Watch Dancers From the Scottish Ballet Rehearse The Nutcracker

A couple of months ago, we told you about the Scottish Ballet's behind-the-scenes video series "Uncut." At that time, we were a little bit unsure what the series would end up looking like, but now that the company has produced two videos, we're thrilled to say it looks awesome.

You know we love to watch pro dancers in class (hello, #WorldBalletDay!) but there's something extra-special about watching them in rehearsal—especially from a fly-on-the-wall perspective. In the "Uncut" videos, we get to see the dancers working on specific technique issues, committing the choreography to memory and navigating tricky partnering.

It's good to know that no matter how glamorous the company, dancers everywhere are sweating it out in the studio—and it's fascinating to see how different people learn and take corrections.

Check out the Scottish Ballet's latest video, which features the "French" dance and the "Arabian" dance from the company's Nutcracker.

 

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

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And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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