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    Boston Ballet’s dancing bear

    Globe photographer Essdras M Suarez got this shot of Robert Kretz’s impressive jump in full bear costume during a dress rehearsal for The Nutcracker.Boston Ballet’s dancing bear

    Boston Ballet's Robert Kretz performs a grand-jete during a Nutcracker dress rehearsal at the Opera House on November 25, 2011.
    Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

    PHOTOGRAPH BY ESSDRAS M SUAREZ

    Boston Opera House | November 25

    “I knew I had missed the harlequin doing the full split, so I was hoping to get the bear,” says Globe staff photographer Essdras M Suarez, who arrived at the Opera House while Boston Ballet’s dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker was underway. Suarez has photographed the production four or five times over the years, and the dancing teddy bear is a favorite with kids, who responded to the bear’s appearance onstage with a collective “Awww,” he says.