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NYCB Vol. 5 No. 49 - Nutcracker


Suzy Pilarre recently reached out to me to share her history with the Nutcracker: "In 1958, at 10 I was brought to SAB by Melissa Hayden who was my teacher at the school she opened in Long Island. That year I did party scene and Polichinelle and also the Playhouse 90 production with Mr. B as Drosselmeier. I did hoops and in those years the Angels were big and I did that too. At 15 I was in the company doing grandma, Snow, and Spanish. Later I did Marzipan, Demi Flowers and lead Marzipan. Both of my daughters were in it and as of now I’ve taught every female and most of males dancing in it today. So it’s been a part of my life for 64 years."

(left) Susan Pilarre in Waltz of the Flowers. Photo by Martha Swope, 1974.

(center) Susan Pilarre as Lead Marzipan. Photo by Martha Swope, 1978.

(right) Susan Pilarre as a Polichinelle. Photo by Martha Swope, 1958.

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