Monday, December 3, 2007

The Nutcracker

To prepare for our upcoming trip to see a performance of "The Nutcracker," I have been collecting resources. Since my dear friend E. tied up the extensive collection of "Nutcracker" books, recordings and videos available through our library system almost single-handedly (grin), I'm left culling the best of the 'net. Here are a few of the gems I've found among the offerings:

History, story, review and more:
Official Nutcracker Ballet Homepage
Lessons Plans to pull from:
NYC Ballet plans for 4th-5th grade
PBS Great Performances "Nutcracker" page
Telling A Story Through Dance (Kennedy Center)
Fun Lessons (plans with a craft)

Music clips:
Nutcracker Suite Overture
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies
Russian Dance
Chinese Dance
Arabian Dance
Dance of the Reed Flutes
Waltz of the Flowers

Wikipedia bio
Tchaikovsky visits America
Tchaikovsky Research

Video clips:
Chinese Dance
Arabian Dance
Dance of the Mirlitons
ABT/Baryshnikov Dance of the Children, more

Steinbach factories & nutcrackers

DK Illustrated Ballet Stories
PNB Presents: Nutcracker
Nutcracker Nation

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