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Russian Dance from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky: The full performance

Watch the full performance of Tchaikovsky's piece by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Payare.

The story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was transformed into a magical ballet in 1892 – and is now a Christmas favourite. The enchanting narrative is full of wonderful characters and follows a young girl called Clara who is given a wooden nutcracker as a present. The two extracts from the suite give us the chance to look at two very different dances, including the whirling Russian Dance.

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