It seems only appropriate that we pay tribute to a beautiful piece of art that debuted to the stage during the Christmas season of 1892 in St. Petersburg Russia…The Nutcracker.  In today’s time, The Nutcracker’s music and diverse choreography is celebrated each year around the holiday season.  Though you would have never predicted it based on how it was received in 1892, this two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky has since gone though countless re-productions and has graced stage, studio, television and movie screens around the world.

It opens to a scene on Christmas Eve as guests of the Stahlbaum family decorate the tree.  As Clara and Fritz enter the room to see the tree, perfect in it’s majesty and glittering lights, they are given several gifts, but the one that catches young Clara’s eye is a beautiful Nutcracker.  Before the nights end, Clara and her beloved Nutcracker soldier, are enveloped in a fairy tale of sugar plum fairies, a mice king and a grand battle culminating into the Nutcracker turning into a handsome prince.  Snowflakes waltz, Arabian, Spanish, Russian and Chinese dancers dance and a mother and all her children all grace the stage in this epic Christmas time story.  It’s a dancers spectacular, a ballet for the history books and for many, it’s the perfect way to ring in the holiday season each year.

What a tribute it is to have such a beautiful genre of dance inside the walls of Luv 2 Dance.  We are so grateful that our dancers have the ability to train in this fundamental and beautiful style.  Since the 15th century, ballet has given dancer and audience alike some spectacular moments in history.  A shout out to all our dancers and our amazing ballet teachers at Luv 2 Dance!