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Wednesday, December 4

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In response to public demand, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center will put tickets for next year's Bolshoi Ballet performances on sale early.

Strong interest from patrons wishing to give the tickets as holiday gifts led to the early on-sale, one of the few times in SPAC's history that the venue has made tickets available before the New Year.

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Members of SPAC’s Board also approved a $9.2 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year and confirmed earlier projections that SPAC will finish 2013 by operationally breaking even.

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A story on Alexa Maxwell, new recruit to the New York City Ballet corps.

After “The Nutcracker” Maxwell will prepare for NYCB’s 2014 winter season by learning the “Diamonds” section of Balanchine’s “Jewels” among other signature repertory works. And while Maxwell is thrilled with her new role in the corps she still has goals, including one day ascending to the level of soloist or even principal dancer. But in the meantime, she said, “I’m just going to keep working hard. I’m so happy to be here and I’m feeling very grateful.”

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Interviews with the children playing Fritz, Clara, and the Prince in New York City Ballet's Nutcracker by Terry Trucco for Playbill.

Like many young girls, Claire Simon, an 11-year-old Manhattan sixth grader, dreamed of what it would be like to be Marie in The Nutcracker. “I always wanted to go up in the sleigh with the reindeer,” she says. After dancing in the party scene for two years, she got her wish this year. Her selection came as a surprise. “At the casting a boy from a higher level at SAB came to get me, and I thought I was in trouble,” she recalls. Instead Dena Abergel, NYCB Children’s Ballet Mistress, greeted her with the good news....

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A preview of Alabama Youth Ballet's Nutcracker by Michael Huebner in The Birmingham News.

Founded by Deborah and Stevan Grebel, Alabama Youth Ballet has been presenting “The Nutcracker” in various forms since 2004. Based in Pelham, its dancers are mostly AYB and Stevan Grebel Center for Dance students, but its community cast members come from several surrounding cities, and each year Mother Ginger is played by a Pelham city employee, including mayors, police chiefs and other officials. This year, Councilman Ron Scott takes the role

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Nicolas Petrov retires from the Point Park University dance program and is honored with a performance of Romeo and Juliet.

When Nicolas Petrov assumed the directorship of the Pittsburgh Playhouse's ballet school, in 1967, no one could have foreseen that within a few years, the Yugoslavian-born dancer and choreographer would forever alter the Pittsburgh dance landscape by founding two of its major institutions: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Point Park University's renowned dance department.

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Patricia Wilde is one of the recipients of the 2013 Dance Magazine awards.

As PBT's artistic director from 1982 to 1997, Wilde brought her signature Balanchine technique to the company, developed a distinctive repertoire of classics and new works and greatly expanded Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. During her tenure, Wilde introduced many Balanchine classics to the PBT repertoire and commissioned new works from rising choreographers.



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A CNN interview with Sergei Filin.

Filin does not believe that different actions on his part might have resulted in a different outcome.

"Those accusations that we have heard have not been underpinned by any evidence," he said. "They are all lies aimed at lessening the degree of guilt or punishment for this crime."

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A review of the Royal Ballet's Nutcracker by Hanna Weibye for The Arts Desk.

The Sugar Plum Fairy, Laura Morera (pictured below), is a very different dancer to Hayward. Significantly older as well as more senior, Morera has a short, powerful build that harks back to the aesthetic of mid-twentieth century British ballet (think Alicia Markova) and contrasts sharply with the slender, leggy look of most contemporary ballet school graduates. Dancing the fantastic final pas de deux in the grand classical style, Morera uses her superbly expressive arms, hands and head to show that tiny movements of the wrist or neck can dominate the stage as completely as any number of “six o’clock” arabesques.

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A review of the Birmingham Royal Ballet's Nutcracker by Beth Baker-Wyse for The National Student.

An indulgence for the eyes, John Macfarlane’s designs have become almost as iconic as Tchaikovsky’s musical score. From curtain up we are taken straight to the heart of a sumptuous Victorian family celebration, where the world of chiffon, silk, high ceilings and even higher Christmas trees hypnotise us into believing that a life-size rat could definitely be killed with a pointe shoe.

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The New National Theater Tokyo presents a new program, "Second Steps."

As the NNTT’s Artistic Director David Bintley — a former resident choreographer with the Royal Ballet who is also artistic director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet — explained, “It is tremendous that ‘Second Steps’ has sold out. It is exciting for the company and the theater, as there are definitely some dancers here with real choreographic talent.

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Benjamin Millepied joins the production company Rattling Stick.

He [Millepied] co-founded The Amoveo Company with composer and producer Nicholas Britell in 2012. Amoveo will work with Rattling Stick's content and entertainment division Rattling Stuff to work on commercial briefs and develop content and entertainment productions.

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