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‘Twas the Season: Keep Audiences Coming Back Post-Nutcracker

Kids and families love Nutcracker performances (btw, did you see who won the 13th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award?)! But now that the season is over, how can we keep families coming back? Dance Magazine's Rebecca Ritzel highlights how some companies "are adding kid-friendly performances to court the same audiences who buy Nutcracker tickets." And some companies are including pre-show activities, like crafts and demonstrations. Here are a few of Ritzel's examples: In 2012, Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute debuted the...

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Long Beach Ballet Wins Goldstar National Nutcracker Award 2019

This week, Goldstar proudly announced that Long Beach Ballet is named Best Loved Nutcracker in the U.S. for 2019. This marks a back-to-back win for the Southern California-based organization, who won the Award in 2018. This year, they competed along with more than 50 companies to win the 13th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only award honoring live performances of The Nutcracker nationwide. Long Beach Ballet Artistic Director David Wilcox says, “It is an honor to have once again...

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Nominees Announced for 13th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

Goldstar has announced the nominees for the 13th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only award honoring live performances of The Nutcracker nationwide. More than 50 productions are vying for a cash prize to go towards education and accessibility programs, as well as the coveted title of Best Loved Nutcracker in the U.S. As has become tradition, the nominees represent a wide variety of genres, styles and creative themes. They include well-known ballet companies like San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet...

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Long Beach Ballet Wins 12th Annual “Nutty” Award

Long Beach Ballet has won the 12th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award! As the winner of the only award that honors live performances of the seasonal classic, Long Beach Ballet will receive a cash prize to go toward education and accessibility programs; the coveted “Nutty” statuette; and is officially named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. for 2018. This production competed in a field of more than 65 nominees to take top honors in the audience-favorite competition. “This is indeed a...

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Company XIV’s Nutcracker Rouge Wins 11th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

Company XIV has won the 11th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award, the only award which honors live performances of the seasonal classic. As winner of the audience-favorite competition, Company XIV takes home "The Nutty" statuette, a cash prize for its education/accessibility programs, and is named the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. for 2017. This production competed in the largest field of nominees in the Award’s history -- it beat out over 85 other Nutcracker-themed productions for the win. "Wow! I'm thrilled...

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Nominees Announced for 11th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

Goldstar has announced the nominees for the 11th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award. “This is the only award honoring live performances of The Nutcracker nationwide,” says Goldstar CEO, Jim McCarthy. “The nominees showcase what make this award so special. They all represent a wide variety of genres, styles and creative themes. It’s always exciting to see which one will be named 'best loved' Nutcracker in the U.S.” Nominees include well-known ballet companies like the San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet and...

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Celebrating 10 Years of The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

Goldstar has announced the nominees for the 10th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award. The only award that honors live performances of The Nutcracker nationwide is celebrating its 10th year along with a new milestone -- the most nominated productions ever. There are 80 in total. From well-known ballet companies like the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the three-time Goldstar National Nutcracker Award-winning Joffrey Ballet to the California Ballet Company’s toddler-, autism- and sensory-friendly performances, this year’s nominees showcase...

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Goldstar Announces Nominees for 9th Annual National Nutcracker Award

The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award competition has begun. More than 65 nominees across the country are competing for the “Nutty” (a statuette), which is awarded to the winning Nutcracker along with a cash prize for the company’s education programs and the honor of being able to boast, “the best loved Nutcracker in the U.S.” This is the only award honoring live performances of the holiday classic. How does a production win the Nutty? Goldstar members rate the Nutcracker-themed productions they...

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And the Winner of the 8th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is …

... A Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker!  A saucy spin on the holiday classic has beat out more than 70 other Nutcracker-themed productions. As winner of the audience-favorite competition, MBS Productions takes home “The Nutty” statuette, a cash prize for its education programs and bragging rights as the best-loved Nutcracker in the U.S. They join the ranks of past winners that include Debbie Allen Dance Academy, the Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, the Kirov Ballet and The House Theater of Chicago. “For our small...

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And the 2014 National Nutcracker Award Nominees Are …

The Goldstar National Nutcracker Award competition has begun. More than 70 nominees across the country are competing for the "Nutty" (a statuette), which is awarded to the winning Nutcracker along with a cash prize for the company's education programs and the honor of being able to boast, "the best loved Nutcracker in the U.S." This is the only award honoring live performances of the holiday classic. How does a production win the Nutty? Goldstar members rate the Nutcracker-themed productions they attend...

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