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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.

    Find more fun holiday events on our PNC Arts Alive Holiday Spectacular page and sign up for Funsavers to get 1/2-price tickets for more great events in Philly! 

     
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