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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:08 AM

Ballet Continental of southern Arizona presents its Nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky's music and choreography adds an element of sheer enjoyment, magic and beauty to the stage, DiGiacomo says. Ballet Continental's dance troupe is made up of area dancers, including many from Santa Cruz County, Green Valley and Sahuarita, who will be featured in this Christmas show.

This year's Clara will be danced by Julia Bacchus and Jillian Linares. The dashing prince will be performed by guest artist Anthony Vincenti. Principal dancers Brittani Johnson and Andrea Pardi will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, along with Snow Queen and other leads.



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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:25 AM

The Regina Symphony Orchestra presents its Mini Nutcracker.

Joining the RSO on stage during The Nutcracker will be the Youth Ballet and Contemporary Dance of Saskatchewan troupe, which is a pre-professional company under the artistic direction of Richard Zimich.

“They have a really good group there,” the conductor exclaims, discussing the ballet aspect of the show. “I was recently saying that if we had a prima ballerina and a lead male we could stage the entire Nutcracker if we wanted to. They’re such a strong dance company....



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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:28 AM

Media management advice for New York City Ballet, proffered by Kristin Sloan in The Huffington Post.

In my opinion, until NYCB commits to shifting both their operational and artistic focus from live ballet performances for audiences in a physical theater, to creating and providing the world with the best ballet experiences particular to NYCB's aesthetic and standards -- no matter where, how, or through what channel -- they will struggle to have a future, digital or otherwise. A strategic plan and vision for how the company, and its artists, can exist and succeed in these new media must be developed and executed as an integral component of the company's artistic programming, not as an afterthought. Without a plan and a commitment to take these new opportunities as seriously as the artists take their work, I'd imagine any kind of discussions around logistics and compensation are likely to stall.



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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:30 AM

A collection of works by Alexandre Benois sells out at Sotheby's.

­The London sale received “golden gavel” status, also known as a “white-glove” auction, meaning that every lot on show found a buyer.

Part of a private collection, the rich selection featured 127 works embracing Benois’ entire career.



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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:32 AM

A preview of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Nutcracker listings by Sid Smith in The Chicago Tribune.

There's also Ballet Chicago Dec. 10-18 at the Athenaeum Theatre; the Moscow Ballet Dec. 10 at the Rosemont Theatre; and the Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet Dec. 16-18 at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn.



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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:33 AM

The denizens of Boston Ballet are pleased with their new digs.

Part of that link will be achieved through the addition of bleacher seats in the Boston Ballet’s largest studio, which will give the space the ability to be transformed into a black box theater to be utilized by the company and students, but also the community as a whole.

For company dancer and teacher Sarah Wroth, the renovations have contributed to a subtle change in the artistic atmosphere at the Boston Ballet.



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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:40 AM

The All American Classical Ballet School presents its third Nutcracker.

The school focuses on one production a year. The main production is either "The Nutcracker" or a spring recital. Terri Howell opened the All American Dance Factory 16 years ago, and then decided she wanted to offer classical ballet and opened All American Classical Ballet School, 13155 N. Dale Mabry Highway, five years ago.

Montano and Durand started teaching ballet at the school when it opened in Carrollwood. Montano, 38, started dancing ballet in Cuba at age 8. When he graduated high school he started dancing for La Escuela Nacional de Cuba. Then when he was 20, he moved to Peru and continued dancing at Ballet Nacional de Peru. This is when Montano started teaching and around the time he also met Durand.



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Posted 30 November 2011 - 11:42 AM

A review of Houston Ballet by David Dow Bentley III for Your Houston News.

No wonder that choreographer Ben Stevenson's production has been seen by over a million people since its premiere 24 years ago. It is absolutely gorgeous to look at from beginning to end, the dancing is sublime, and the Tchaikovsky music has never sounded better than with the superb Houston Ballet Orchestra. A half dozen conductors will alternate in leading that orchestra, and with a full month of performances extending through December 27th, audiences will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of the ballet company's finest dancers as they share opportunities to perform the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker Prince, the Snow Queen, Dr. Drosselmeyer, and, of course, Clara.



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Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:06 PM

Orange County Ballet Theatre presents its forty-fourth Nutcracker.

Joining McKenzie on stage is Ivan Robles, a 16 year old junior at Wallkill Senior High School. Ivan began dancing at age six at Powers Dance Art Center. He currently takes classes at the Darlene Wilson Institute of Dance. Over the past 10 years, Ivan has taken classes in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. Ivan is a senior member of the Orange County Ballet Theatre, where he has performed in the "The Nutcracker" for the past 10 years. He has had the roles of Fritz, the naughty bon-bon, Chinese and has performed the role of "The Nutcracker" four years. He aspires to continue his education at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and become a Broadway star.



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Posted 01 December 2011 - 04:38 PM

Pennsylvania Ballet brings its Nutcracker to Ottawa.

The company has faithfully danced Nutcracker in Philly for the past 43 years, and Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says it rarely takes the show on the road.

“We’re just in Ottawa for the week, then we have our regular run in Philly from Dec. 10 to the end of the month,” Kaiser says. “It was really just a stroke of luck that the dates worked out so well.”




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