Ballet San Jose Gala Supports Live Music in the Theater and the Classroom

Ballet San Jose’s inaugural gala heralds the return of live music to Ballet SJ’s orchestra pit, as Symphony Silicon Valley takes its place as resident orchestra for this performance, and the entire season to follow, under the baton of recently appointed Ballet SJ music director and conductor George Daugherty.

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Baryshnikov’s Nutcracker Sparkles in New Blu-ray Version

A high-definition, Blu-ray version of 1977’s The Nutcracker starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland will be released September 25 from Kultur International Films.

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A Nutcracker With Legs

Ballet teacher Sharon Long came late to The Nutcracker. She went through childhood without dreams of Clara or visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy, an icily beautiful Snow Queen, and waltzing flowers.

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Cast of More Than 60 Shine in Peridance’s Contemporary ‘Nutcracker’

Peridance Capezio Center’s contemporary The Nutcracker, choreographed by artistic director Igal Perry, will feature a cast of more than 60 students, pre-professionals, and professional dancers.

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Take a Step Back in Time with SFB’s Online ‘Nutcracker’ Guide

The San Francisco Ballet—the first professional ballet company in America and the first in the country to perform The Nutcracker—has created an online “scrapbook” filled with vintage photographs and dancers’ fond memories of famous city spots that figure prominently in the ballet’s production.

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Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory Presents Full-Length ‘Nutcracker’

Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory Company will present its full-length production of The Nutcracker, with guest artists Alexandre Hammoudi of American Ballet Theatre and modern choreographer Margo Sappington as “Auntie” Drosselmeyer, December 3 at 5pm at Symphony Space, New York City.

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Opening Weekend of PNB’s ‘Nutcracker’ Truly a Festive Affair

Enchanting activities and seasonal fun await Pacific Northwest Ballet audiences arriving for the opening weekend of The Nutcracker.

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Petersen’s Touch Adds to the Magic of Nutmeg Conservatory’s ‘Nutcracker’

Nutmeg Conservatory students’ Nutcracker performances will shine a bit brighter this year, after receiving special coaching from Kirk Petersen, recent associate artistic director of Canada’s Alberta Ballet.

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By George—The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Celebrates 50 Years

The Washington Ballet (TWB) celebrates 50 years of bringing The Nutcracker to Washington-area audiences in the eighth presentation of Septime Webre’s The Nutcracker, December 1 through 24 at the Warner Theatre.

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Texas Studio Prepares for Annual Production of ‘The Nutcracker’

Kennedy Dance Theatre of Webster, Texas, will present its annual production of The Nutcracker on December 17 at 2 and 8pm and December 18 at 7pm at the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theatre.

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Choreography by Iraq Veteran Gives ‘Nutcracker’ a Military Flair

Ballet Theatre Company of West Hartford, Connecticut, returns to St. Joseph College this December for six performances of The Nutcracker, featuring a cast of 60-plus performers and choreography by Roman Baca, a former U.S. Marine who served in combat in Fallujah, Iraq.

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Boston Ballet Stars Imported for New Haven Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

New Haven [CT] Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Shubert Theater will feature all new choreography by artistic director Jared Redick and performances by guest artists Kathleen Breen Combes and Yury Yanowksy of Boston Ballet.

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International Slate of Dancers Shines in Florida ‘Nutcracker’

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida will present the holiday classic The Nutcracker in three venues this December: the Gusman Theater, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, and The Parker Playhouse of Fort Lauderdale.

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Boston Ballet Offers ‘Nutcracker’ at Deep Discount for Groups

Groups of 10 or more can save up to 50 percent off tickets to Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, running November 25 to 31 at Boston’s Opera House, 55 Washington Street.

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NYCB’s ‘Nutcracker’ Coming to a Movie Screen Near You

New York City Ballet’s December 13 performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will be transmitted live in high definition to more than 500 movie theaters around the country, the company told The New York Times this week.

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Familiar ‘Nutcracker’ Tale Gets Turned Upside Down in ‘Ratcracker’

Everyone knows the tale of The Nutcracker, but what would happen if the infamous rats actually won the battle against the Prince? That’s the premise of the Frequent Flyers Production of Ratcracker, a holiday show that “turns The Nutcracker on its head” and leaves it “hanging by its tail.”

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ABT ‘Nutcracker’ Production Illustrated through Online Storybook

Fans eagerly awaiting the return of Nutcracker season can whet their appetites with a sneak peek behind the scenes of American Ballet Theatre’s production through a special online storybook.

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Goh Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ Welcomes Guest Artists from ABT

The Goh Ballet Academy’s 2011 edition of The Nutcracker, featuring principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre and a live orchestra, promises to be one of the biggest productions in the company’s history, says the academy, based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Washington Philanthropist Gives Gift of Music to TWB’s ‘Nutcracker’

Adrienne Arsht, philanthropist and business leader, has made a $250,000 gift that will allow The Washington Ballet to provide live orchestral performances for the company’s 50th anniversary performances of The Nutcracker.

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New Jersey Ballet Searches for Mother Ginger’s Dancing Darlings

New Jersey Ballet will hold an audition October 17 to fill the roles of Mother Ginger’s clown children in the company’s annual production of The Nutcracker, says BroadwayWorld.com.

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Tickets On Sale for ABT’s ‘The Nutcracker’ at BAM

American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker will return to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York, for 22 performances December 14 to 31.

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Children Needed for Contemporary Version of ‘The Nutcracker’

Peridance Capezio Center in New York City will hold a children’s audition for Igal Perry’s The Nuctracker: A Contemporary Look on September 25 from 1 to 3pm.

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Melrose Youth Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ Auditions Open to Public

The Melrose Youth Ballet will hold open auditions for its 16th annual production of The Nutcracker on September 18 at Corinthian Hall, 523 Franklin Street, Melrose, Massachusetts.

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Tales of Fairies and Fun Presented in Arts Ballet Theatre Season

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida will open its season in October with the return of Harlequinade (2010), celebrate the holidays with The Nutcracker, enchant children with Fairy Doll, and wrap the season up with a Spring Gala.

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Roxey Ballet Seeks Dancers Ages 4 to 18 for ‘Nutcracker’

New Jersey’s Roxey Ballet will hold open auditions September 10 for dancers ages 4 to 18 for the company’s holiday production of The Nutcracker.

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Maple Conservatory ‘Nutcracker’ Auditions Set for August 27

The Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine, California, will hold open auditions on August 27 for its fifth production of The Nutcracker. Auditions are open to the entire community.

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Maple Youth Ballet to Offer ‘Coppélia,’ ‘Nutcracker’

Maple Youth Ballet, a pre-professional company based at Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine, California, will stage Coppélia and The Nutcracker in its 2011-2012 season.

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Buy Now to Avoid PNB’s Ticket Service Fees

Ballet lovers can avoid service fees if they purchase single tickets to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2011-2012 season before the end of July.

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Thinking Big in a Small Town

Grass Valley, California—so named when a party of men searching for cattle in the late 1840s came upon a grass valley and settled there—is a historic place.

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$20 ‘Mystery Tickets’ for OBT’s ‘Nutcracker’

Oregon Ballet Theatre is offering $20 “mystery tickets” to tonight’s performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. This marks the third year that the Portland-based company has made this offer for the ballet’s December 20 performance.

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International Ballet Brought To A Cinema Near You

Emerging Pictures presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker danced by two of the world’s leading ballet companies in cinemas across the country this month.

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EditorSpeak

Dance teachers seem to be well aware of their potential to influence their students, both as developing dancers and maturing human beings. But there’s a theory called the “butterfly effect” that might be worth thinking about in terms of teaching dance.

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Igal Perry Gives ‘Nutcracker’ a Contemporary Twist

The Nutcracker, A Contemporary Look, with choreography by Igal Perry, will be presented in three shows at the Peridance Capezio Center’s in-house theater, 126 E. 13th Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues), New York.

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Huntington Beach’s Ballet Rep Celebrates the Season in a New Home

More than 300 dancers will convey the merriment of the season as Ballet Repertory Theatre presents 15 performances of The Nutcracker, December 11 to 24, at Golden West College Mainstage Theater, 15744 Golden West Street, Huntington Beach, California.

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Anaheim Ballet Takes Its ‘Nutcracker’ on Nevada Tour

The Anaheim Ballet of Anaheim, California, will be touring Nevada in December with its version of The Nutcracker, with stops at popular resorts in Las Vegas and Laughlin.

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Over 100 Medford Dancers to Perform at Festival of Trees

More than 100 dancers from the Medford (Oregon) Civic Ballet and Dance Arts Academy will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and other holiday numbers at the annual Festival of Trees celebration, December 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Medford Armory.

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Dancers of All Ages Take to the Stage in Dance-Along ‘Nutcracker’

Sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers of all ages return once again for the ninth annual Dance-Along Nutcracker, an interactive holiday event presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Cyber Monday Deal on Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

For one day only—Cyber Monday, November 29—Pennsylvania Ballet is trimming 25 percent off online ticket purchases to Philadelphia’s beloved holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

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Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker Travels Through Time to Colonial Days

Dance Theatre in Westchester performs an abridged, narrated version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at 2:00 p.m. December 12.

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Anaheim Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ Presented at the Grove

The Anaheim Ballet of Anaheim, California, will present The Nutcracker at the Grove of Anaheim on December 5 at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m.

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Dancers from NBC and PNB Join Goh Ballet for Nutcracker

The Goh Ballet’s production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, will feature guest dancers from The National Ballet of Canada and Pacific Northwest Ballet, along with an illusionist, ballroom dancers, gymnasts, and the company’s own award-winning young dancers.

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Sarasota Students to Dance with Mentors in Nutcracker

Sarasota Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker features 80 young performers from the Sarasota Ballet School and Dance—The Next Generation, the school’s scholarship program for disadvantaged and at-risk youth. The production by former artistic director Robert de Warren will run two performances at the Sarasota Opera House in Florida on December 11.

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New Costumes, Sets, Sparkle in Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s Nutcracker

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s production of The Nutcracker, choreographed and directed by ballet master Vladimir Issaev, has scheduled performances in Miami, Aventura, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this holiday season.

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Something Old and Something New at Oregon Ballet Theatre

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s holiday season features one seasonal classic based on a familiar old tale, and one world premiere built around the holiday stories and memories of the company’s own dancers.

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Rebecca Kelly Ballet Welcomes Audiences to SoHo Studio

Audience members are invited to meet the dancers and take a behind-the-scenes look at the SoHo studio of the Rebecca Kelly Ballet during three performances of Highlights from The Nutcracker.

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George Washington Danced Here: Washington Ballet’s Patriotic Nutcracker

The Washington Ballet presents Septime Webre’s patriotic rendition of The Nutcracker, starring George Washington as the Nutcracker and King George III as the Rat King, from December 2 to 26 at the Warner Theater, Washington, DC.

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Giovanni Ravelo Returns to New Jersey’s Roxey Ballet

After a three-year absence, Giovanni Ravelo is returning to the Roxey Ballet in time to appear as the Sugar Plum Cavalier in this year’s production of The Nutcracker.

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Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker Brought to Life for Blind Patrons

A special program designed to allow blind and low-vision patrons to fully experience a performance of Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker is set for December 19 at 4 p.m.

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More Than 100 Performers Celebrate Holidays with Roxey Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Roxey Ballet Company of Lambertville, New Jersey, presents its 16th anniversary production of The Nutcracker at the College of New Jersey’s Kendall Theater in Ewing in nine performances beginning November 27.

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