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Oklahoma City Ballet presents 'The Nutcracker'

“The Nutcracker,” Tchaikovsky's holiday favorite, returns for an encore engagement by the Oklahoma City Ballet.
BY KATHLEEN REDWINE Modified: December 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm •  Published: December 11, 2012

One might have wished for a bit more warmth, but their dancing was exquisite. A highlight of their pas de deux was the dancing in the coda. Jung wowed the audience with a series of traveling fouettes while Tovstogray's leaps and turns covered the stage.

Outstanding in the second act variations were Yui Sato, Stephanie Foraker Pitts and Miki Kawamura in Spanish Chocolate. It was a pleasure to see them so relaxed in that particular style.

Also of note were Arianna Lawson, Leah Burge and Eri Nikai in the difficult and beautiful French Marzipan variation.

Herd and Love performed another pas de deux in the Waltz of the Flowers. Love's strong stage presence and gallant partnering provided a perfect counterpoint to Herd's delicate and youthful movement quality. Again, brava to the ladies of the corps de ballet as Flowers.

With “The Nutcracker” becoming a multigenerational tradition in Oklahoma City, it is exhilarating to see Oklahoma City Ballet continue to grow and improve, both with new dancers and with exciting new ballets.

— Kathleen Redwine

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