The Sci-Fi Origins of the Nutcracker’s Snow Scene and Other Fun Facts

A Trip To The Moon Snow Ballet - Victoria and Albert Museum

What’s the connection between The Nutcracker and Jules Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon?” Here’s a hint: the Snow Scene has a rich history that may surprise you. Discover some fascinating trivia in this guest contribution.

Congratulations Top Dance Blogs of 2013!

Top Dance Blog 2013

You voted and ranked the Top 20 Dance Blogs of 2013, and chose your favorites in each category. Nearly 3000 votes were counted. See who won and congratulate all the participants.

Dance Bloggers Share Their Best Of

School House Rock - Counting Fives

Nine dance bloggers share over 40 posts on a variety of subjects. Though very different, what these articles have in common is their position among the ‘top 5′, as chosen by the bloggers themselves.

Stretch Hands-Free, Improve Flexibility And Turnout

Dancers demonstrate some Balletband exercises surrounded by holiday lights

Strengthen arabesque, work your turnout, and stretch hands-free when you win a Balletband. It’s a favorite flexibility tool among aspiring and professional dancers, alike!

Digital Dance Books For Smart And Healthy Dancing

Cover of How To Be A Ballet Dancer

Dancers in training learn how to become a professional dancer the Smart and Healthy way in the digital dance book, How To Be A BAllet Dancer by Alexandra Cownie. And don’t forget the companion cookbook, 100 Healthy Snacks!

A “Dance Class” Comic Book Series For Tween Dancers

Three books in the Dance Class series of graphic novels by Papercutz

Tweens will get a kick out of this ongoing comic book series about the struggles, mishaps, thrills, and hilarious moments in the lives of three best friends trying to improve their dance skills. Learn more about the sewn hardcover books in the series.

The Cutest T-Shirt In The Land Of Sweets Or Snow

Miami City Ballet dancer models the Keep Calm and Dream of Sugar Plums tee

Tendus Under A Palm Tree blogger and Miami City Ballet dancer, Rebecca King wants to give away two of TENDUS’ latest “Keep Calm” tees. It’s the perfect Nutcracker memento for you or your favorite aspiring ballet dancer.

Say “No” To Boring Ballet With This DVD Series

BalletBarreNone: The Children's Hour of Power DVDs

“The Children’s Hour of Power” 3-DVD series, a fun and innovative approach to ballet instruction that results in more versatile, responsible dancers and happier teachers.

Inspiring Music For Inspired Ballet Classes

Two swans on a woodland lake are featured on the Ballet Studio Inspirations, Volume Two cover

Richard Maddock’s Ballet Studio Inspirations: Volume Two has 45 tracks, which includes 14 exercises for pointe work.

Dreaming of Broadway? Take A Special Tour Of NYC

Seek New York LLC

Take a 3-hour private New York City tour. A blend of shopping, history, and “insider” entertainment information, Seek’s Star-to-Be tour is designed specifically for aspiring performers.

Go ‘Nuts’ Between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Watch and vote in the Battle of the Nutcrackers on Ovation TV

Ovation TV’s Battle of the Nutcrackers has become part of our holiday traditions, is it part of yours? Watch a new Nut every Sunday from Thanksgiving till Christmas and vote for your favorite on Facebook for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree. Watch and compare Sugar Plum video clips from each of the competing performances, right here on DA!

Three Horrifying Reasons To Go YouTubing This Week

Two ghoulish figures haunt the hallways of a ship in search of The LXD.

Beware, the supernaturally talented cast of The LXD resorts to scary tactics in Rising, possibly the most terror-iffic item we’ve shown at DA. Plus, DS2UDIO, the dance lifestyle YouTube channel keeps things jumping with two Halloween specials on dance-themed costumes and the scariest dance sequences in history.

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