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NYCB Vol. 5 No. 11 - Nutcracker

[11/50] Jacques was in Hollywood shooting Seven Brides for Seven Brothers when Balanchine choreographed the Nutcracker in 1954. He recalls returning from Hollywood: "I flew into New York City and immediately dashed to the City Center Theater, arriving just in time to catch the evening’s premiere of The Nutcracker. Lincoln Kirstein gave me his seat in the first row of the mezzanine. Balanchine’s exquisite choreography raised my heart to my throat: Maria Tallchief glittered as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nicholas Magallanes made an elegant Cavalier, and Tanny stole the show as the Dew Drop."

-- Jacques d'Amboise in I Was a Dancer (affiliate link)

Jacques d'Amboise and Melissa Hayden in the Grand Pas de Deux.

Photo by Fred Fehl, 1961.

Harry Ransom Center

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