The Nutcracker Ballet is
    based on the book called
    "The Nutcracker and the
    Mouse King" written by
    E.T.A. Hoffman. 

    In 1891, the legendary
    choreographer Marius
    Petipa commissioned
    Tchaikovsky to write the
    music for the Nutcracker

    In 1892, the first showing
    of the Nutcracker
    took place at the
    Mariinsky Theatre of
    Russia, home of the
    Kirov Ballet.

    The Nutcracker made its
    way to Western Europe in
    the 1930's and to America
    by 1940, performed by
    Ballet Russe.

    The first American full
    length Nutcracker was
    performed by the
    San Francisco Ballet,
    choreographed by
    W. Christensen. The
    Nutcracker has since
    become an annual
    Holiday tradition.

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