Maryellen Olson, SF Ballet, Nutcracker 'Snowflake' 2011

Maryellen Olson, SF Ballet, Nutcracker 'Snowflake' 2011 Dance Commentary by Heather Desaulniers: "Nutcracker" - San Francisco Ballet

S.F. Nutcrackers Ballet

"Snow Flake" Wan Ting Zhao in The Nutcracker by Helgi Tomasson (San Francisco Ballet) Photo © Erik Tomasson

Shannon Marie Rugani, Corps de Ballet    Bay Area native Shannon received all of her ballet training at the SF Ballet School, becoming an SFB apprentice and then joining the company as a corps de ballet member in 2005. (Image © Erik Tomasson)

Shannon Marie Rugani Corps de Ballet Bay Area native Shannon received all of her ballet training at the SF Ballet School becoming an SFB apprentice and then joining the company as a corps de ballet member in (Image © Erik Tomasson)

Sofiane Sylve as Dewdrop, New York City Ballet's Nutcracker.   Photo (c) Paul Kolnik.

Sofiane Sylve as Dewdrop in "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" Photo credit: Paul Kolnik

ABT's "The Nutcracker"

Signs of Choreographic Life: Alexei Ratmansky and Mark Morris

Periodically ballet is pronounced dead. But the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky shows that’s not true.

Staatsballett Berlin in The Nutcracker. Bettina Stoess.

Artists of Staatsballett Berlin as snowflakes in the Waltz of the Snowflakes from the company's reconstruction of The Nutcracker (based on the original). Photo by Bettina Stoess

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