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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is almost certainly the most popular ballet in the world.  Chances are, if you’ve ever seen a live ballet performance, it was The Nutcracker.  Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this ballet is a perennial holiday favorite.  Tajo wants desperately to be cast as one of the children in the New York City Ballet’s annual performances of The Nutcracker, and during the course of Feeding, he refers to this video below, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov (Tajo’s favorite ballet dancer) and Gelsey Kirkland in one of the finest ballet performances you’ll ever see.  This production is from the American Ballet Theatre, another great ballet company based in New York City.  Enjoy!


School of American Ballet Boys Program

Tajo’s dream is to be accepted into a really good ballet school, and one of the best is the School of American Ballet (SAB), located in New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  The SAB was founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, two of the most influential figures in American ballet history.  These men also co-founded the New York City Ballet.  Graduates of the SAB often go on to major careers in ballet and other fields of dance.  To encourage more boys to dance ballet, the SAB offers a cost-free program for young boys interested in ballet.  The video above offers a terrific look at the program and the work it takes for a young person to develop into a professional dancer.  Ballet is an extremely disciplined and physically demanding art form; the dancers who make their moves look so light and effortless have invested thousands of hours of grueling work to achieve that effect.