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Nutcracker Ballet | Arizona Snow Flakes & Dancers

Posted by / December 9, 2015 / Categories: Performance / 0 Comments

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Living in Arizona’s East Valley, we don’t experience much for winter. Thankfully, with The Nutcracker ballet, we can enjoy a bit of snow during the holiday season. The dancers drift along the stage like lovely graceful snowflakes and flurries. Lacy tutus, jewelled bodices, and intricate headpieces adorn the ballerinas transforming them into delicate and lovely winter wonders. Magic happens while these talented ladies dance on pointe across the floor. The lighting, the fog, and the falling snow really sweep the audience into a whole new place.

The snow scene, in The Nutcracker ballet, has always been my favorite. As a child, I was always mesmerized by the ballerinas in white. Drawn to the glitz of their costumes. Wondering how they did what they did in those pointe shoes. As an adult, I am still in awe. The hard work these dancers do to make a piece look effortless and yet so stunning is inspiring. Don’t get me wrong, the glitzy costumes still peek my interest too.

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The dancers at Ballet Etudes do a marvelous job during all twelve of their shows. Audience members are sure to be delighted to experience this type of snow in Arizona. If you’d like to take your family to a performance, you can catch them in two separate East Valley locations; Chandler Center for the Arts and Mesa Arts Center.

Nutcracker Ballet | Arizona Battle Beneath the Branches

Posted by / December 8, 2015 / Categories: Performance / 0 Comments

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“While the cat’s away, the mice will play.” The same can be said for those mice once the guest have left the Stahlbaum’s annual Christmas party. Clara wakes in the middle of the night and is transported to a magical land where toys battle those pesky mice beneath the tree branches. Thankfully the Nutcracker has been brought to life and rescues Clara from the Mouse King and his minions.

Ballet Etudes’ dancers do a fantastic job of bringing the magic of The Nutcracker story to life. Dancers as young as seven grace the stage as baby mice and baby dolls during the fight scene. Older dancers join the battle as either mice or soldiers. They fill the stage with big personality, action packed choreography, and eye catching costumes. Makes you wonder battles happen beneath Christmas tree branches every year.

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Mesa Arts Center and Chandler Center for the Arts are the perfect venues for this epic battle. The dancers of Ballet Etudes captivate audience members during their three weekends full of performances of The Nutcracker ballet.

Nutcracker Ballet | Arizona Dancers & Dolls

Posted by / December 7, 2015 / Categories: Performance / 0 Comments

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No Christmas party would be complete without gifts. Thankfully Herr Drosselmeyer brought out two amazing dancing dolls while attending the Stahlbaum party. The ballerinas who perform as the beautiful mechanical doll and soldier delight the audience. They bring a bit of magic to the stage when they are brought to life with a turn of the key. The guests are impressed and awed as the two ballerinas dance gracefully on the tips of their toes in pointe shoes. They provide the perfect opening before the man of the hour arrives.

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The Nutcracker; the guest of honor. Herr Drosselmeyer unveiled his handcrafted gift with pizzazz. Clara couldn’t help but be impressed. She danced around the party showing off her nutcracker. Her friends join in on the celebration with their own little dolls. Fritz, Clara’s brother tries to steal him away. Thankfully, the Nutcracker is kept safe in Clara’s arms throughout the night.

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If you want to catch Arizona dancers put on a spectacular show, I highly recommend Ballet Etudes The Nutcracker. A performance full of magic, intrigue, and talent. This annual event can be see starting in late November at Chandler Center for the Arts. Mid December, the show moves to Mesa Arts Center. Between the twelve shows, over three weekends, there’s sure to be an opportunity for you to bring your family. Make sure you come out and support local dancers this holiday season.


Nutcracker Ballet | Arizona Christmas Party

Posted by / December 4, 2015 / Categories: Performance / 0 Comments


The Stahlbaum Christmas party is well underway. The house is decked out and the guests are wearing their absolute best. Attending a performance of The Nutcracker  is like having a personal invitation to the fun. The beautiful costumes, talented dancers, lovely stage design and lighting while set to Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a feast for the senses.

With how professional this production is, it’s hard to believe that the majority of the dancers are only children. Kids as young as seven take to the stage to be one of the characters in this ballet. Many more will sit in the audience and watch in wonderment of the magic that unfolds before them. It is truly a great way to introduce your family to the ballet.


Ballet Etudes puts on a spectacular show at two separate venues in the valley; Chandler Center for the Arts and Mesa Arts Center.  There twelve shows over three weekends, starting on Black Friday. So many opportunities to start a new holiday tradition. Bring your little dancers and ballerinas, and/or kids young and old, to experience the ballet. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Dance Performance and it’s a Party at the Ballet!

Dance Performance and it’s a Party at the Ballet!

Posted by / December 3, 2015 / Categories: Performance / 0 Comments

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Be transported to the Stahlbaum house just in time for their annual Christmas party. Make yourself comfortable and join in on the fun. There is sure to be dancing and maybe even a little magic. Families and friends will gather together in what is sure to become a holiday tradition.


If dancing on a stage isn’t your thing, no worries! Take a seat and enjoy what is sure to be a wonderful performance. Ballet Etudes transforms Chandler Center for the Arts, and Mesa Arts Center, into a picture perfect setting for The Nutcracker Ballet. The dancers put on twelve shows over three weekends,starting on Black Friday. There are many opportunities to bring your little dancers and ballerinas, or just kids young and old, to experience the ballet. The beautiful costumes, the lovely choreography, the graceful ballet dancers all set to the classic score of Tchaikovsky is breathtaking to watch.


Photographing a dance performance is so thrilling to me as an artist! There is something so magical about seeing the hard work realized under the stage lights. And, having my two passions, music and photography, come to life in a set of photos is just so fulfilling.