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Nutcracker Performances In DC, Maryland, And Northern Virginia

Nothing says Christmas like the Nutcracker ballet.  There are several performances through out the DC area that you don’t miss it!

Washington, DC:

American Ballet Theatre: “The Nutcracker”

American Ballet Theatre performs Alexei Ratmansky’s production–“[it] seizes your attention…like no other” (The New York Times)–of Tchaikovsky’s family holiday classic.

American Ballet (Photo Credit: www.travelandleisure.com)

Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director

with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra,
the Norwood Middle School Choir (Bethesda, MD), and the National Cathedral School Choir (Washington, DC)

Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“A production like no other. Funny and touching…the entertainment level doesn’t flag.”
The New York Times

“ABT has itself a holiday winner.”
–Vanity Fair

Magical toy soldiers, shimmering snowflakes, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s whimsical world descend upon the Kennedy Center for the DC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Nutcracker”. American Ballet Theatre’s artist-in-residence and former Artistic Director of Bolshoi Ballet, Mr. Ratmansky choreographed this new production, which premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2010 to rave reviews. The New York Times notes, “Made with complete theatrical authority from first to last, it shows many aspects of Mr. Ratmansky: satirist, storyteller, dramatist, poet,” who tweaks the story and “makes it new.”

Performed with a live orchestra, together with extraordinary sets and costumes by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson (The Lion King) , Ratmansky’s new version of Tchaikovsky’s classic unites more than 100 superb performers for a sublime retelling of the beloved story. Join young Clara and her famous wooden prince for the sweetest of all family holiday dreams. Even if you’ve already seen 50 Nutcrackers, you will not want to miss this one by Alexei Ratmansky. This Kennedy Center tradition is the most cherished in DC.

Performance Timing: Act I – 46 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Act II – 48 min.

WHEN: Dec. 8 – 11, 2011


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566

TICKETS: 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600

Warner Theatre

With 400 cast members directed by the Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre.  It is a must see!

Backstage with The Washington Ballet and Septime Webre’s – The Nutcracker

WHEN: December 1-24

WHERE: Warner Theatre
13th and E St NW
Washington, DC 20004

ph:  202-783- 4000

TICKETS: click here.

Northern Virginia: There are several places to see the Nutcracker ballet in Virginia.



The Classical Ballet Theatre of Northern Virginia presents the Nutcracker Ballet.  This charming production features beautiful dancing, brilliant costumes and scenery, and a special touch of magic to bring Clara’s dream to life.  Come experience the wonder and make this treasured classic one of your family’s holiday traditions!

WHERE: The Ernst Theatre at the Northern Virginia Community Campus Annandale Campus
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003

TICKETS: Tickets are $18 to $22, with special pricing available for Military Families and Girl Scouts.

Buy tickets at www.cbtnva.org or call 703.471.0750.

WHEN: Thanksgiving Weekend


The Fairfax Ballet Nutcracker is “a stunning presentation of Tchaikovsky’s opulent holiday masterpiece” and has been delighting the greater Washington Area for over twenty years.  Professional guest artists from Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, the San Francisco Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Tucson are featured, along with students from the Russell School of Ballet.   Be captivated by this magical production that enchants children and adults alike.

WHERE: Fairfax High School Theatre
3501 Rebel Run Fairfax, VA 22030.

WHEN: Friday, November 26 at 7:30pm;
Saturday, November 27 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm;
Sunday, November 28 at 4:00pm.

TICKETS: may be purchased online through a special Fairfax Ballet Nutcracker 2010 Web Page,
by phone at (703) 803-3066
or in-person at the Russell School of Ballet (14119-O Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly VA).
Group discounts are available.


The Moscow Ballet  – The Moscow Ballet presents The Great Russian Nutcracker.

Moscow Ballet and Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children are partnering to raise funds for this non-profit organization in Fairfax that provides comprehensive medical services geared toward the unique treatment of children, a full-service pediatric emergency department, the region’s only pediatric intensive care unit, and the region’s largest neonatal intensive care unit. Five dollars from each ticket sold by Inova for Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker performances at George Mason University’s Concert Hall in December will go directly to help area children in need and their families. To purchase tickets and simultaneously make a donation to Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, call 800.320.1733 x15 or visit www.nutcracker.com/inova and use the code INOVA.

Coinciding with the fund-raising partnership, Moscow Ballet soloist and master dance instructor Nataliya Miroshynk will make a special appearance at the Inova Health System Gala 2011 on Saturday, Oct. 22. She will greet guests, which include more than 800 key community and society members. For more information about tickets, sponsorships, donations, and service on the Gala committee, call 703.289.2057 or click here.

For additional performance details and information please visit www.nutcracker.com

WHERE: Center for the Arts Concert Hall at George Mason University
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
ph:  1-888.945.2468

WHEN: Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 pm

TICKETS: click here.


Bethesda’s Strathmore

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 2011 holiday performance premieres 2009 International Ballet Competition (IBC) award-winning dancer Karyna Shatkovskaya as Masha (aka Clara) and Vladimir Tkachenko, honor graduate of the Perm School, as the Nutcracker Prince, along with a corps of 40 Russian dancers. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, the production features 200 lavish costumes, larger-than-life Russian puppets and 9 hand-painted backdrops that are embellished with 3-D effects…a must-see for the whole family! Now in its 19th year, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tour of two companies annually visits 60+ cities across North America.

Mocow Ballet Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet’s beloved Christmas story received critical acclaim in 2010… “Expansive…the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager” NY Times; ”The corps dancers were striking to see” Charleston Today; “When performed by masters like these [Moscow Ballet], ballet seems effortless, elegant, and easy” Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Moscow Ballet (Photo Credit: http://www.nutcracker.com)

WHEN: Thursday, December 15 at 7:30 pm

Friday, December 16 at 7:30 pm

WHERE: Bethesda’s Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852-3224

TICKETS: Click here.

Use code DANCE to save up to $12.50 per ticket! Save up to $12.50 on EACH Great Russian Nutcracker ticket! Just enter the code when you check out to receive your discount. The amount saved will vary depending on the Price Level of the ticket.

Can’t enter the code online? Call the box office and ask for the DANCE discount!

CityDance Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD will host open auditions for 7-16 year olds to perform alongside professional Russian ballet dancers in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker production in Bethesda later this year. Conducted by acclaimed master dance instructor Svetlana Todinova, auditions will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 at 11:00 am. Contact Lorraine at 301.581.5204 for more information.

CityDance Center is Strathmore’s resident dance partner and home to the award winning CityDance Ensemble group. The studio offers classes to dancers of all ages and abilities in genres that include ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary.



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