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La Vivandiere

La Vivandière (Kirov) – Alla Sizova – Boris Blank…:

Wonderful holiday renditions of The Nutcracker-some are still playing or will play after the 25th! Associated Press


The Nutcracker with Esmiana Jani


These are just a few of the many American events of the great Nutcracker which is performed in December and January across the United States-find one near you!


Russian Traditional Character Dance Clip (staged by Ilya Gaft)

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A very rare gem my daughter’s Ballet Teacher staged a long time ago in Russia, which many of my friends might enjoy! This is significantly important, to history, believe it or not, and dance.
Here is also a very bad translation of the Russian language text underneath the video-sometime after he left the Kirov and Novosibirsk Opera ballet….and before his degree in choreography. Wow.
“”Staging [or starring] Ilya Gaft, Honored Artist of Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.[Not sure, he is a very modest man] “”In 1952 he graduated from the performers faculty of the Leningrad Choreographic School, where training in the specialty “ballet dancer” adopted children, who in the year of receipt is executed, usually 10 years. [He was not adopted, but this means, I think, he was ‘accepted’ into the school where he stayed 10 years, so he might as well have been adopted] He was a ballet dancer [also] in the Karelian musical theater in Petrozavodskm [also, the Kirov and Novosibirsk, where he was Principal]. In 1967, he headed a group choreography at the Leningrad State Theatre “Music Hall” (without choreographer diploma); Gaft in 1970 graduated from the Department of choreography at the Leningrad Conservatory;”” ENJOY!

Is Dance training ONLY Elite dancers, and NOT Looking at the Bigger Pictures-Who Will Dance With Them? What Will They Dance? Is Education Suffering Too?

Children’s Hospital Hosts Annual Holiday Ballet

Children’s Hospital Hosts Annual Holiday Ballet

Students, pediatric patients enjoy ‘Nutcracker’ ballet in Washington Heights

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times | December 22, 2014 | Last Updated: December 22, 2014 10:27 pm

NEW YORK—”Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” echoed through the lobby of the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and 4-year-old Madeline sat up and clapped, engrossed in the ballet before her.

“When she was here two years ago, she was upstairs in her room, quarantined,” said Madeline’s mother Jenna Kellerman. Kellerman had come downstairs for a cup of coffee, and caught a glimpse of the New York Theatre Ballet’s (NYTB) annual performance at the hospital, but had to rush back upstairs.

“She likes it when they’re on their toes and spin around,” Kellerman said of her daughter, and Madeline mimicked pirouettes with her fingers. Christmas means baking cookies, watching holiday movies, and “The Nutcracker” on television, but she has never seen it live. “Every time they had the performance she was sick upstairs.”

Madeline was born at the hospital and had open-heart surgery at 1-week-old, a second surgery when she was 6 months old, and a third when she was 2 1/2, for the same heart condition.

This year, Kellerman came to the hospital to visit a friend with a child in the intensive care unit, and Madeline came along for the performance.

Mice in polka dots and dancers with oversized chopsticks performed the holiday favorite, choreographed by Keith Michael in the art nouveau style, circa 1907. Costumes were designed by Sylvia Nolan, the resident costume designer of the Metropolitan Opera.

“I wanted her to see the show she actually missed,” Kellerman said.

Dancers of the New York Theatre Ballet performed “The Nutcracker” at the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. For the last eight years, NYTB has performed a one-hour holiday ballet for the pediatric patients. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Mental Healing

For the last eight years, NYTB has performed a one-hour holiday ballet for the pediatric patients and, more recently, grade students of the nearby PS 4. They have performed “Carnival of the Animals,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Nutcracker” in previous years.

“The families and patients definitely look forward to it every year … it’s always nice to be able to bring the arts to our patients,” said Juan Mejia, vice president of operations at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Many of the pediatric patients are at the hospital for extended stay, which means long hours and long days, Mejia said. “It’s nice for them to have a break from being on the floors.”

“There’s a lot to say about the mental healing of patients,” Mejia said. “The ability for them to have a break from the day allows them to really heal mentally.”

Dancers of the New York Theatre Ballet performed “The Nutcracker” at the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. For the last eight years, NYTB has performed a one-hour holiday ballet for the pediatric patients. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Giving Back

These sorts of intimate performances are the cores of NYTB’s mission, according to founder Diana Byer. NYTB performs in smaller venues, across the world, and “the theatrical experience is quite personal.”

“We can see gesture,” Byer said. Rather than seeing the overall picture from a great distance, “you’re seeing detail. It’s a personal, very intimate experience. It’s how an individual experiences it.”

This version of “The Nutcracker” was refreshed four years ago, from the version NYTB had performed for 26 years. After months of choreography, the ballet was adapted for today’s changing culture.

“It’s designed to appeal to today’s child. It’s in the narrative, the pacing, the costuming, the color,” Byer said.

In addition to small classic masterpieces and one-hour ballets for young children, Byer tries to unearth lost ballets—pieces by great choreographers that have not been performed for many years. “It’s part of our culture and should be seen,” Byer said.

To her, “Art is about generosity of spirit,” Byer said. And performing at the children’s hospital teaches the dancers that. “I think it’s good for the dancers to give back … that’s what art is. It’s something for the public.”

Margery (C), a patient at the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, poses with dancers of the New York Theatre Ballet after the troupe performed “The Nutcracker” for the children at the hospital on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. For the last eight years, NYTB has performed a one-hour holiday ballet for the pediatric patients. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

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▶ The Lark Ballet_LBC_Purdue Philharmonic – YouTube


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Toledo Ballet – The Longest, Annual, Continually-running Nutcracker in the U.S.

WGTE Public Media: Toledo Ballet – Founding, History & the Nutcracker.

▶ Cincinnati Ballet-The Nutcracker, Dec 19-27 2014



▶ Cincinnati Ballet | Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker 2014 – YouTube.

Celebrate ‘The Nutcracker’ Tradition in Indianapolis!

Posted: Thursday, December 4, 2014 11:23 am

By VICTORIA DAVIS/Reposted by Mysylph

Now that stomachs are full, Black Friday shopping has ended and thousands of pounds of turkey have been sold, it’s the time of year to truly appreciate our loved ones through rich traditions. Maybe your family cherishes the moment the star is placed on the peak of the family Christmas tree, or enjoys visiting holiday shows such as “The Nutcracker.”

The Indiana Ballet Conservatory (IBC) will be putting on six shows of “The Nutcracker” at two different venues, the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre and at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s “The Toby.”

Miko Fogarty, who plays Princess Masha (Clara) and Sugar Plum said she began rehearsing for this season’s Nutcracker about a month ago.

“Each ballet is different in terms of the storyline and characters,” said Fogarty. “Dancers feed off the energy in the audience. When you ‘feel’ the audience reacting to your performance, you can’t help but rise to the occasion. That type of collaboration is exhilarating.”

Since Fogarty has been playing these two roles for the past five years, she finds many similarities in her characters and herself as a ballerina.

“Masha is a young girl who opens her heart to an ugly nutcracker doll. Her kindness and love help to transform the doll – and herself – into the prince and princess,” said Fogarty. “They go on a spectacular journey and awake the next morning to wonder if it was magic or a dream. Really, the life of a dancer is similar.”

She continues, “For those of us who are pursuing ballet as a career, we recognize this gift is not something to keep to ourselves, but to share with an audience. When we give our all on the stage and embody the character, the audience gets taken on a journey of their own. It is our goal to ensure that each person leaves the theater feeling something special and is transformed in some way.”

While there are a variety of “The Nutcracker” productions happening around the city, Alyona Yakovleva-Randall, founding artistic director, master teacher, and coach at IBC mentioned that this production’s version is closest to the original staging from nearly 100 years ago where it debuted in Russia.

“Even the names of our characters are true to the original storyline, Masha (Marie) instead of Clara. Even the backdrops, which were commissioned to be painted, match the original sets,” noted Yakovleva-Randall.

IBC’s Camel studios are bustling with over 170 dancers ranging from 3 years old to adults, countless production staff and volunteers during this time of year. Practice for “The Nutcracker” and other productions can begin early in the morning until 9 p.m. daily. In addition to Fogarty, acclaimed principal dancer with the Boston Ballet, Lasha Khozashvili is also one of the main characters in the show. Yakovleva-Randall said it’s a pleasure working with all of the dancers.

“It’s always satisfying to see our older dancers work together as a team to encourage and support each other,” she commented. “One simply cannot put on a production of this magnitude without harmony between the dancers. What always brings the biggest smile to my heart is when the older students reach out to the younger ones and help them learn their parts. Seeing the pre-professional students passing down what they’ve learned to the next generation of young dancers is truly satisfying. My entire life’s work is passing down the legacy of ballet down to the next generation.”

Indiana Ballet Conservatory’s ‘The Nutcracker’

The Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

(Limited seats available for Nutcracker Tea, noon – 1:30 p.m., and VIP, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

Indianapolis Museum of Art’s “The Toby”

Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at

Facts about ‘The Nutcracker’

Began as the published work “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” in 1816

First production performed Dec. 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia

Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky composed the music for the ballet “The Nutcracker”

The first U.S. performance was in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet

The New York City Ballet first performed George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker”® in 1954, which then became a popular holiday tradition

via Celebrate ‘The Nutcracker’ Tradition – Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper: Around Town.

Indianapolis City Ballet Gala To Be Aired on PBS

Indianapolis City Ballet benefit targets the big screen in 2015 | 2014-11-11 | Indianapolis Business Journal |