If I could have music playing during this blog, I would have the sound of sugar plums quietly dancing in the background and you could probably guess the answer... so use your imagination and hear the music to give this blog extra emphasis. ;) There is really only one answer to this question and it is the classic story of the Nutcracker. Anyone can find a Nutcracker performance not too far away either on a professional or amateur level. Either way, the Nutcracker is a classic ballet that embraces the holiday season. It can be enjoyed by the whole family (even dads!) and is truly the perfect show for a dancer to see his/her first ballet. The Nutcracker has it all with an enchanting story of a little girl in a magical world with a Nutcracker, King Mouse, and dancing sugar plums. The scenery backdrops, costumes and dancing are beautiful, and the music will take you away. (You will recognize a lot of the songs from your holiday shopping in the mall).
A quick history...a version of the Nutcracker called The Nutcracker and The Mouse King was first premiered on December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburgh to limited popularity, but the score within the ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a huge success and brought us the classic song "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." As history continued, the ballet really became famous when the world-renowned choreographer George Balachine choreographed a new version in 1954. If you have ever seen the Nutcracker it was most likely based off the choreography in Balachine’s production. It is one of the most famous ballets of today and should not be missed during the holiday season.
A professional company performing the Nutcracker will leave you breathless and in ‘awe’ but will come with a more expensive ticket. If you are looking for something a little more budget friendly, many studios do local versions of the show. For example, I have seen the San Diego Youth Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker for $15-$20, and I thought it was wonderful. At the end of the day, you can’t help but leave with that holiday nostalgia after hearing that classic music, seeing children in adorable costumes, and being impressed by the leading dance soloists.
Here are a couple professional companies offering the Nutcracker this year in the San Diego area:
Keep Dancing Over The Holidays!
Brittany White, EvOLvE Dance Director