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.
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.
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.
Daria Foner spent a year in Oslo as a member of the corps de ballet of Norwegian National Ballet, after training at the School of American Ballet. This portion of a letter describing her impressions of the company’s Nutcracker was sent to friends and family in winter 2006.