Surviving "Nutcracker"

12-13, Features, Nutcracker

Pointe Magazine, December 2012   Dancers have a love-hate relationship withNutcracker. For many, it was the first ballet they saw; for even more, it was the first they ever performed. But, despite the nostalgia, December’s relentless marathon of shows takes a toll. If Nutcracker ... More

Ian Hussey: Taking athletic abilities to the ballet’s center stage

12-13, Interviews

Philadelphia Gay News, December 2012 In “Nutcracker: The Motion Picture,” the narrator states: “In the language of this dream, in that palace of delight, we spoke with our whole selves ... And my tall Nutcracker Cavalier had eyes only for me, for at least as long as that dream could be.” Well,... More

Pennsylvania Ballet, Behind-the-Scenes

12-13, Features

Philadelphia Style, December 2012 Barbara Weisberger still speaks fondly of the tree that became known to some as “Barbara’s Folly.” When the founder and former artistic director of Pennsylvania Ballet staged the company’s first production of The Nutcracker back in 1968, the... More

A Swan Song For A Prima Ballerina

12-13, Radio, Features, Retirement

Jim Cotter speaks with Pennsylvania Ballet Principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa.  After 16 years with the company, 11 of those in leading roles, Ochoa will retire from the stage after dancing the title role in Giselle, the ballet’s season-opening production. Listen Now >> October... More

It's Last Dance For Pennsylvania Ballet's Arantxa Ochoa

12-13, Giselle, Features, Retirement

When a great athlete retires from the game, we always hope they go out on a high note. Ballet dancers are no exception; they are as much athletes as they are artists. And like many a pro quarterback who doesn’t know when it’s time to quit, many dancers conclude their careers after their skills have... More