Misunderstood Concepts of Classical Ballet, Episode 1, shows the five positions of sur-le-coup-de-pied with commentary by Brooksher Ballet Artistic Director Natasha Brooksher and demonstration by Class 5 student, Molly Woodward.
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It is Christmas Eve. Family and friends have gathered in the parlor to decorate the beautiful Christmas tree in preparation for the night’s festivities. Once the tree is finished, the children stand in awe of the tree sparkling with candles and decorations, and gifts are given to all. The festivities begin, and a dance march is played. Suddenly, a mysterious figure enters the room. It is Herr Drosselmeyer, a local councilman, magician, and Clara and Fritz’s godfather. He is also a talented toymaker who has brought with him gifts for the children, including lifelike dolls who dance to the delight of all. Drosselmeyer then has the precious dolls put away for safekeeping. Clara and Fritz are sad to see the dolls taken away, but Drosselmeyer has yet another toy especially for Clara: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man, used for cracking hazelnuts. Fritz, jealous of Drosselmeyer’s attentions to his sister, purposely breaks the toy. Clara is heartbroken. Herr Drosselmeyer repairs the toy and all are sent home. That night, after everyone else has gone to bed, Clara returns to the parlor to check on her beloved nutcracker. The clock strikes midnight and suddenly, giant rats begin to fill the room and the Christmas tree begins to grow to dizzying heights. The Nutcracker also grows to life-size to rescue Clara, who finds herself in the midst of a battle between an army of toy soldiers and the rats, led by the Rat King. As the Rat King advances on the Nutcracker, Clara throws her slipper at him, distracting him long enough for the Nutcracker to attack and push the Rat King into a trap. The rats retreat and Drosselmeyer transforms the Nutcracker into a handsome Prince. He leads Clara through the moonlit night to The Land of the Snow where The Snow Queen gifts Clara and her Prince with an ice crystal sleigh and her snowflakes dance around them. Clara and the Prince travel in the sleigh to the beautiful Land of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Prince’s place until his return. The Prince recounts for the Sugar Plum Fairy how he had been saved by Clara from the Rat King and had been transformed back into a Prince. In honor of the young heroine, a celebration of sweets from around the world is produced: Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabian and Danish sweets all dance for their amusement, as well as the Court Jesters, and a string of beautiful flowers perform a waltz. To conclude the night, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier perform a dance. Clara and the Prince join in a dance by all the sweets, in a final celebration. Soon, however, the people of the land of the sweets begin to disappear one by one, until the Nutcracker Prince himself disappears, and Clara is found sleeping in the parlor. The Nutcracker Doll is still stands in the center of the parlor where Clara left him. Clara awakes, thinking it was all a dream, but then finds her crown sitting beside her, leading her to question if it really was just a dream. She takes her Nutcracker, going back to sleep….if it was all a dream, she wishes to keep dreaming forever.
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