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Saturday, December 7

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Point Park Conservatory Dance Company honors Nicolas Petrov with performances of "Romeo and Juliet."

In 1969, he became choreographer for Pittsburgh Opera. At the same time, he was trying to establish a dance company and accepted offers to perform at festivals and anywhere else he could get exposure.

The crucial step to the establishment of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre occurred when Petrov met Lotti Falk, and she agreed to be on his board of directors. He says she talked with her husband and friends to create a budget for the new company.

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The Geyer Performing Arts Center presents its Nutcracker.

“The attendance has been consistently good for the past two years, and we're anticipating another good year this year,” Tunney said. “We're making it an annual tradition because it provides an opportunity for a lot of kids who only dance, and many of those who participate in the ‘Nutcracker' are only in that show. However, it is also a show with many of our regulars.”

The ballet was started when the theater acquired a grant that was used specifically to fund costuming and sets for the performance.


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Veterans of Louisville Ballet's Nutcracker share their memories on the occasion of the company's 50th anniversary production.

Fernand Nault, who was then the artistic director for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, was the only person who was paid. He had been ballet master with American Ballet Theatre. The first “Nutcracker” was his choreography. He was very good with children, and his first act had many children. He worked with them and had them always reacting to the choreography of the main action. He could pick the right child for the right part at the right time.

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Behind the scenes at Milwaukee Ballet's Nutcracker.

Last year's "Nutcracker" consumed 107 pairs of pointe shoes. As to tights, Allenstein murmured, "There are so many tights, just so many."

There are 120 pairs of tights in each performance, but multiple casts, and the fact that brushing up against a piece of scenery can destroy tights, mean Allenstein has a veritable storehouse of tights waiting in the wings.


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A review of Ballet West's Nutcracker by Kathy Adams in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Act II was equally impressive. Soloist Beckanne Sisk and principal Christopher Ruud danced the Waltz of the Flowers pas de deux with flair, making difficult lifts, turns and balances look absolutely carefree. Each of these dancers takes ownership of the choreography while flirtatiously relating to one another.

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Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico offers its Nutcracker audience something new this year.

“I love going to the Botanic Garden, and last summer seeing all the dragonflies and the lily pads there I got inspired to do a completely new ‘Waltz of the Flowers,’” said Giese, the choreographer of the production and the executive/artistic director of Albuquerque-based ballet company.

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Montgomery Ballet presents its Nutcracker.

On Monday, take advantage of an online-only half-price special for tickets to “The Nutcracker.” Use promotion code “HALF OFF” to receive tickets at the discounted price on www.etix.com. Tickets also can be purchased by calling the Montgomery Ballet at 409-0522. After the matinee performances, the ballet will host “Sugar Plum Fairy Parties.” Children will be invited on stage to meet and take pictures with the “Nutcracker” characters and receive a “Land of the Sweets” treat bag. Tickets for the “Sugar Plum Fairy Party” are $10.

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A review of the Greater Niagara Ballet Company's 36th annual Nutcracker by Steve Sucato in The Buffalo News.

Choreographed by ballet company founder and artistic director Beverley Feder and danced to a recording of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s score, the community production held few surprises as “Nutcracker” productions go.....

Feder’s choreography for the scene, as with the rest of the production, was fairly simple and academic but in keeping with the skill level of the mostly volunteer and student cast.

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