During the final throes of Summer, many directors of American dance companies begin annual preparations for "The Nutcracker." Successfully grafted onto the American holiday season, this cultural dance phenomenon is also a huge money-maker for many companies; in 2012, New York City Ballet brought in $12 million, approximately 45 percent of their annual operating revenue.
It's not just the ballet companies that are producing "Nutcracker" either. In response to the work's popularity, companies presenting many other styles of dance have tried their hand at interpreting Tschaikovsky's 1892 score. For New York City audiences looking for a slightly more grown-up interpret...
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