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Monday, December 30

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A look behind the scenes at the world of shoes at New York City Ballet. Photo gallery.

The nerve center of City Ballet’s shoe operation is a room in the basement of the Koch Theater, where rows upon rows of gray metal shelves are stuffed with hundreds of new shoes still in their plastic bags. It is the domain of Dara Faust, the company’s ballet shoe supervisor, who helps dancers find the right pair for their feet.

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The Maryland Youth Ballet tries a different method of fundraising.

The Maryland Youth Ballet, a non-profit arts institution that provides pre-professional dance training to more than 900 children and 700 adults, has lost more than $10,000 in revenue in recent weeks because of performance and class cancellations from early winter storms. Hoping to generate a surge of publicity that will translate into a surge of gift-giving, it has invited three dignitaries who have shown support for the organization to participate in its 2013 performances of "The Nutcracker."

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An interview with Katherine Burkwall-Ciscon, pianist for Houston Ballet.

The Chicago native was named Principal Pianist for the Houston Ballet in 1995 and as such rehearses and performs with the troupe, balancing the needs and wants of the composer, the conductor, the choreographer and the dancers.

"It's a juggling act," she tells us. "The overriding concern for me as a collaborative artist is making sure I give the dancers what they need, to adapt. As a musician, I have a very wide variety of tempi that I can play. The dancers, because they're affected by gravity pulling them down, have a much more limited choice.

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A review of Alberta Ballet's Nutcracker by Janet Smith for Straight.com.

As for the dance itself, choreographed by Edmund Stripe, it is fairly traditional, but exquisitely executed by the company—and by countless local children as partygoers. It's fascinating to watch many of the same Alberta Ballet dancers who twisted and cavorted in works like the Elton John-set Love Lies Bleeding and Sarah McLachlan-inspired Fumbling Towards Ecstasy showing their considerable classical chops here. Highlights include the Sugar Plum Fairy (at this matinee danced by charismatic, Vancouver-raised Nicole Caron), pulling off an effortless barrage of fouettes and turning like a music-box ballerina, and her prince Kelley McKinlay, nailing his scissor jumps and leggy leaps in the air....

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