An Indian folk dancer from the Zanzar Performing Arts poses with her troupe during a rehearsal for the upcoming Navratri festival in Ahmedabad. Photo credit: Sam Panthaky /AFP /Getty Images.

When "The Nutcracker" premiered in America in the 1940s, the holiday show became a perennial favorite and a reliable moneymaker for big and small ballet companies around the country. Since then, Tchaikovsky's ballet has been re-imagined innumerable times, customized to…

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