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    A holiday tradition for the entire family, The Nutcracker will transport you to the magical land! Join Clara and her beloved nutcracker on an enchanted journey to a place where toy soldiers and mice battle and the Sugar Plum Fairy reigns in splendor among a delightful cast of characters! Don't miss these great performances by local dance schools and professional companies! 

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    For Angel Corella, former artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Nutcracker evokes the spirit of the holiday season. “It makes you remember makes you family, being in front of the fire with cocoa, and it makes you feel happy,” he says. “I felt that the first time I saw it 20 years ago ﹘ warm inside.”


    “I understand why Americans like The Nutcracker so much since the show is like a Christmas tree, you need to have it or it is not Christmas. The entire show is a perfect score and ballet, but I like the snow when the girls come out and the stunning visual effect of the tree growing. Of course, the dance Sugar Plum Fairy is one of my favorite parts since Tchaikovsky seemed to write it so that the notes come into your heart to make you relax and feel warm in a way that is so magical.”

     

    Pictured above: Principal Dancer Brooke Moore and Soloist James Ihde rehearsing George Balachine's The Nutcracker with Artistic Director Angel Corella and Ballet Master Zachary Hench. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev. 

    George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Teaser

    Companies and schools performing The Nutcracker (and other holiday-themed dance!) this year in the Philadelphia area.

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    DANCE
    The Nutcracker
    Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
    November 16th, 2018 - November 18th, 2018
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    DANCE
    The Nutcracker Ballet
    Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet...
    November 30th, 2018 - December 2nd, 2018
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    DANCE
    ContempraDANCE Theatre's Philly Nutt Crak-Up
    ContempraDANCE Theatre Company
    November 30th, 2018 - December 2nd, 2018
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    DANCE
    Pages to Pirouettes - The Nutcracker
    Pages to Pirouettes
    December 1st, 2018
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    DANCE
    Pages to Pirouettes - The Nutcracker
    Pages to Pirouettes
    December 2nd, 2018
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    DANCE
    Pages to Pirouettes- The Nutcracker
    Pages to Pirouettes
    December 6th, 2018
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    DANCE
    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®
    Pennsylvania Ballet
    December 7th, 2018 - December 31st, 2018
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    DANCE
    The Nutcracker at Neumann University
    International Ballet Classique
    December 8th, 2018 - December 9th, 2018
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    DANCE
    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Student Matinee)
    Pennsylvania Ballet
    December 14th, 2018
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    DANCE
    New Jersey Civic Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker
    Centenary Stage Company
    December 14th, 2018 - December 16th, 2018
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    DANCE
    Nutcracker Sweets: A Swinging Sugarplum Treat
    Ballet 180
    December 15th, 2018
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    DANCE
    The Nutcracker with the Donetsk Ballet 2018
    International Ballet Exchange
    December 15th, 2018 - December 16th, 2018
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    DANCE
    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sensory Friendly Performance)
    Pennsylvania Ballet
    December 27th, 2018

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