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#TBT: 6 Pros Reveal Their Cutest Childhood "Nutcracker" Photos

San Francisco Ballet principal Joseph Walsh at age 3 as the tiny green elf in his local Nutcracker. Courtesy Walsh.

Oh, Nutcracker... It's the ballet experience that unites us all, from young student to seasoned pro. Whether you made your entrance in a mouse costume or under Mother Ginger's skirt, do you remember the choreography and costume of your very first role?

Today, six professionals share their favorite childhood Nutcracker photos and memories.


Leta Biasucci, Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal 

Courtesy Biasucci

Come mid-December, when Waltz of the Flowers plays in any public place, Balanchine's choreography doesn't so much come to mind as it is forever fixed in my body.

I grew up dancing Balanchine's The Nutcracker at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and revisited it during my time at Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Nineteen years after my debut as a blue Polichinelle, I am still rediscovering, reinterpreting, and finding nuance in Balanchine's timeless choreography.

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