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the show must go on

Like most professional dancers, my first ballet was The Nutcracker.  Unlike most professional dancers, though, the very first Nutcracker I ever performed is the same one I have been a part of every year since.   376 more words


Bah Humbug It's Nutcracker Time

Boston Ballet invited me to see this year’s Nutcracker performance and I decided to put my carol-belting, holiday baking, dance-loving self aside for a little holiday twist on this year’s review.  1,029 more words

Arts & Entertainment

The Red Shoes: New Adventures

I feel like I’ve been waiting for Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes for my entire life. Or at least, since I first saw the original film. 801 more words



We are officially in full on Nutcracker mode.  Each day is like a step through the looking glass, diving toes first into Clara’s strange dream.  In so many ways, Nutcracker season really does feel like a dream.   251 more words



As evidenced by the relative emptiness of this blog over the past few weeks, I think it’s safe to say this season has truly been one of the busiest of my life.   185 more words


Peony Pavilion: The National Ballet of China

It goes without saying that opportunities for UK audiences to see the National Ballet of China are rare. The company’s performances of The Peony Pavilion… 587 more words


Practice Makes Perfect

Inside Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker rehearsal

Dance rehearsal smells like feet and moist leotards. There’s nothing elegant about it. When the dancers work hard, improvising corrections on-the-fly from choreographers and ballet mistresses, there is a locker-room funk suspended in the air from sweat-dampened dance clothes, breath and many bodies moving in one studio classroom. 647 more words

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