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By Linda Bernstein | Toys, novelties, and great Nutcracker pictures from around the world.

New York City Ballet Introduces Its Future With a Flurry of ‘Nutcracker’ Debuts

How do you make your debut in roles as exalted as the Sugarplum Fairy and her cavalier in “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker”? And how much does a debut performance count for? The questions recurred this Christmas season at New York City Ballet when the company — investing in its future — gave …

Backstage at ‘The Nutcracker’

Thousands experience the beauty of George Balanchine’s classic ballet at Lincoln Center each year. Far fewer see what happens behind the scenes — the makeup and mouse heads — or what life is like for the dancers and workers who put on 49 performances in 38 days. Here is a sketchbook, in pictures …

Meant for the stage: Dancing with S.F. Ballet’s 'Nutcracker'

Daniel Deivison-Oliveira’s mother likes to tell a story about her son.<p>During his childhood in Brazil, when he was two or three years old, he drew a …

The Joffrey Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' playing in Chicago wins Goldstar's Nutcracker Award

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer<p>NEW YORK (AP) — The Joffrey Ballet's long-running version of "The Nutcracker" has once again won the Goldstar …

So Many Sugarplums, Past and Present

<b>Sugarplums and Cavaliers</b><p>Not only does New York City Ballet plan to present a record number of Sugarplum Fairy ballerinas this year (22) and Cavaliers (17) in “George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker,’ ” but it’s also giving audiences a bumper crop of debuts in the roles: six new Sugarplums, four new …

‘The Nutcracker’ Gives Young Dancers a Spotlight Role

It was like a Sugarplum Fairy assembly line. As soon as one pink-tutu-clad dancer finished her variation at a stage rehearsal on Monday, Peter Martins, New York City Ballet’s ballet master in chief, offered notes or pointers, smiled and called out, barber-like, “Next!”<p>Then another Sugarplum Fairy, …

Veteran dancer performs his final 'Nutcracker' for Festival Ballet Providence

After 25 years, Mindaugas Bauzys, the company's star, will hang up his ballet shoes at the end of the season.<p>Misha Djuric, the man behind Festival …

Cast of 90 to perform 'Nutcracker' ballet this weekend

Kristy Larson was a bit worried that too many “Nutcrackers” would leap into Longview this year.

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Treat yourself to Chicago Festival Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'

If you haven't seen "The Nutcracker" yet this season, what are you waiting for?<p>Here's a chance to see not only one of the most classic holiday shows ever, it's a chance to see it with a full orchestra pumping out Tchaikovsky's classic score and all of those iconic songs.<p>Von Heidecke Chicago …

Dance Review: Portland Ballet's 'Nutcracker' colorful fun for the whole family - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Every ballet company takes a slightly different approach to staging the beloved tale of “The Nutcracker,” and Portland Ballet wowed the audience this …

Review: Ballet West keeps annual 'Nutcracker' worth revisiting

The curtain rises for Ballet West’s production of “The Nutcracker” on an old-fashioned family holiday scene. But what unfolds onstage is …

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'Don't look at my feet!': Royal Ballet principal ballerina prepares for Nutcracker – video

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Photo gallery: Ballet West marks 60 years of the 'Nutcracker'

A dancer warms up during a performance of Ballet West's “The Nutcracker” at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City on Thursday. …

Joffrey Ballet presents exquisite 'Nutcracker'

For the past 28 years, The Joffrey Ballet has been presenting its glorious and elegant rendition of "The Nutcracker."<p>This production, which stars …

American Ballet Theatre's new 'Nutcracker' makes an old tradition feel young

Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has made his own Christmas miracle: a joyful “Nutcracker” ballet that is ravishing and clever enough to inspire multiple viewings. Cynical adults who feel dragged to holiday entertainment may love it even more passionately than their children will. Lucky us — it is to …

ARTS: Review of Tulsa Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'

I think it’s safe to say that, 13 years after its debut, Tulsa Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is finally in its finished form.<p>Artistic director Marcello …

Review: Texas Ballet Theater’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Usually, productions of the seasonal ballet favorite <i>The Nutcracker</i> fall into two categories: good and very good. The piece is so well known, and so …

S.B. Festival Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

The classic holiday performance has taken to the stage each December for the past 41 years.

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Ballet San Antonio’s ‘Nutcracker’ a traditional treat

By Jasmina Wellinghoff For the Express-News Ballet San Antonio founder Mayra Worthen knows that a beloved holiday classic such as “The Nutcracker” is …

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Sewell Ballet revival of Dolls' 'Nutcracker' is fierce, fabulous

The Cowles Center is the site of this year’s Christmas miracle for the Twin Cities dance scene. Myron Johnson’s “Nutcracker (not so) Suite” is back. …

The Washington Ballet’s bro-friendly ‘Nutcracker’

<i>Beer-ri-ta-tion,</i> noun: The state of feeling annoyed when latecomers to “The Nutcracker” squeeze past your knees to get to their seats, carrying shopping bags from the concession stands and full cups of suds.<p>Hoping the drinks don’t slosh on your dry-cleanables takes you out of the ballet, for sure. …

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Ballet Nebraska delivers timeless, classic ‘Nutcracker’

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Ballet West 'Sugar Plum Fairy' helping to bust ballet stereotypes

Dancing the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy is always a special role in Ballet West’s classic annual production of “The Nutcracker” by Willam …

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At Eastern Connecticut Ballet School, a Link to Balanchine’s ‘Nutcracker’

In a sunlit dance studio on a recent Saturday, Gloria Govrin, draped in black clothes and wearing soft leather shoes that made her appear barefoot, gracefully demonstrated a dance sequence to a young ballerina. They were the steps that marked the entrance of Coffee, the slinky, Arabian dance …

A bevy of local 'Nutcracker' productions to delight fans of holiday ballet classic

For generations, The Nutcracker Ballet -- with its tale of a young girl and her nutcracker-turned-prince -- has delighted young and old alike with …

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Dance review: Maine State Ballet's dazzling 'Nutcracker' combines grace with pageantry - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

“The Nutcracker” signals the start of the Christmas holiday season all over the world. Here in Portland, it arrived on Saturday with the Maine State …

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North Las Vegas ballet theater to welcome holidays with 'The Nutcracker'

Boston Ballet’s dazzling, dreamy ‘Nutcracker’

Greater Boston is rich in productions of “The Nutcracker,” from school and studio showcases to professional presentations. The granddaddy of them all …

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