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Holiday Classics: ‘The Nutcracker’ Sweetens The Stage at The Lyric, December 23

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Dancers from the Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM). Image via BTM.

What would the holidays be without posters for some adaptation of Tchaikovsky and Petipa’s The Nutcracker hanging in shop windows?

Fluid Movement’s ‘Sharkespeare’ Combines Synchronized Swimming and Shakespeare

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Photo by Jim Burger

Ahoy! Fluid Movement, Baltimore’s wackiest (and only?) water ballet troupe is back for another lap across the pool.

Ballerina Misty Copeland to Discuss Her New Health and Fitness Book at MICA

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Misty Copeland in 2014, photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Misty Copeland is coming back to Baltimore.

Famous Russian Ballerinas Onstage in the Baltimore Area

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Photo of Veronika Part by  Gene Schiavone, via the Huffington Post
Photo of Veronika Part by Gene Schiavone, via the Huffington Post

I have to admit – I’m not exactly up-to-date on my prima ballerinas. The names Veronika Part and Vitali Krauchenka didn’t mean anything to me before yesterday. But then I saw this tweet by esteemed New Yorker writer/Vanity Fair culture critic James Wolcott:

The Nutcracker at the Lyric

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The Nutracker at the Lyric in Baltimore

catch of the day fish (2)As a child, I didn’t much care for watching or participating in ballet. But I was a big fan of all things that involved playing pretend, dressing up in costumes, and generally being covered head to toe in tulle and sequins and feathers. Thus, my first experience of the Nutcracker was actually attending the local ballet school’s annual fundraising rummage sale, where they sold off all of the worn out, old costumes, many of them from the Nutcracker. Priced at less than a dollar a piece, my mother was thrilled to be able to hand over a few dollars and take me home with a lifetime’s supply of tutus, headdresses, sequined ankle thingys, and more.  On the way I asked her why the ballet school had such amazing things, and why on Earth they would get rid of them. Over the drive, she explained to me what the Nutcracker was, and the next year we went to see my neighbor perform in it—she played a mouse.

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