The Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker." Photo by Cheryl Mann

Behind-the-Scenes Clips of All Our Fave Companies Gearing Up for Nutcracker

Since Thanksgiving is finally here, it's officially time to talk Nutcracker. With countless productions taking place between now and Christmas (and even some through the new year), we've been keeping tabs on Instagram to check in on rehearsals. Whether you're obsessed with all things Sugar Plum Fairy or the snow scene is more your speed, we've got your first look at the holiday classic.

We have a feeling even the Boston Ballet dancing bear couldn't keep up with second soloist Lawrence Rines' tricks in Russian.


Angelica Generosa and her Marzipan crew practice their flute skills (and their footwork, too) in the final days leading up to Pacific Northwest Ballet's 35-show run.


Septime Webre's Nutcracker at The Washington Ballet actually features cherry blossoms in the "Waltz of the Flowers" scene in keeping with the ballet's historic Georgetown setting.


Ana Sophia Scheller seems to have the fouetté turns down as she preps for her first Sugar Plum Fairy with San Francisco Ballet.


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Jack Hawn and Tommie Kesten added costumes to their pas practice. The company offers a sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker that includes lower sound and light levels specifically designed for audience members on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities.


The entire grand pas de deux in 60 seconds? American Ballet Theatre's Sarah Lane and New York City Ballet's Daniel Ulbricht shared a mashup of their upcoming performance as guests at LakeCities Ballet Theatre.


Okay, so there's no dancing going on here, but we wouldn't mind if Indiana Woodward's dog Luna made a cameo appearance in one of NYCB's shows.

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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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