Ahhhh....my favorite piece by Tchaikovsky--the Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker. My beautiful grandmother Mimi (as I called her), Babe was a dancer and ballet teacher and would play this for me when I was very small. She taught me various steps and this particular piece is so haunting and reminds me of her.
Stephen and I have seen The Nutcracker several times together and will see it again this month. My wonderful friend Cyndy's granddaughter, Taylor is a Toy Soldier this year in her ballet company's production. Last year, she was the Teddy Bear.