12 Reasons to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Boston

Valentine’s Day is a bit like a rose. The rosebud is complicated: sometimes the petals open up and share the rose’s beauty and fragrance while other times they stay tightly shut with no chance of being coaxed open. Then there is the stem with its sharp thorns.  Valentine’s Day has the chance to be that perfectly…

Jump for Joy: Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker Has Begun

Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker opened November 27th with giggles, laughter, exclamations of awe and wonder.  The Opera house filled with dreamers of all ages ready to kick off the holiday season with live music, tutus, parties, gowns, sparkles, snow, bunnies, bears, mice and more. Boston Ballet’s talented company and students from the Boston Ballet school is an…

Nutcracker: A different kind of kick-off

There is no one stronger than a ballerina.  It’s true that the sugar plum fairy is delicate, but don’t be fooled even Clara puts up a good fight against Fritz for her nutcracker.  Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker is just about to kick off at the Opera House on Friday, November 29th  Friday, November 27th.  If you…

Ballet is for Everyone: Boston Ballet Open House

Ballet is one of the greatest misunderstood sports and that is no accident because it is also an art.  Whatever the reason your child first steps into a dance studio, the power of ballet for any child, of any age, whether they dream of becoming the ethereal ballerina they’ve seen on stage or they just…

Edge of Vision: Boston Ballet Leaps off the Edge of the Expected

The sweet deep voice of the cello, the feeling of heaviness on your body as night falls and tiredness overcomes you, the joy of celebration, and the sound of an Irish jig, are all familiar to us.  It is this common ground of shared experiences that makes this particular program the perfect first step off…

Episodes with Mr. B: Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound

Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound, as I mentioned in my previous post, is a three course meal.  For me, watching Episodes, was like biting into something familiar but then not quite understanding what it was. Episodes was choreographed by George Balanchine (Mr. B) and premiered in May of 1959 with the New York City Ballet. Episodes is made…

Shades of Sound: Boston Ballet Explores Shape, Light, Sound & Form in Chroma

Ballet companies, just like museum curators, symphonies, opera companies, put together a menu of sorts for their seasons.  They offer familiar favorites, seasonal treats, and, like most contemporary chefs, try to give their diners a taste of something new, exciting and different.  Shades of Sound is an interesting program.  For me, Chroma is the amuse…

Enter to Win a Pair of Tickets to Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a story of battle, fantasy, sugary treats, Christmas gifts, wizardry, snowy scenes, and not only the magic of the holidays but also the magic of childhood.  It’s not just for dance lovers, it’s most definitely not just for girls or little dancers to enjoy.  Seeing a full snow flurry on stage indoors…