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The Nutcracker should be on your list of Christmas traditions


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The Nutcracker should be on your list of Christmas traditions

By Rachel Garceau. CREATED Dec 9, 2013

The holiday season is in full swing, a season that carries with it many traditions.  For many families, that includes catching a performance of perhaps the most well-known ballet ever -- The Nutcracker. So Good Morning Idaho is taking you Out & About with Ballet Idaho.  Watch the video for an inside look at what it takes to pull off all that on-stage magic. 

Before the audience sees the amazing costumes and hears the iconic music, dancers spend weeks practicing the moves that make up the annual Nutcracker performance. For many of you, it's already a must-see during the holidays. And for those who aren't familiar with the show, the company's artistic director Peter Anastos says it might be time to add this to your list of Christmas traditions.

"There's something about it, it's magic," says Anastos.  "You know, Tchaikovsky when he wrote it, it was a huge bomb, it was a failure, the Russian audience didn't like it.  But in the U.S. it brings people together as family , it shows you the beauty and the joy of Christmas, the warmth of home.  It makes you feel like a kid."

Anastos also says, no one should be intimidated by the ballet, especially this one.  The main character is a little girl -- so kids can really relate to the story.  It also features extraordinary costumes created just for Ballet Idaho by a New York-based designer, who's had her creations appear on Broadway.

This year's Nutracker performances run December 20th through the 22nd at the Morrison Center in Boise.  For ticket info and times, just head to Ballet Idaho's website.