Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

The Waltz of the Snowflakes & The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

A flurry of dancing snowflakes scatters across the stage as Clara (Meaghan Grace Hinkis) and Hans-Peter/the Nutcracker (Ricardo Cervera) take in the wonder of a white Christmas in an enchanted forest. Gary Avis plays Drosselmeyer, the toymaker. This is The Royal Ballet‘s 2012 production of the Waltz of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker. Some history about this classic holiday ballet via The Royal Opera House:

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky‘s Nutcracker score was commissioned by the director of the Russian Imperial Theatres, following the resounding success of Sleeping Beauty in 1890. Marius Petipa created the scenario – based on a fairytale by E. T. A. Hoffman – and Lev Ivanov provided the choreography. The Nutcracker was first performed in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. It initially had a poor reception, but its combination of enchanting choreography and an unforgettable score have since made it one of the best-loved of all ballets.

Below from 2017: The Royal Ballet’s Principal Dancer Lauren Cuthbertson performs the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy:

Next, watch Ballet Swan Lake Fouetée: Nureyev and Fonteyn, Backstage Sleeping Beauty, Ballet Rotoscope, and Brown Ballerinas – Inside the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Bonus: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on a Glass Harp.

🌈 Related videos

How to wrap presents quickly and easily

Rion Nakaya

Mikhail Baryshnikov competing and winning in Moscow (1969)

Rion Nakaya

The Nutcracker’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on a Glass Harp

Rion Nakaya

Brown Ballerinas – Inside the Dance Theatre of Harlem

Rion Nakaya

Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2

Rion Nakaya

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on the Glass Armonica

Rion Nakaya

To Give a Present by Kirsten Lepore for Yo Gabba Gabba

Rion Nakaya

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Sleeping Beauty rehearsals

Rion Nakaya

Ballet Shoes Made For Brown-Skinned Ballerinas

Rion Nakaya

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.

 

Subscribe