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The Nutcracker

Dancing Amidst the Shadows

Mary Rogers | Posted 01.27.2016 | Arts
Mary Rogers

Recently, my heart swelled wider than my chest as I watched my niece perform in her Allegro Winter Spectacular. I found a love for lyrical dance that ...

A Visual History Of 'The Nutcracker' In 100 Photos

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.24.2015 | 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 premie...

Gay Men Share Their Favorite Holiday Movies, Books, Specials And More

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

Look, let's be honest: Christmas is super-gay. All that tinsel, the frolicsome dancing, mulled wine and all its fruity spices -- and oh goodness, all those holiday specials!

A Girl's First Nutcracker (On Stage!)

Michael Levin | Posted 12.22.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Levin

A year ago, Elise Beauchemin, a 12-year-old New Hampshire ballet student, emerged from a performance of Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker with tears in h...

This Is The Only Version Of 'The Nutcracker' You Need This Season

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts

"The Nutcracker" ballet originally debuted on December 18, 1892, to an audience of Mariinsky Theatre opera goers in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ne...

Take a Ride to the Kansas City Ballet's Nutcracker in the 2015 Jeep Cherokee

Rita Cook | Posted 12.15.2015 | Travel
Rita Cook

For folks looking for a Nutcracker experience that is a bit different than just the routine performance storyline, the Kansas City Ballet opened its r...

You've Never Seen A 'Nutcracker' Quite Like This Before

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

“I wanted a giant, giant number of snowflakes, but I thought, ‘Why are snowflakes women?’ I’m not sure. Once you&rsquo...

A Real American Role Model

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.10.2015 | Arts
Tavis Smiley

She made headlines and history by becoming the first African-American female principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, she debuted on Broadway in the hit show On the Town and launched her MindLeaps Girls' Program in Rwanda, which uses dance to prepare disadvantaged youth for school.

The 7-Year-Old 'Nutcracker' Ballerina Who's Fighting For Mice Rights

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.08.2015 | Arts

Have you ever watched "The Nutcracker" and felt bad for the Mouse King? A certain 7-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, certainly has. And she's dete...

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.