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Tradition is a large part of the holidays for most families.  My parents were both ballet dancers and our December holiday revolved around performances of the Nutcracker.  I have carried on that tradition in Sierra Nevada Ballet with performances of the Peanutcracker-The Story In A Nutshell which I created especially for families with young children and which SNB has performed annually in Carson City and Reno for the past 20 years. Peanutcracker has become part
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Ballet is an art form that is passed down traditionally from generation to generation. I am reminded of the value of that tradition every year as we prepare for our annual production of the Peanutcracker-The Story In A Nutshell. I was inspired by young audience members to choreograph Peanutcracker in 1993 in the SF Bay Area. After 25 years of performing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy professionally, I came to discover through speaking
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For many, the Sugar Plum Fairy needs no introduction.  She is the magical legendary creature who epitomizes goodness and light and transcends any earthly description. Composer Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky gave her a voice when he discovered the celesta (musical instrument) and gave it a massive solo in the Nutcracker.  The celesta has a smooth and beautiful tone and its inventor named it because of its “celestial” heavenly sound, and so the Sugar Plum Fairy appears
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In celebration of National Arts Education week  (September 12-18), I thought it appropriate to focus on the importance of arts education. Years of research show that arts education is closely linked to almost everything that we want for our children: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Arts education is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Statistics show that learning an art can also
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We are so fortunate to live in a time of ever-improving technology where we can attend meetings via Zoom, watch videos on our computers, and see streaming performances on our cell phones.  With these wonderful modern inventions, it is easy to forget the amazing interactive experience of a live performance. SNB elected to perform at Ranch San Rafael this year and (while the venue was very costly for us) we were happy to do it.
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