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By Tanya Rivero
The Wall Street Journal
December 12, 2014


[New York City, New York, USA] – “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” has been one of New York’s beloved annual Christmas traditions since 1954 when the New York City Ballet first produced the work.

There are 32 roles for boys in two casts of the ballet company’s production. Yet ever since that inaugural production of the classic, girls have had to fill many of those roles, their hair fastened tightly beneath their caps.

In more recent years, the dearth of boys for male roles has eased.

This season, all the roles intended for boys are being danced by boys, and auditions have gotten more competitive as interest has grown. And the ballet company’s affiliated school, the School of American Ballet, which offers free tuition to boys, has seen a jump in enrollment in recent years.

A wonderful problem,” says Dena Abergel, City Ballet’s children’s ballet master, who casts and rehearses the Nutcracker children. “It’s definitely more competitive, which can be especially good for boys.”

Here’s a look at the changing face of the iconic production.

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Striving to become the next Darcey Bussell or Wayne Sleep takes hours of dedication, determination – and heavy financial investment. Emily Woodrow speaks to five young Welsh dancers with a dream to succeed in the ballet world and discovers the major sacrifices that they and their families have made.

Read more: Blood, sweat & blisters





By Teenvogue


In this exclusive new series, follow six talented students as they strive for stardom at the School of American Ballet. With unprecedented access, you’ll go behind the scenes and inside the studio to see what it’s really like trying to land a spot on the prestigious Lincoln Center stage.




Scenes from the Boys’ Dance Summer School, January 2014 at Shore School Sydney, with tutors Steven Heathcote, Bill Pengelly and Jason Duff.

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Drew Minard on set of the music video Cherry on Top (Thomas Wolfe Northcut) 2014-01b

The 2013 Ballet finalist performance by David Preciado at the Spotlight Awards Gala presented by The Music Center of Los Angeles.




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A Special Gift (ABC After School Special 1979) is the story of  a 14 year-old basketball star who has been secretly studing ballet and his concern about what his peers may think when they find out.

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The Boys Program is a tuition-free course that was developed by Peter Martins at the School of American Ballet. (Introduction by Peter Martins, Cameron Dieck and  Jack Soto on teaching boys and commentary by the boys)

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By Terra King
Terra’s Independent Voice
February 6, 2014

todancelikeaman_videocoverFirst Run Features has released a documentary entitled “To Dance Like a Man.” This film revolves around three little boys, identical triplets, who want to be professional ballet dancers. They wish to someday attend ‘The National Ballet School of Cuba‘ which is a very prestigious school that only accepts a few people a year to learn dance and perhaps become a world famous dancer.

Angle, Cesar and Marcos, age 11 are followed around both at home and at school.

It is explained that Cuba is a country that loves their ballet. The viewer is shown the best dancers in the school, all of which want a chance to be in the big show, the national school. The dancers are interviewed and at the end of the film, you see which students made the cut and who didn’t.

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© 2014 Terras Independent Voice

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