Why is the Nutcracker ballet an enduring part of the holidays?

By Louis Torres Tailfer

The Carolina Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at UNC’s Memorial Hall. (Chris Walt Photography)

As we approach Christmastime, ballet companies are preparing for the main event of their end-of-the-year programs, The Nutcracker.

What explains this work’s status as a Christmas Staple? Reporter Louis Torres Tailfer asked local ballet and art companies to explain the phenomenon.

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