This holiday season, young book lovers may prefer Clara’s adventure through the Black Forest to Disney’s cinematic interpretation of The Nutcracker. Learn more about the first installment of Daniel Lee Nicholson’s reimagining of ETA Hoffmann’s original tale in our latest book review.
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The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy wasn’t in the original story so where does she come from? Does the Sugar Plum pas de deux contain a hidden homage to Tchaikovsky’s sister? What was the original name of Plum’s prince? Why did the first Sugar Plum Fairy add an extra solo for herself? We have the answers!
Dance companies all over put their own spin on the season by developing alternatives to The Nutcracker. Some, like these in Philadelphia, reflect the region and its inhabitants. Does your city have unique holiday dance traditions as well?
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.
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!
Performing at such a young age in a huge theater with professional dancers helped to start my love of performing, as well as making me more comfortable on stage early on in my training. Also, it was after participating in those two summer programs in Houston that I realized I wanted to pursue dance professionally.