The holiday season is almost upon us once again! With the holiday season comes the amazing opportunity for some activities that the whole family will enjoy.
For us, no holiday season would be complete without catching a performance of The Nutcracker. In this holiday season, anyone can find a Nutcracker performance, be it on a professional or amateur level.
Either way, The Nutcracker embraces the spirit of the holiday season. It is 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 gorgeous. Meanwhile, the music will simply take you away.
The first version 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 a huge success. It gave us the classic song Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The ballet really became famous when world-renowned choreographer George Balachine choreographed a new version in 1954.
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 are looking for something a little more budget-friendly, many local dance studios stage versions of the show.
For example, we 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, you can’t help but leave with that holiday nostalgia after hearing that classical music, seeing children in adorable costumes, and being impressed by the leading dance soloists.