Over the years, I’m sure that there have been many floor routines to music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. I’m also relatively sure that only a few girls can really pull it off. After all, it is ballet music no matter what it sounds like. It is always widely recognized as being part of the famous winter ballet. Here are the five Nutcracker routines that I can remember at the moment. Feel free to comment if you know more.
First is Olga Mostepanova, who used the “Nutcracker Suite” back in 1983. Olga had a great presence on the floor, especially considering the fact that she was only
15 13 years old during 1983 worlds. She probably could have danced in the Nutcracker and fit in perfectly.
Simona Amanar used the “Nutcracker Mix” in 1996. Obviously, Simona was no ballerina. The tumbling was good, but the “Mix” part of her music does not cover up that a) it was technically ballet music and b) Simona could not dance. I do respect her for working through the noise that must have resulted from an american landing something as if it was nothing (unlike some people).
In early 2006, a legitimate prediction for the 2008 Russian Olympic Team could have been Irina Isayeva, Nadezdha Ivanova, Daria Elizarova, Karina Myasnikova, Elena Kokareva and Yulia Lozhecko. Of course, none of them competed in Beijing. Isayeva emerged as one of the top Russian seniors in early 2006, when she was 15 years old. She performed elegantly to her Nutcracker music, with a gorgeous close to floor passage. Although her Nutcracker music was used in the beginning of the year, she can be forgiven. It was a lovely routine.
Gabriela Dragoi preformed to a piece of music that was very similar to Amanar’s in 2008. I can’t decide who had the better routine. Dragoi’s “choreography” may have been better, but Amanar wins the tumbling competition. Dragoi, in my opinion, has a more elegant body with more potential, but Amanar had more actual dance. The Nutcracker seems out of place at the summer olympics, unless it’s really well performed.
Anastasia Grishina used her Nutcracker music, a Trans-Siberian Orchestra creation, only one time on video, and that was a small competition in Russia in 2008. Although this routine was not as elegant as her current one, it was much better than her 2007 routine, despite the fact that she was preforming to Christmas music in July. When she was 12 years old, Grishina had natural elegance, even when her music would be categorized as rock ahead of classical.