A conversation with Kristi Yamaguchi, host of Great Performances Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker

Olympic Gold Medal–winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, a Bay Area native and winner of the sixth season of ABC 's Dancing with the Stars, introduces the Nutcracker special. A co-production of KQED and the San Francisco Ballet, in association with Thirteen/WNET New York.

In a recent visit to the San Francisco Ballet, Kristi recalled her own Nutcracker memories.

Do you remember the first time you saw the San Francisco Ballet's production of Nutcracker?

I do remember that as a young girl my mother took me and my sister to see the Nutcracker, and it became a holiday tradition. It was something we really looked forward to. It symbolized the holidays, and it was beautiful and enchanting.

It was also quite impressive for a little girl, with all that magic and sparkle, thrilling music—and those costumes! I think that's when I fell in love with performing.

I'm looking forward to taking my two young daughters to see the San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker this year.


To hear more about Kristi's holiday traditions, her experience dancing weekly on live television, an exciting local project her Always Dream Foundation is working on and more, watch the video of the complete interview.

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