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Lindsay Fischer is the Principal Ballet Master of the National Ballet of Canada, and has been involved in hundreds of performances of The Nutcracker since he was a child. This ballet is “the most beloved, the most magical, the most precious of the entire repertoire of ballet.” Lindsay Fischer on The Nutcracker describes two different versions of the ballet, one by George Balanchine and one by James Kudelka, and in the process guides us to even more delight in the Land of Snow.


About the Author

Lindsay Fischer has long been an important presence in the National Ballet of Canada. He first came to Toronto from New York in 1974 to study at the company’s Ballet School. After graduating, he became Principal Dancer with the Dutch National Ballet, and then with the New York City Ballet.

When he was no longer performing, Fischer taught at Canada’s National Ballet School, and from there, joined the National Ballet of Canada itself, overseeing the staging of ballets by almost every notable choreographer. He has had to think deeply about every aspect of each ballet, and to convey his understanding to the dancers so they incorporate both skill and insight into their dancing.

Fischer has built up an apprentice program that attracts top young dancers, ensuring that the National Ballet will continue to have a brilliant talent pool to draw on. He is Artistic Director of YOU dance, a group that performs for young audiences, ensuring not only that the company will have dancers but also that the dancers will have an audience. 

Fischer’s ability to enhance the experience of any ballet performance has made him a popular pre-ballet speaker. This book is an expanded version of such a talk.

Details & Specs

  • Format: Paperback

  • Dimensions: 38 pages, 8.25 × 5.65 × 0.15 in

  • Published: December 16, 2018

  • Publisher: Inglewood Press

  • Language: English

  • ISBN - 13: 9780994986160