry Goods, 5424 Ballard Way N.W., 206- 789-8191, or

Trove Vintage Boutique, 2204 N.W. Market St., 206-297-6068, or


Golden Gardens Park, 8498 Seaview Place N.W., 206-684-4075.

Pike Place Market, First Avenue and Pike Street, 206-682-7453, or

I expostulate to Bellevue, unfortunately. The 520 is going kill me.

When did we know we were unequivocally a Seattleite?

You can’t figure out a neighborhoods when we initial pierce here. It’s unequivocally confusing. When we finally figure out what a good neighborhoods are, we consider we can contend we are a loyal Seattleite then.

Local guilty pleasure?

The salmon jerky in Pike Place Market.

What’s a biggest cliché that’s not loyal about Seattle?

That we have no conform sense. People from New York are always entrance here and observant we have terrible fashion. we think, yeah, there’s a fleeces and a sleet boots though we consider we do have a colourful conform village that’s also growing.

Favorite scenic drive?

I adore to drive. Driving along Magnolia, we don’t even know what that travel is, though out over a bluff, though it’s Magnolia with a precipice and a outrageous mansions in a background. But if we only don’t demeanour behind you, it’s an extraordinary view.

Go-to selling spots?

I adore vintage. Like crazy uncover pieces. we adore Lucky’s Vintage and Trove Vintage in Ballard. That’s where my paychecks go.

Neighborhood pet peeve?

The beards on all a men. Like, we conclude a beard. But it’s gotta be unequivocally well-taken caring of. This furious “I only cut down a tree” — unless they can indeed cut down a tree, it should not demeanour like that.

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