A condensed history of The Nutcracker ballet
By Sara Beitia
The Nutcracker is arguably the most famous and popular ballets performed today. Most of us recognize Tchaikovsky's score--or at least "The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy"--even if some of those numbers get confused with animated dancing mushrooms from the Fantasia movie. But beyond the simple, joyful entertainment this ballet delivers is a convoluted and interesting history that has little resemblance to the story most of us know.
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