Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | December 7, 2011

Movie Recommendation: Perfect for December

Type: Christmas ballet

Actors:   Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland,  Alexander Minz

Production: Mikhail Baryshnikov and American Ballet Theatre

Music by: Tchaikovsky

Title:  “The Nutcracker”

Why:  “The Nutcracker” is my favorite version of this spectacular ballet. Be sure to share this movie with a dear friend.

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Responses

  1. Yes, this production is beautifully done. Moving too,

    • I completely agree, Beth. Watching this ballet is one of the fastest ways to get in the holiday spirit. Cheers, Ashley

  2. Ah, but there is nothing to compare seeing it live! I danced in Nutcracker for about 10 years – a magical time. I worked my way up from being a toy soldier to dancing in almost all the variations in the second act. The only bad thing of having danced it as often as I have, is the movie, of course, is “wrong” – its not the ballet I grew up with! But other than that singular flaw, it IS a gorgeous movie – thanks for the recommendation!

    • You’re very welcome, Christine. How wonderful that you got to dance in the “Nutcracker” for 10 years! And you’re right. There are several versions of the ballet, and we each imprint on our first version. I know I did. You’re also right that seeing the ballet danced live is best. Cheers, Ashley


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