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Miami City Ballet holds its final Nutcracker dress rehearsal in front of an audience of elementary scholl students.

The event was part of the Student Enrichment in the Arts program run by the Broward school district in partnership with the Broward performing center partner.

Sharon Brooks, the center's director of education, said such shows help educate students. "You're seeing something beautiful, and the arts are moving, but there are connections being made in the classroom to German history, literature, geography," she said.

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The Grand Rapids Ballet Company's Nutcracker opens this weekend.

Tonight, Laura McQueen Schultz and Nicholas Schultz, husband and wife, who both grew up in the School of Grand Rapids Ballet, will take the stage as Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince.

In a last-minute substitution, Dawnell Dryja will dance tonight with Stephen Sanford as Snow Queen and Wind King. Dryja steps in for Yuka Oba who is ill.

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The New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet presents its Nutcracker.

Guest performer Matt Varvar and partner Alexandra Dresser join the company this year to dance the Arabian Dolls and Parents. Varvar performs with MM2, a modern dance company in the Philadelphia area. Guest artists Kirk Henning and Elisabeth Holowchuk Sollog, from the Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Washington, D.C., will dance the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy, Cavalier and Godfather Drosselmeyer.

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Reviews of the English National Ballet's Nutcracker.

The Evening Standard

Rojo has promised to bring in progressive new work but she’ll still have to programme bums-on-seats shows such as The Nutcracker. This one was created by Rojo’s predecessor Wayne Eagling and it’s an elegant, if muted, production, with Edwardian-inspired designs by Peter Farmer in a palette of sepia, burnished bronze and gunmetal grey.

Metro

The opening is enchanting, with the Stahlbaum family preparing for their party and skaters playing on a frozen Thames. Peter Farmer’s designs imbue a high Edwardian nostalgia, only slightly undermined by some clattering set changes.

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A review of Montgomery Ballet by Vira Salzburn in The Montgomery Advertiser.

The vision of a choreographer and artistic director Darren Macintyre, who drew his inspiration from Rudolf Nureyev’s version of the “Nutcracker,” has brought a new dimension to the entire show. The amazing cast not only managed to create an admirable spectacle, but it enriched the atmosphere of the Davis Theatre with magic and bliss.

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A preview of Northern Ballet's Nutcracker.

Explaining why he chose Regency England for the story’s setting, David [Nixon] says: “The contrast of the period’s beautiful yet pale clothing with the bright and exotic elements of Orientalism – a fad at the time, hence the bright pavilion – creates clear lines between reality and dream.”

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Chuck Lorre of "The Big Bang Theory" offers up a ballet-themed holiday card.

In the shot, Lorre is seen wearing a leotard, tights, form-fitting dance shorts, and leg warmers as he flies into the air above a pack of seven ballet dancers. The text reads, "I danced as if no one was watching... and now I regret it."

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