The Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker remains fresh partly
because of a continual infusion of new talent that permits the
production to evolve in subtle ways. For the 2012-2013 season nearly a
third of the company dancers are new (eight out of 28), and though the
premiere on December 1st was as sure-footed as ever it included some fresh faces we hadn’t seen before in Todd Bolender’s Nutcracker.