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The Nutcracker

BalletCollective Presents Two Premieres at NYU's Skirball Center

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Harrison Coll darts across the stage, like a pinball bounding from side to side. Or maybe he's more of a missile that's caught fire. His feet become irrelevant; every movement is just a dash, a thrust, a scream from his body. Turning, flying, launching, landing.

A Trans Daydream

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

A young girl wonders through her home, searching. She knows that it's here, somewhere. Walking into her parent's bedroom she sees it, shining, luminescent among the common cloth found in most closets. But this blue dress was special.

This Weekend, New York Jazzharmonic Debuts a New Big Band at Symphony Space

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.30.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Jazz is making a comeback in New York City. Hipsters tip-tap their toes at joints like the Fat Cat and Iridium, taking in their grandparents' tunes. Nostalgia trends these days, and there's nothing like a wailing saxophone to put you in the mood.

Setting the Record Straight: The Nutcracker Comes to America

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.18.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The clichéd rivalry between the East and West Coasts of the United States confounds those of us who grew up in distant lands. When it comes to ballet, in particular, many American balletomanes appear oblivious to the bustle outside the precincts of New York City.

Daily Meditation: Hidden Worlds

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Ballet Hispanico: Are You Down for a Discourse?

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.21.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Ballet Hispanico's troupe is diverse to reflect "who we are as hybrids in the world." Pieces like Mancillas' are about what it means to be mortal and flawed, not what it's like to come from a specific race or ethnicity. The world isn't cookie cutter, and neither is Vilaro's company.

50 Years Of 'The Nutcracker' Ballet, In Stunning Photos

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts

"The Nutcracker" might be a family favorite today, but back in the 1890s, the uber-famous ballet was a critical flop. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky prem...

Curtis M. Wong

You've Never Seen A 'Nutcracker' Like This Before | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Of all the various “Nutcracker” productions that pervade New York during the month of December, only one features ballerinas in bondage gear, a po...

I Went to See The Nutcracker So You Don't Have to

Alf LaMont | Posted 02.15.2015 | Comedy
Alf LaMont

My fiancee's parents won tickets to The Nutcracker, a ballet by Tchaikovsky that is considered "family friendly" and has allegedly something to do with Christmas. Below are the notes I took regarding the general plot of the show.

My Nutcracker Died

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 02.11.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

A boot was missing, his mouth no longer opened and his cracker wouldn't crack. I could relate in so many ways.

Daily Meditation: Dance With Fairies

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Misty Copeland Talks Fashion, Memoir and Body Image

Mary Alice Franklin | Posted 01.08.2015 | Arts
Mary Alice Franklin

It's quite overwhelming to be in the presence of someone who crushes multiple stereotypes, and does it with grace. Misty Copeland is African American. She does not have the typical "ballerina's body." She didn't have access to classical ballet early in life, so she began dancing "late" -- at age 13.

CultureZohn: Tiler Peck And Robert Fairchild: Dancing As Fast As They Can

Patricia Zohn | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

"You have to practice finishing," Tiler reminds the toe students after a series of turns, "you can't just stop in mid-step and freeze." A good lesson for life as well as ballet.

Through A Lens, Darkly

George Heymont | Posted 08.10.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Have you ever sat through a full-length feature that could have ended several times? Or been trimmed by at least 20 minutes? If so, you might find a treasure trove of cinema in the recent crop of short films, including some that were chosen for the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival.

This Is What Happens When Tech-Savvy Hackers Take Over The Ballet

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a group of tech-savvy hackers took over the ballet? We may have the answer to that strange hypothetical, c...

Interviewing Hayao Miyazaki, Japan's Greatest Animation Director

Susan J. Napier | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Susan J. Napier

I am shouting at them "Stop! Stop!" Then I wake up and realized that the day I had been waiting for for over three years has finally arrived.

What My Daughter Learned from The Nutcracker

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Shannon Sutherland

Last week, my daughter and I were in a production of The Nutcracker at The Joffrey Ballet School. Before the show she cried because she wanted to be onstage NOW. After her part was done she cried because she wanted to go back on stage NOW.

American Ballet Theatre's 'Nutcracker': A Story That Enchants by Keeping Some Things Real

Meghan Feeks | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

"Christmas is weird. What other time of year do you sit around a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?" This got me thinking about how bizarre many hallowed Christmas traditions are, perhaps none more so than The Nutcracker.

15 Questions With Isabella Boylston, Nutcracker Guest Artist With the Royal Danish Ballet

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 02.11.2014 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

When American Ballet Theatre soloist Isabella Boylston is taking part in the company's new Dancer Exchange Program which has her performing in Copenhagen with the Royal Danish Ballet. She kindly consented to answer a few questions about her experience there.

A Holiday Letter to Dancers

Sarah Draugelis | Posted 02.09.2014 | Arts
Sarah Draugelis

Lately I've been floating on this nostalgic sensation, remorseful over this time period even though it isn't over. I simply cannot put into words how ...

The Lesbian's Guide to Watching the Nutcracker

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 02.05.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Warnecke

I've come to rescue you. You see, it's possible to understand, and even enjoy The Nutcracker.

This NSFW Version Of The Nutcracker Is The Greatest Holiday Homage Ever

Posted 12.05.2013 | Arts

This is the holiday performance extravaganza we've been waiting for. Don't get us wrong, we love the traditional Nutcracker ballet as much as the next...

An Enthralling Nutcracker at New York Theatre Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.30.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Eschewing the cast of thousands, the grandeur of an opera house, and of Christmas trees that inflate to skyscraper height, this streamlined retelling of the Nutcracker glories in the virtues of economy and wit.

Creativity Behind the Scenes: Marketing

Phil Chan | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

I highly encourage arts organizations across the world to look into how a commitment to social media (and it is a commitment!) and thinking creatively can help raise the profile of your organization and sustain your base of support throughout the year!

The Lost Generation in the Audience

Phil Chan | Posted 03.08.2013 | Arts
Phil Chan

It is our responsibility in the field to continue to push the artform to exciting new levels, and to also offer educational opportunities to the next generation.