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Posted 30 November 2013 - 12:08 PM

Former Ballet West dancers share Nutcracker memories.

 

McFall came to the attention of Christensen, known as Mr. C, when she started taking ballet technique classes in his Sugar House studio and became his teaching assistant at age 12.

"He was like a second father to me," she says. "I learned so much from him about discipline and the etiquette of the theater. If anyone was two minutes late for class, they weren’t allowed to enter, and the rest of my life I’ve been 15 minutes early for everything."

 

 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 12:13 PM

A story on new research that suggests ballet dancers can benefit from vitamin D supplements.

 

The study, published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, was conducted through a collaboration between researchers at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), the University of Wolverhampton and dancers at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

 

 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 12:15 PM

A Houston Ballet Nutcracker photo gallery.



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 12:16 PM

A Mohawk Valley Ballet Nut photo gallery.

 

The Mohawk Valley Ballet is in its 40th season, and for the 38th year, it will present "The Nutcracker," on Saturday, Dec. 7th at 7:30p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8th at 2p.m. Delia Foley, founding artistic director for the Mohawk Valley Ballet said, “I started this for all the children in the community to be in; all they had to do was audition for it."

 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:01 PM

A preview of New York Theatre Ballet's Nutcracker by Carla Escoda in The Huffington Post.

 

Whether the company will survive past this season is anyone's guess, however. The tornado of urban renewal recently swept up the historic building that has housed NYTB's studios and offices for over 30 years; its sale by the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, and impending demolition and redevelopment will shortly force New York Theatre Ballet onto the streets.

 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:03 PM

The Chinese dance in Ballet West's Nutcracker gets a makeover.

 

Christensen traced his performing roots to the vaudeville stage, where exaggerated ethnic portrayals were commonplace. By today’s standards, however, the variation may be perceived as playing on racial stereotypes common in the 1950s era. Although Ballet West isn’t citing any official reason for the change, speculation swirls.

 

 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:05 PM

An interview with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre costumier Janet Groom Campbell.

 

“What kind of Divertissements do we want? How many clowns do we need? What kind of people are coming to the party? We wanted to set it in Pittsburgh to make it interesting,” he says. “We wanted to take it back in time, but also to have a fresh look.”

Most of the costumes were made in-house by Campbell and her staff, including dozens for the Waltz of the Flowers, and the Waltz of the Snowflakes. Some had to be sent out. The ballet doesn't have the sewing machines for certain material, such as for the rats' costumes. Nor does it have a shop to create the Nutcracker's headpiece.

 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:06 PM

A preview of Carolina Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker.

 

This year CBT is setting the ever-popular “Nutcracker” ballet right in Greenville, with backdrops of recognizable local landmarks such as the Liberty Bridge in Falls Park.

 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:11 PM

A preview of the Royal Danish Ballet's Nutcracker by Victoria Steffensen in The Copenhagen Post.

 

As with most ballets, the lead dancers are different for each performance. Of course, you are ensured fantastic dancers every time, and The Nutcracker will be no disappointment in this respect. Roughly a third of the Royal Ballet’s troupe are dancers from foreign shores, and they will be well-represented over the run, For example, while the opening night will see Gudrun Bojesen, a Danish lass, play the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Ulrik Birkkjær, also a Dane, take on the role of the Cavalie (Prince), the next day will see an American, Amy Watson, dancing the part of the Fairy, and Gregory Dean, a Brit, pas de chat-ing in the part of the Prince. 

 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:13 PM

Scottish Ballet plans a revivial of Peter Darrell's Nutcracker next year.

 

"I knew, when I became artistic director here," says Christopher Hampson, "that I wanted to have something by the company founder, Peter Darrell, right at the heart of our repertoire. We're having it redesigned by Lez Brotherston, but it will keep the rich period feel of the original.

"We're asking people to get in touch if they were in any version of Peter's Nutcracker - especially if, like Michael Clark, they were one of the children....."

 



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Posted 30 November 2013 - 10:44 PM

A preview of Scottish Ballet's new "Hansel and Gretel."

 

A transformation of sorts has also been taking place in terms of the music. "It's the Humperdinck opera," says Hampson. "Well, maybe 80% of it, and definitely not in the order that you probably know. Richard Honner, our principal conductor, has done a brilliant job of making a dance score by pulling in bits of other works, moving the Humperdinck music around so as it follows our story - which is quite different to the one in the opera.

"It's a totally new music arrangement, specifically created for a new ballet. And it's very much a first, because no-one else has ever done Hansel And Gretel professionally before...."

 


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 05:39 PM

A listing of Southern California Nutcrackers.

 

Laguna Ballet performs with current and former members of New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

 

 



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 05:40 PM

A preview of the Siouxland Civic Dance Association's Nutcracker.

 

Since then, Siouxland Civic Dance Association has staged the ballet every few years. This year's production will feature Paul Craig and Sylvia Denton of the Boston Ballet.

 



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Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:35 AM

A preview of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker by Sara Bauknecht in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

 

PBT worked with a focus group to help identify the elements of the show in need of tweaking to make "The Nutcracker" more accessible. Training also was provided for dancers, staff and ushers so they could learn what to expect and how to make the experience a positive one for those with special needs, many of whom have likely never been to a theater before. To help ease anxiety of the unknown, ticket-holders will receive in advance a guide familiarizing them with "The Nutcracker" and the layout of the Benedum Center. They'll also be invited to visit the theater during a "meet your seat" event.

 

 




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