#TBT: Mariinsky Ballet’s "Waltz of the Snowflakes" (1993)

November 28, 2001

For ballet dancers, Christmastime means The Nutcracker—and endless weeks of rehearsals and performances. By the time the New Year arrives, we can stand to wait 10 more months for the next round to begin. But despite its relentless repetition, The Nutcracker remains near and dear to many dancers’ hearts, with familiar moments sparking memories of childhood.

Waltz of the Snowflakes closes Act I, with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince traveling through a world of snow towards the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky’s score sets the scene, blending both the beauty and fury of the storm. But the Mariinksy Ballet’s dancers shown here warm the stage. Their movement rushes in cyclical patterns, absorbing Clara in the most spectacular dream. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!