The stage version of the Hollywood classic An American in Paris combines British, French and American artistic traditions and stars Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in the roles made famous by Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly. Marie-Noelle Robert /Courtesy of Theatre du Chatelet hide caption

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The Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker features choreography by Kent Stowell and sets and costumes by the late children's book author Maurice Sendak. Angela Sterling/Pacific Northwest Ballet hide caption

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Hema Ramaswamy prepares backstage for her performance. She studied with Chitra Venkateswaran (right) for 4 1/2 years in preparation for this recital. Preston Merchant hide caption

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