Russian Ballet Dancers Return to Wales; PREVIEW: The Nutcracker, Rhyl Pavilion and Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

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* HE State Ballet Academy of Minsk return to Wales this week as they move into the second month of their latest UK tour.

The Russian classical ballet dancers will be staging The Nutcracker in Rhyl and Brecon just weeks after wowing audiences in Swansea.

Tchaikovsky's classic ballet has enchanted audiences for generations with its mix of music and dance. With a festive theme, it is traditionally staged at Christmas.

It was given its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg on December 18, 1892, as part of a double bill with Tchaikovsky's opera, Iolanta.

It is based on the story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice by E T A Hoffman, which follows the adventures of a young girl, Marie.

Marie, who is given a Nutcracker doll for Christmas, enters a dreamlike land of magic where she soon discovers her Nutcracker prince and dances with beautiful snowflakes.

The dancers come from Minsk, a city that is acclaimed for its folk choreography and classic dance forms.

With a population of two million it is home to the most talented young dancers of the State Ballet Academy. …