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Nutcracker: A Holiday Activity For Kids

Posted by Brittany White on Dec 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

holidays_christmas_costumes1.jpgThe holiday season is here once again! Ahh, I sure have missed this wonderful time of the year with steaming hot cups of cocoa, warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, and all-around jolly holiday cheers. I’m sure all of you have missed this magical time spent with loved ones just as much as I have. With the holiday season, an amazing opportunity for some holiday activities for kids and the whole family also arrives.

The perfect music to accompany this post would have to be the sound of sugar plums quietly dancing in the background. You can probably guess exactly which song I’m talking about! Use your imagination and hear the music in your head to give this post some extra emphasis! Did you guess what it is? If you were thinking of the Nutcracker story, then you guessed correctly!

The watching the classic ballet performance that goes hand-in-hand with the song is a perfect holiday activity for kids and the whole family.  In this holiday season, anyone can find a Nutcracker performance in his or her local dance studios not too far away.

The Nutcracker embraces the spirit of the holiday season and is an enjoyable holiday activity for kids! The whole family (even dads!) can enjoy it and also dancers can identify some of the moves they learned from our dance classes!

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 absolutely gorgeous, and the music will simply take you away. (Plus, you’ll be able to recognize a
lot of these songs from your holiday shopping).

holidays_christmas_costumes.jpgTo give you a brief history: The first version of the Nutcracker called The Nutcracker and The Mouse King premiered on December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburgh to limited popularity. However, the score within the ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was the huge success that brought us the classic song "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." As the years progressed, 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. The Nutcracker is one of the most famous ballets in present time and is a great holiday activity for kids and the whole family  that should not be missed during the holiday season.

In terms of showings, a professional company performing the Nutcracker will leave you breathless and in awe; however, it will come with a more expensive ticket. If you, like many of us, are looking for something a little more budget friendly, many local dance studios do versions of the show. For example, I have seen the San Diego Youth Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker for $15-$20, and thought it was wonderful. At the end of the day, no matter what price you pay, you can’t help but leave the show with holiday nostalgia after hearing familiar classical music, seeing children in adorable costumes, and getting impressed by the leading dance soloists.

Here are a couple professional companies offering the Nutcracker this year in the San Diego area:

City Ballet of San Diego

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

California Ballet

Moscow Ballet

West Coast Ballet Theatre

Nutcracker this year in Chicago area with pricing details

Keep Dancing Over The Holidays!

Tags: Holiday Dance Performances, dance recital, dance performance