Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has become part of US tradition and is the introduction to the world of ballet for many Americans.

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The Nutcracker is perhaps best known for the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, which you can watch and listen to in the video above. But what is a sugar plum fairy anyway?

Read about The Nutcracker, answer questions to check your understanding, and watch more of the performance by the Bolshoi Ballet by clicking on the button below.

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If that has put you in the mood for ballet, find out about how ballet has been changing in recent years, here.

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