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English Youth Ballet - Nutcracker


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Watched this in Buxton a few months back. There was reed pipes, Arabian, Chinese, lollipops, boys did a horn pipe I think. I watched 2 EYB shows really close together so I can't quite remember if the harlequins were swan lake or nutcracker. The Spanish was a group dance in swan lake so I think it was a professional dance in nutcracker. I think the mice tend to be reed pipes two of my students were nice and reed pipes. The little dolls in act 1 were lovely. As were the snow flakes.

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I also saw the Buxton shows as DD was taking part. All the dancers appeared in the second half :-). As Bluebird says there is an Arabian dance ( 8 girls)-  en pointe, Spanish Dance - at Buxton a group of 4 girls, Dance of the Reed Pipes ( 6 girls)- en pointe, Chinese dance - younger girls and boys ( 8 I think) Sweets ( lollipop) again younger girls, Jig dance for the older  boys, Russian dance ( older girls who weren't en pointe ) and a lovely dance of the Sugar flowers - again older girls majority en pointe . 4 Sugar plum attendants featured in this - (older  more advanced dancers) There are also some fab solos and pas de deux from the Principals.  The snowflakes also were on at the start of act 2 but their main dance is in the first act . There weren't any Harlequins :-) I suspect the numbers and age groups can vary  depending on the cast .  

 

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When dd did the Nutcracker (5 or 6 years ago so it may have changed), Clara sat on a chair at the back of the stage and watched the various national dances. I don't remember any solos in Act 2 - they were all group dances of varying group size, but happy to be corrected if this has changed.

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There were no solo parts as such but the Sugar Plum attendants and one of the advanced boys had small solo/duet parts which were lovely ! I think Miss Lewis will maybe adjust  the choreography a little to allow the dancers to show their talents :-)

 

My DD was lucky enough to be Clara and at Buxton she did a 'Mime' seen at the start of Act 2 ,joined in with the Reed Pipes and also danced a little with the Sugar Flowers - mainly Clara sits on a fancy chair at the back of the stage watching the Divertissements :-) 

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