Theatre & Film

How Do You Dance The Nutcracker?

Two Houston Ballet dancers reveal what it’s like to dance this classic each year.

Houston Ballet dancers Nao Kusuzaki and Aaron Sharratt
Houston Ballet dancers Nao Kusuzaki and Aaron Sharratt. Photo by St. John Flynn.

Since it debuted 27 years ago, the Houston Ballet’s annual staging of Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker has been seen by over 1 million people!

This year’s run, which began the day after Thanksgiving, goes through December 28th in the Wortham Center’s Brown Theatre.

Houston Ballet Soloist Nao Kusuzaki and Corps de Ballet dancer Aaron Sharratt talk with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the joys and the challenges of having to dance 35 performances of the holiday classic.


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