It was a sunny Sunday afternoon when I met Tatiana Berenova, founder and artistic director of Secrets of Classical Ballet Academy, at her Edina studio. The space is large, open and bright—and although it was empty at the time of our meeting, it’s easy to imagine the studio filled with the graceful movements of Berenova and her ballet dancers in training. Classical music plays in the background as she tells me about her dance career—one that has spanned across years and continents.
For many families, the holiday season brings with it a mix of cherished traditions and joyful surprises, from decorating the tree while re-watching It’s a Wonderful Life to seeing the wonder in a child’s eyes when they clamber on to Santa’s lap for the first time. While there are many classic Christmas movies, stories and songs, few are as beloved as The Nutcracker, the enchanting story of young Marie and her magical journey to the land of sweets with the nutcracker prince.
Stillwater’s interpretation of a timeless classic is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season.
The St. Croix Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker has become a Stillwater-area tradition over the years. This year, it is expected to bring more holiday cheer than ever before.
“We really want to celebrate these last 25 years,” says Susan Hovey, director of St. Croix Ballet. “Every year there is something new and exciting with this show, and that’s something people really like to see.”