4 Nontraditional Versions of The Nutcracker

Debbie Allen’s The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (2010) fuses ballet with tap, flamenco, hip hop and gymnastics in fantastical settings such as Candy Cane Land, Jazzland and the Land of the Kimono Dolls. The Hip Hop Nutcracker (2014) is set in New York City and...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Monica Giragosian

When Monica Giragosian received one of her first leading roles with American Repertory Ballet, director Douglas Martin reminded her of the importance of basic technique. “My second season, I had the opportunity to perform Juliet in Douglas’ original production...

'Tis the Season for The Nutcracker

The holidays are here and in the dance world, that typically means one thing: Nutcracker season! As a former bunhead, I’d be remiss not to give a shout-out to some of the Nutcracker productions we all know and love. Houston Ballet’s Jared Matthews and Karina...

This Nutcracker Is for the Dogs

Cherubs bond with Afghan hounds during a rehearsal. Every year, we hear about some eyebrow-raising twists on the classic holiday ballet, like this video, featuring BMX bikers performing—on bicycles—onstage with the Sugarplum Fairy. There are infinite ways to make...

Video of the Month: The Makings of a Winter Classic

Congratulations to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the latest Editors’ Choice winner for Dance Teacher’s Video of the Month! Founded in 1955 by Marcia Dale Weary (DT January 2004), CPYB has been staging a version of The Nutcracker for about 45 years. At this point,...

A Nutcracker for Kids on the Spectrum

Christine Schwaner and Nurlan Abougaliev in PBT’s 2012 Nutcracker For many, The Nutcracker is a hallmark of the holidays. This season Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will help more families in Western Pennsylvania take part in the tradition with an autism-friendly...

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