Virtual Museum

Virtual Museum

The Nutcracker

Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith as Clara with Snowmen in The Nutcracker (1976). Photo by Barry Gray.

The National Ballet performed Celia Franca’s The Nutcracker production annually from 1964 to 1994. Many young dancers who portrayed Clara went on to perform with the company, however, none has ever become a Principal Dancer to date.

Read a Toronto Star article about the "Curse of the Claras"

< Previous  Next >

Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.