One of our favorite dances from the ‘Nutcracker’ to get you in the spirit (VIDEO)

Need a quick hit of Christmas cheer? Check out this video of the Waltz of the Snowflakes from the New York City Ballet.

Waltz of the Snow Flakes in Balanchine´s Nutcracker, The NYC Ballet. Allegro-presto | Youtube

There are a few secular Christmas traditions that really ring in the season: trimming the tree, hanging the stockings, and the yearly viewings of our favorite Christmas-themed movies and shows (It’s a Wonderful Life, anyone?).

For me, I look forward to the Nutcracker each December—Christmas films may come and go, but Tschaikovsky’s music and Balanchine’s choreography are timeless, elegant, and evocative of the season’s spirit in a way that both energizes me and soothes my soul.

The ballet has been performed in New York yearly since 1954 and for many families is an annual tradition; I hope that once my boys are old enough they’ll accompany me to see Marie, the Sugarplum Fairy, the Mouse King, and the handsome Prince dance this timeless story of childlike whimsy. The sheer beauty of the music, choreography, and costumes rings in the Christmas season in a way that nothing else does. Is there a Nutcracker playing near you? Get tickets, immediately! If not, this clip of the Waltz of the Snowflakes from the New York City Ballet will have to tide you over.

Leigh Anderson
Leigh Anderson

Leigh Anderson is the author of “The Games Bible: The Rules, The Gear, The Strategies” (Workman, 2010) and has written for Vox,, and Popular Science, among others.

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