Praise for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

SAB students and NYC audiences were delighted this winter with the full return of New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Take a look back at highlights from the exciting season below.

NBC Nightly News: Kids Edition
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt hosts a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s production. Hear from Dena Abergel, SAB Faculty member and New York City Ballet Children’s Repertory Director, and a few of the 126 SAB students performing in the holiday classic.

The Wall Street Journal: ‘George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker’ Review: The Children Charm
Photo Credit: Erin Baiano/NYCB

“The return of the School of American Ballet’s students under age 12 to the perennial Lincoln Center production after a pandemic-related hiatus makes the show especially poignant and engaging.”

Read the full review.

Playbill: This Year, 108 Kids Are Dancing The Nutcracker for the First Time at New York City Ballet
Photo Credit: Erin Baiano/NYCB

After two years of restrictions, a record number of new students took to the stage this year.

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The New York Times: The Tiny Dancers Who Make ‘The Nutcracker’ Sparkle
Photo Credit: Heather Toner

“In New York City Ballet’s production this year, the children, most of them new to the show, are back to normal. Pint-size, that is.”

Read the full article.