Crack On!

How The Nutcracker became, and continues to be, our favorite holiday show.

Pick anyone off the street and ask them if they’ve heard of The Nutcracker (or don’t if you’re, like, really uncomfortable talking to strangers). Chances are, they have heard of The NutcrackerIn fact, The Nutcracker might even be the only ballet they recognize (but here’s a shout out to Natalie Portman (and Sarah Lane, her dance double) for bringing Swan-Lake-sexy back). How is it that everyone possesses some vague knowledge of an old ballet based on an obscure German fairytale?

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It’s the Little Things

of “Then I defy you stars!” (V.i.24)

Say what you like about the Italian teenager, but let’s all agree that Romeo really knocked it out of the park with his grand gesture. You see grand gestures on screen all the time: Ryan Gosling builds the dream home in The Notebook, Liv Tyler chooses mortality in The Return of the King, Kirsten Dunst designs that roadtrip in Elizabethtown, Humphrey Bogart says, “We’ll always have Paris,” in Casablanca, and the Beast gives Belle that magnificent library I still daydream about. A grand gesture is an uncharacteristically spectacular act of love. So, while woefully unnecessary, Romeo’s suicide definitely qualifies as a grand gesture.

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Welcome Newbies!

For those in books or ballet, the new year never really begins January 1st. Indeed, New Year’s Eve feels more like an encore finale or cast party after San Diego Ballet’s (outrageously successful) Nutcracker run. We celebrate our holidays quickly, leaping back into rehearsal before too long. Why? Because (there’s no rest for the wicked, and) the end of the calendar year is actually the very middle of our dancing season. (Ballet not playing by the rules? Artists dancing to a different tune, or time? Typical. We’ll sleep when we’re dead.)

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How to Stretch: Yes, I mean you.

First year company member and San Diego native Steffi Carter shares her tips on stretching. For the dancer or the patron alike, she sheds light on what stretching is all about. Check her out along with all the amazing San Diego Ballet dancers in Don Juan next Friday and Sunday. Don’t miss the Gala in Saturday either. A full weekend with SDB, doesn’t get much better than that!

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