The Ontario, Canada-based Linda Jamieson School of Dance offers beginning to pre-professional dance instruction. Each December, students from the Linda Jamieson School of Dance participate in Ottawa’s production of The Nutcracker Ballet.
Based on Alexandre Dumas’ “The Nutcracker of Nuremberg,” itself an adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” the ballet was written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky near the end of his life. First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1892, the two-act ballet was initially unpopular with critics and the public alike. Only after Tchaikovsky’s death did it begin to receive recognition for its originality and charm.
Arguably the ballet’s best-known music, the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy used a newly discovered instrument, the celesta, to imitate the sound of water from a fountain. The Nutcracker suite, an expression used to denote a collection of eight of the ballet’s most popular numbers, is often performed as a musical concert as as well as a Classical Ballet Production .