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article imageIt's that time of year when 'The Nutcracker' comes to life Special

By W. Mark Dendy     Nov 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Sacramento - It is that time of year when leaves turn color and commence to fall, snow begins to cover the mountains, children count the days til Christmas, and the Sacramento Ballet works relentlessly at perfecting the dances of "The Nutcracker."
With little more than two weeks before this year's opening performance of Ron Cunningham's choreographed version of the Tchaikovsky timeless classic, Cunningham and artistic co-director Carrine Binda are in the studio for long days even though the days for most seem shorter.
The husband-and-wife creative duo, both renowned ballet dancers, kept a watchful eye today as the dancers were put through the paces.
Binda, celebrating her 25th year with the Sacramento Ballet, gave crucial instruction, dissecting each part of a routine, as the dancers on the floor and on the sidelines took in every word from the highly respected coach.
Cunningham sat beside her directing his attention to minute details that can make the difference between a good performance and an awesome one. Occasionally the two would lean in towards each other and discuss the craft that is their passion.
The dancers scurried in and out of the studio eating protein bars, fruit cups and downing bottles of water. There was laughter and chatter all along the bar, and whenever a routine was performed, those on the sidelines broke into applause.
The flurry of activity surrounded by larger-than-life toys would be too much for kid. It was almost too much for me. The corners of my mouth turned up as if Christmas is tomorrow!
But I don't want Christmas to come yet. I want to see the life-sized sugar plum fairies and the toy soldiers dance around Clara first. Then I will know that Christmas isn't just a fantasy!
"The Nutcracker," choreographed by Ron Cunningham and performed by the Sacramento Ballet will open on Dec.7 with shows at various times through Dec. 23, 2013 at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. Tickets can be purchased on-line, at the Community Center Theater, or at the Sacramento Ballet Studio Box Office.
Mark your calenders because there are a only 14 scheduled performances; five will have a live orchestra. Tickets to the ballet make great gifts too!
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