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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:28 PM

An opinion piece on the meaning of "The Nutcracker" by Charles Hurt in The Washington Times.

 

But then the familiar plucking sounds of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music brought the stage to life and what followed was a purely pro-American, adamantly heterosexual, profoundly Christian celebration of Christmas. It is a wonder The Nutcracker has not been banned.

 

It is, unarguably, the “Duck Dynasty” of ballet.

 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:36 PM

The Nutmeg Ballet celebrates the holiday season.

 

With awards in hand and a renewed sense of wonder that the season inspires, The Nutmeg crew headed over to the historic church now known as Studio 59 where a volunteer appreciation reception was being graciously hosted by Susan Szabo, Children’s Ballet Mistress.

Szabo wanted to do something special for the many volunteers who have worked so diligently throughout the year and it is no exaggeration to say that what she created was quite magical.

 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:37 PM

A TV news feature on Boston Ballet's Nutcracker. Video.

 

For the first time, NECN gets a sneak peak backstage to see how the children in the show get ready.

 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:39 PM

New York City Ballet dancers will pay a visit to the New York Stock Exchange.

 

In honor of the occasion, NYCB Principal Dancers, Sara Mearns as the Sugarplum Fairy and Zachary Catazaro as her Cavalier, along with fellow cast members, will ring the NYSE Opening Bell. 

 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:41 PM

A television news story on Cuban dancer Josue Justiz. Video.

 

After defecting from Cuba to the U.S., 21-year-old Josue Justiz has become the Washington Ballet’s newest rising star after he was discovered at a dance competition. Margaret Brennan reports.

 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:44 PM

A review of the Royal Opera House production of "The Wind in the Willows" by Roslyn Sulcas in The New York Times.

 

Mr. Tuckett’s staging, with its dexterous interweaving of text, music and action, moves smoothly from riverbank to woods to jail and, eventually, to Toad Hall, where the friends successfully battle the stoats and weasels who have taken over Toad’s grand family home. There is, at points, ingenious choreography, particularly in the final battle scene and in a scene that boasts Mr. Wardrop in drag as the jailer’s daughter who frees Toad from prison (a nod to the fine British tradition of the pantomime dame). Here, long tables become ramps on which the weasels (Teddy Boys in drainpipe jeans and big hair) assemble in formation: a Highland fling and sword fighting à la “Romeo and Juliet” are somehow incorporated into the hilarious action.

 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:49 PM

A "Nutscracker" video.

 

These days, she [Simone Bruyère Fraser] also does commercial, TV, film, and print work as well as dance, but says her “true commitment is trying to do some good in this world and help people to ‘respect the dance’,” adding, “Ballerinas need respect!”

 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 10:52 PM

A pic of Brittany Reid sporting a T-shirt advertising the name of a local sports franchise in Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Nutty Nutcracker."

 

PNB's nutty version always happens on Christmas Eve. It's the 30th anniversary season of the company's "Nutcracker" and tickets are still available for the non-goof version.

 



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Posted 24 December 2013 - 11:07 PM

A piece that includes a link to a video interview with Jessica Collado of Houston Ballet.

 

Jessica also gives many personal observations about what it is like to be a ballet dancer; including her daily, weekly, and performance schedule routines; her physical training regimen and diet; how assignment schedules are determined; and how choreography is notated, taught, and passed along to successive companies.

 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:42 PM

More photos from "The Nutty Nutcracker."

 

One of the characters pops a can of silly-string during the party scene of the "Nutty Nutcracker."

 

 



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:52 PM

The winner of the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is announced.

 

The Debbie Allen Dance Academy's show, "The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker," which opened earlier this month in Los Angeles, beat out nearly 60 other productions of "The Nutcracker."

 



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Posted 27 December 2013 - 09:53 PM

Darcey Bussell's maternal great-grandfather died on the Titanic.

 

He was the chief steward of Third Class, and is believed to have died on board the ship as it went down.

 

His connection to Bussell has now been revealed by family history website Ancestry.co.uk, which has undertaken a new project to examine the background of the Strictly Come Dancing judges.

 




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