Tchaikovsky’s Ballet: A Staple of the Holiday Season
Anticipating the holiday magic means looking forward to family and friends, gift giving, food, drinks, and merry cheer-making. And, it’s also the time where we anticipate The Nutcracker. It’s the quintessential holiday ballet that has become synonymous with the season.
The Nutcracker was the first ballet I had ever attended. From the moment I laid eyes on Drosselmeyer, the ornate sets, glistening costumes, and remarkable choreography, my eyes were fixated on the stage. This is what makes The Nutcracker so compelling. Ballet is a unique art form and through dance, we are touched which makes it a must-see piece of holiday culture. Fortunately for those of us in the Northern Virginia region, there are a number of companies putting on Nutcracker productions.
Check out the links below to find the nearest Nutcracker Ballet to you.
Gainesville Ballet School – Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Virginia. The full-length ballet features international guest dancers, faculty and students of the award-winning arts organization.
When: Friday, Nov. 24th, 2017, 2pm and 7 pm
Academy of Russian Ballet – Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Virginia.
When: Saturday, November 25, 2017. 2pm and 6pm
Classical Ballet Theater – Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia.
When: Saturday, November 25, 2017 2:00pm, Saturday, November 25, 2016 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 26, 2017 2:00pm
Metropolitan School of the Arts – Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia. “Nutcracker in a Nutshell”, 30-minute version for younger audiences, Metropolitan School of the Arts at 5775 Barclay Road in Alexandria, VA.
When: Sunday, November 26 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra – George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax, VA. The FSO and the Fairfax Ballet present the timeless holiday classic.
When: Saturday, December 16, 4pm
Center for Ballet Arts – Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall, 4915 E Campus Dr., Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, December 16th, 3:00 & 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 17th @ 3:00 PM
Article written by Jan Johnston Osburn
Edited by Jessica Monte