For Kathryn Carlson, the holidays are not just about family, food and gifts — they're also about dance. The 30-year-old native of Somers Point, N.J., joined the Ballet Theatre of Maryland in 2003 as an apprentice dancer after graduating from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Just one year later, Carlson was promoted to company member. Since then, she has performed roles such as Katrina in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Guinevere in "Excalibur" and the title role in "Cinderella." As Carlson begins her ninth season with BTM, you can see her dancing multiple parts including Clara, Snow Queen and Arabian in their annual performance of "The Nutcracker" this weekend. Here, she talks to b about everything from local music to her greatest inspiration.