Spotlight: Nutcracker Prince vs. Mouse King

Go behind the scenes as the Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King get ready for the season's biggest showdown.

Spotlight: Nutcracker Prince vs. Mouse King

In a battle between the Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King, who will prevail? Watch their long-standing rivalry play out as they train for their epic face-off and the ultimate prize—possession of the Castle of the Snow King and Queen.

In a battle between the Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King, who will prevail? Watch their long-standing rivalry play out as they train for their epic face-off and the ultimate prize—possession of the Castle of the Snow King and Queen.

Spotlight: Getting Ready for The Nutcracker

Peek inside the prep for Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and get ready for the magic to unfold on stage.

Spotlight: Getting Ready for The Nutcracker

The Boston Opera House buzzes with behind-the-scenes preparations before the curtain opens on The Nutcracker. From the sparkling sets and costumes to the final moments backstage, get swept away in the magical making of this beloved holiday tradition.

Video by Ernesto Galan

The Boston Opera House buzzes with behind-the-scenes preparations before the curtain opens on The Nutcracker. From the sparkling sets and costumes to the final moments backstage, get swept away in the magical making of this beloved holiday tradition.

Video by Ernesto Galan

The Nutcracker Russian Dance

Catch a glimpse of the fast-paced and thrilling Russian Dance of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker Russian Dance

Catch a glimpse of the fast-paced and thrilling Russian Dance of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Catch a glimpse of the fast-paced and thrilling Russian Dance of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Spotlight: Clara's Enchanted Journey

Follow Clara on her magical adventure to the Kingdom of the Nutcracker Prince where her wildest dreams come to life.

Spotlight: Clara's Enchanted Journey

The clock strikes midnight, a tree magically grows, and a young girl is transformed by her enchanted adventure to the Kingdom of the Nutcracker Prince. Join Clara on a remarkable journey that will leave you wondering, was it all a dream?

Video by Ernesto Galan

The clock strikes midnight, a tree magically grows, and a young girl is transformed by her enchanted adventure to the Kingdom of the Nutcracker Prince. Join Clara on a remarkable journey that will leave you wondering, was it all a dream?

Video by Ernesto Galan

Spotlight: Ji Young Chae as Dew Drop

Get Principal Dancer Ji Young Chae’s perspective on performing the dazzling role of Dew Drop in The Nutcracker.

Spotlight: Ji Young Chae as Dew Drop

Principal Dancer Ji Young Chae shares her magical memories of performing the role of Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. Discover how she feels in the exhilarating moments before stepping on stage to lead the Waltz of the Flowers.   

Video by Ernesto Galan

Principal Dancer Ji Young Chae shares her magical memories of performing the role of Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. Discover how she feels in the exhilarating moments before stepping on stage to lead the Waltz of the Flowers.   

Video by Ernesto Galan

Inside Look: Mother Ginger's Polichinelles

Go behind the scenes of The Nutcracker's larger-than-life spectacle with the students of Boston Ballet School. 

Inside Look: Mother Ginger's Polichinelles

Mother Ginger's playful Polichinelles are performed by the students of Boston Ballet School. Discover how they keep hidden under her enormous hoop skirt before emerging to the surprise and delight of the audience. 

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Mother Ginger's playful Polichinelles are performed by the students of Boston Ballet School. Discover how they keep hidden under her enormous hoop skirt before emerging to the surprise and delight of the audience. 

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Kids React: The Nutcracker

Discover this beloved holiday classic through the eyes of our youngest fans. 

Kids React: The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is filled with magical moments to delight audiences of all ages. Hear from our youngest fans on their favorites, from the enchanting dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to the lighthearted dancing bear.

Video by Ernesto Galan

The Nutcracker is filled with magical moments to delight audiences of all ages. Hear from our youngest fans on their favorites, from the enchanting dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to the lighthearted dancing bear.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Spotlight: Snow Queen

Get a dancer's perspective on The Nutcracker from the wings.

Spotlight: Snow Queen

Boston Ballet's Principal Dancer Lia Cirio takes you behind-the-scenes for a dancer's perspective on The Nutcracker from the wings.
Video by Ernesto Galan

Boston Ballet's Principal Dancer Lia Cirio takes you behind-the-scenes for a dancer's perspective on The Nutcracker from the wings.
Video by Ernesto Galan

Spotlight: Sugar Plum Fairy

Principal Dancer Ashley Ellis on what the role of Sugar Plum Fairy means to her. 

Spotlight: Sugar Plum Fairy

"There's just something about this ballet that's extra special." - Ashley Ellis
Go behind the scenes with Principal Dancer Ashley Ellis as she shares the magic that goes into bringing the Sugar Plum Fairy to life. 
Video by Ernesto Galan 

"There's just something about this ballet that's extra special." - Ashley Ellis
Go behind the scenes with Principal Dancer Ashley Ellis as she shares the magic that goes into bringing the Sugar Plum Fairy to life. 
Video by Ernesto Galan 

Spotlight: Drosselmeier in The Nutcracker

Get Principal Dancer Lasha Khozashvili’s perspective on dancing the role of Drosselmeier in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.

Spotlight: Drosselmeier in The Nutcracker

Go behind the scenes to see the magic of The Nutcracker unfold. Principal Dancer Lasha Khozashvili shares an inside look at the role of Drosselmeier, Clara’s beloved uncle who sets her enchanted journey to The Nutcracker Prince’s kingdom in motion.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Go behind the scenes to see the magic of The Nutcracker unfold. Principal Dancer Lasha Khozashvili shares an inside look at the role of Drosselmeier, Clara’s beloved uncle who sets her enchanted journey to The Nutcracker Prince’s kingdom in motion.

Video by Ernesto Galan

A Day in the Life: Corina Gill

Follow Second Soloist Corina Gill and see what it takes to train as a Boston Ballet dancer.

A Day in the Life: Corina Gill

Follow Second Soloist Corina Gill and see what it takes to train as a Boston Ballet dancer.
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Video by Ian Travis Bernard

Oct 25, 2015

Follow Second Soloist Corina Gill and see what it takes to train as a Boston Ballet dancer.
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Video by Ian Travis Bernard

On Stage: The Nutcracker

See the magic on stage and make memories with the ones you love

On Stage: The Nutcracker

An annual holiday tradition The Nutcracker captures the imagination and transports you to a world of magic.
Video by Ernesto Galan

An annual holiday tradition The Nutcracker captures the imagination and transports you to a world of magic.
Video by Ernesto Galan

Paulo Arrais

Meet Principal Dancer Paulo Arrais
 

Paulo Arrais

Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Paulo Arrais talks about what ballet and dancing in Boston means to him.
Video by Ernesto Galan
 

Boston Ballet Principal Dancer Paulo Arrais talks about what ballet and dancing in Boston means to him.
Video by Ernesto Galan
 

The 2017-2018 Season

A season of works by the world's most acclaimed choreographers past and present.  

The 2017-2018 Season

Thrill to works by the world's most acclaimed choreographers past and present.  
Video by: Ernesto Galan
(Footage courtesy of Boston Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Thrill to works by the world's most acclaimed choreographers past and present.  
Video by: Ernesto Galan
(Footage courtesy of Boston Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet)

On stage: Kylián/Wings of Wax

“...visually provocative and outright entertaining.”

On stage: Kylián/Wings of Wax

The Improper Bostonian describes Kylián/Wings of Wax as “...visually provocative and outright entertaining.” Watch the trailer and see what all the buzz is about. Join us at the Boston Opera House, now through Apr 2. Video by Ernesto Galan

The Improper Bostonian describes Kylián/Wings of Wax as “...visually provocative and outright entertaining.” Watch the trailer and see what all the buzz is about. Join us at the Boston Opera House, now through Apr 2. Video by Ernesto Galan

On stage: Boston Ballet Presents Robbins/The Concert

Catch a glimpse of opening night 2017...

On stage: Boston Ballet Presents Robbins/The Concert

Watch this video to catch a glimpse of opening night of the 2016-2017 season finale Robbins/The Concert. 
Video by Ernesto Galan 

Watch this video to catch a glimpse of opening night of the 2016-2017 season finale Robbins/The Concert. 
Video by Ernesto Galan 

Onstage: Boston Ballet presents Parts In Suite

Watch the trailer for Parts In Suite. 

Onstage: Boston Ballet presents Parts In Suite

Watch the trailer for Boston Ballet’s Parts In Suite, featuring works by three lauded choreographers. Justin Peck’s In Creases brings intricate geometries to life on stage, William Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2018 is an invention on boundless energy and non-stop dance, and Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites is at once spacious and intimate.  

Video by Ernesto Galan

Watch the trailer for Boston Ballet’s Parts In Suite, featuring works by three lauded choreographers. Justin Peck’s In Creases brings intricate geometries to life on stage, William Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2018 is an invention on boundless energy and non-stop dance, and Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites is at once spacious and intimate.  

Video by Ernesto Galan

Onstage: Boston Ballet presents Cinderella

Watch the trailer for Cinderella

Onstage: Boston Ballet presents Cinderella

The timeless story of a young woman overcoming hardship (and a lost slipper) to find her true love is sure to set your heart soaring.

Video by Ernesto Galan 

The timeless story of a young woman overcoming hardship (and a lost slipper) to find her true love is sure to set your heart soaring.

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Onstage: Boston Ballet Presents Classic Balanchine

Watch the trailer for Classic Balanchine, featuring three highlights of George Balanchine’s storied and prolific career. 

Onstage: Boston Ballet Presents Classic Balanchine

Watch the trailer for Classic Balanchine, and explore George Balanchine’s enduring legacy with three distinct career highlights. Drawing inspiration from biblical stories (Prodigal Son) to his personal relationship with great composers (Stravinsky Violin Concerto) to ballet’s origins in opera (Chaconne), each of his ballets conjures a unique and riveting world.

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Watch the trailer for Classic Balanchine, and explore George Balanchine’s enduring legacy with three distinct career highlights. Drawing inspiration from biblical stories (Prodigal Son) to his personal relationship with great composers (Stravinsky Violin Concerto) to ballet’s origins in opera (Chaconne), each of his ballets conjures a unique and riveting world.

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Onstage: Boston Ballet Presents La Sylphide

Watch an exciting preview of Bournonville’s La Sylphide paired with highlights from his best-loved works. 

Onstage: Boston Ballet Presents La Sylphide

Get an exciting, on-stage preview of August Bournonville’s romantic masterpiece La Sylphide paired with Bournonville Divertissements, a series of highlights from the choreographer’s many beloved but rarely performed works.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Get an exciting, on-stage preview of August Bournonville’s romantic masterpiece La Sylphide paired with Bournonville Divertissements, a series of highlights from the choreographer’s many beloved but rarely performed works.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Onstage: Boston Ballet Presents Genius at Play

Watch the trailer for Genius at Play, celebrating 100 years of ballet and Broadway legend Jerome Robbins.

Onstage: Boston Ballet Presents Genius at Play

Catch a thrilling on-stage preview of Genius at Play. This playful program celebrates the centennial of legendary ballet and Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins with three of his greatest hits: Fancy FreeInterplay, and Glass Pieces.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Catch a thrilling on-stage preview of Genius at Play. This playful program celebrates the centennial of legendary ballet and Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins with three of his greatest hits: Fancy FreeInterplay, and Glass Pieces.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Mischa Santora

Meet Music Director Mischa Santora

Mischa Santora

Get to know Music Director Mischa Santora and discover how together with Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, he plans to further Boston Ballet’s commitment to live music.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Get to know Music Director Mischa Santora and discover how together with Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, he plans to further Boston Ballet’s commitment to live music.

Video by Ernesto Galan

On stage: Full on Forsythe

Preview a daring and joyful program that fuses classic ballet and pop music, by the ever-inventive choreographer William Forsythe. 

On stage: Full on Forsythe

Full on Forsythe features the newest works by William Forsythe, widely considered one of the most important choreographers working today. Get an exciting, on-stage look at the event that will have everyone talking.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Full on Forsythe features the newest works by William Forsythe, widely considered one of the most important choreographers working today. Get an exciting, on-stage look at the event that will have everyone talking.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Spotlight: Move Beyond the Ordinary

Discover the inspiration behind the 2019-2020 season.

Spotlight: Move Beyond the Ordinary

Get inspired to move beyond the ordinary and add an element of the unexpected to everyday life. Go behind the scenes for an exclusive look at the vision behind the 2019-2020 season, brought to brilliant life in collaboration with award-winning costume designer and choreographer Stephen Galloway.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Get inspired to move beyond the ordinary and add an element of the unexpected to everyday life. Go behind the scenes for an exclusive look at the vision behind the 2019-2020 season, brought to brilliant life in collaboration with award-winning costume designer and choreographer Stephen Galloway.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Spotlight: Children at the ballet

A visit to the ballet opens up a world of imagination.

Spotlight: Children at the ballet

Attending the ballet gives the youngest fans among us the opportunity to explore different cultures and expand their already active imaginations. Discover what a visit to the theater looks like through the eyes of a child. 

Video and animation by Erin Barry

Erin Barry is a senior at Wellesley High School and enjoys drawing and painting in her free time. She started animating during her junior year with a project called "Riley" (after her dog) which received an honorable mention in the animation category of the Scholastic Art Awards. Since then, she has fallen in love with animating, and was honored to do this project with Boston Ballet.

Attending the ballet gives the youngest fans among us the opportunity to explore different cultures and expand their already active imaginations. Discover what a visit to the theater looks like through the eyes of a child. 

Video and animation by Erin Barry

Erin Barry is a senior at Wellesley High School and enjoys drawing and painting in her free time. She started animating during her junior year with a project called "Riley" (after her dog) which received an honorable mention in the animation category of the Scholastic Art Awards. Since then, she has fallen in love with animating, and was honored to do this project with Boston Ballet.

Spotlight: rEVOLUTION

Explore works by three choreographers who revolutionized ballet.

Spotlight: rEVOLUTION

This dynamic program showcases three choreographers who transformed the world of ballet. George Balanchine’s daring, powerhouse collaboration with Igor Stravinsky Agon; Broadway and ballet legend Jerome Robbins’ late-career masterwork Glass Pieces; and William Forsythe’s electrifying, global sensation In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.

This dynamic program showcases three choreographers who transformed the world of ballet. George Balanchine’s daring, powerhouse collaboration with Igor Stravinsky Agon; Broadway and ballet legend Jerome Robbins’ late-career masterwork Glass Pieces; and William Forsythe’s electrifying, global sensation In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.

On stage: Boston Ballet presents Rhapsody

Watch the trailer for Rhapsody, a program bursting with rarely-seen works and poignant premieres.

On stage: Boston Ballet presents Rhapsody

Catch a thrilling on-stage preview of Rhapsody. This dynamic program includes an emotional trio of short works by Soviet-era choreographer Leonid Yakobson, a brilliant masterpiece by George Balanchine, and a thought-provoking world premiere by Principal Dancer Paulo Arrais.

Video by Ernesto Galan

Catch a thrilling on-stage preview of Rhapsody. This dynamic program includes an emotional trio of short works by Soviet-era choreographer Leonid Yakobson, a brilliant masterpiece by George Balanchine, and a thought-provoking world premiere by Principal Dancer Paulo Arrais.

Video by Ernesto Galan

On stage: Giselle

Watch the trailer for Giselle

On stage: Giselle

This haunting tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness is hailed as the crowning achievement of the Romantic era.

Video by Ernesto Galan 

This haunting tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness is hailed as the crowning achievement of the Romantic era.

Video by Ernesto Galan 

Spotlight: ChoreograpHER Initiative

Discover Boston Ballet's program dedicated to supporting and celebrating the voices of women artists.

Spotlight: ChoreograpHER Initiative

Boston Ballet's ChoreograpHER Initiative establishes a model for female students and professional dancers to develop their choreographic skills by investing in works by female artists. Hear how Boston Ballet is creating long-overdue opportunity for women in the dance world and how audiences benefit from seeing their new works. 

Video by Ernesto Galan

Boston Ballet's ChoreograpHER Initiative establishes a model for female students and professional dancers to develop their choreographic skills by investing in works by female artists. Hear how Boston Ballet is creating long-overdue opportunity for women in the dance world and how audiences benefit from seeing their new works. 

Video by Ernesto Galan

Capturing the Essence of Ballet Students

To capture the diversity of the student body, Boston Ballet School enlisted the help of artist Andrea Selby

Capturing the Essence of Ballet Students

“We wanted images that would transcend race, gender, age, everything, and represent the joy of dancing, the visceral experience of being a part of Boston Ballet School.” –Margaret Tracey, Director of Boston Ballet School     

Video by Ernesto Galan

“We wanted images that would transcend race, gender, age, everything, and represent the joy of dancing, the visceral experience of being a part of Boston Ballet School.” –Margaret Tracey, Director of Boston Ballet School     

Video by Ernesto Galan

Ballet 101: Basic Positions

Discover the foundation of ballet technique: the basic feet and arm positions. 

Ballet 101: Basic Positions

Soloist Addie Tapp and Artist Tyson Clark demonstrate the basic feet and arm positions of ballet. Learn the basics and discover how they form the building blocks of more complex movement. 

Video by Ernesto Galan

Soloist Addie Tapp and Artist Tyson Clark demonstrate the basic feet and arm positions of ballet. Learn the basics and discover how they form the building blocks of more complex movement. 

Video by Ernesto Galan