Today is an important anniversary for the history of ballet. 120 years ago, The Nutcracker was performed for the first time at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. It was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Since then, The Nutcracker has been staged innumerable times in prestigious theaters as well as in school gyms, by professional dancers as well as by toddlers. Children all over the world performed The Nutcracker as their Christmas Play. We selected for you the best kids’ performances we could find on youtube. Enjoy, and let yourself be overwhelmed by cuteness.
1. Ain Yoon, 10 years old, playing “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”
2. An off stage interview with the kids of Miami City Ballet about their performance stress for The Nutcracker.
3. Preschoolers practicing at home.
4. Second graders marching!
5. Last but not least, two amazing 4 year-old twins performing The Nutcracker on ice.
To honor this theater masterpiece, we produced an amazing interactive story in 4 episodes, featuring the original music by Tchaikovsky, you can find it for free on Timbuktu. In the forth episode, which will be published on December 26th, you’ll also get the printable masks to stage your family’s version of this awesome story.