Principal Character Artist Gary Avis as Drosselmeyer in the 2013 production (Bill Cooper, courtesy The Royal Ballet)
As December 2018 is finally winding down, you've probably had "Waltz of the Flowers" stuck in your head since October—at least. If just reading that sentence made you want to scream, you're welcome to stop reading here. (And we really are sorry that it's stuck in your head for the umpteenth time now.)
We're actually talking here to the diehard Nutters. Yes, you, who feel a little less dead inside every single time that tree starts to grow, you who gasp with suspense when Clara bends back to hurl the slipper, you who "awwwwwwwww" at every last adorable polichinelle or angel. If you still need more Nutcracker in your life, The Royal Ballet is HERE. FOR. YOU. (At least through December 30!)
Company class at the Royal Ballet during 2017's World Ballet Day livestream (via YouTube)
Bunheads everywhere, rejoice! It was just announced that the always-epicWorld Ballet Day will be back for round five (FIVE) this year. And the big moment's going to be here faster than you can say "gargouillade."
No, she didn't just relevé up to that perfectly placed retiré—this is MID-TURN. (via Twitter)
Do you know a "Xerox" turner? The kind of dancer whose crazy multiple pirouettes are so perfectly balanced that they look like a single turn, carbon-copied two (or four, or eight, or thirty-two) times?
Royal Ballet superstar Marianela Núñez is one of those rare, perfect pirouette beasts, a fact you definitely already know if you follow her fouetté-filled Instagram account. But the Royal just posted a Black Swan pas de deux fouetté video that's a whole new level of impressive.
Many who suffer from depression describe feeling like they're drowning, desperately trying to keep their heads above water. In "Sink or Swim," a poetic new short film, Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward embodies that struggle in a haunting underwater ballet.
Directed by filmmaker Louis-Jack, choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds, and supported in part by the mental health charity Mind, the video "hopes to raise awareness and understanding of depression in a compelling new way," according to its description.