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.
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!
Some of the character’s in Act II of The Nutcracker seem out of place and the dual personalities that come out in different versions of the ballet don’t make it any less confusing. If you look back into the ballet’s history, though, things do start to come together in the Kingdom of Sweets.
Each ballet company has its own interpretation of The Nutcracker story. Expand your collection of picture books covering this classic holiday ballet.
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.