Though unsuccessful in its 1892 debut, The Nutcracker endured and has become one of the most popular ballets, especially in the US, where it's performed across the country as part of a beloved holiday tradition.
Washington Post dance critic Sarah Kaufman once wrote, “The tyranny of The Nutcracker is emblematic of how dull and risk-averse American ballet has become. … Has ballet become so entwined with its “Nutcracker” image, so fearfully wedded to unthreatening offerings, that it has forgotten how eye-opening and ultimately nourishing creative destruction can be?”
And yet, for many Americans, young and old, The Nutcracker provides a crucial entrée into the world of dance. Accessible in every way - from location and cost to music and plot - The Nutcracker might be our best chance to access newcomers to ballet. So find a performance this season and treat your loved ones - children and grown-ups alike - to a seasonal favorite. When their eyes light up and they leave spinning in the aisles, you'll know they're ready to expand their dance horizons ... and Augusta Ballet presents Dance Theatre of Harlem in January at The Bell!
Several local dance schools are offering convenient performances this Nutcracker season
Dance Augusta @ The Imperial
Friday, November 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Columbia County Ballet @ The Imperial
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Cutno Dance "Nutcracker in the South" @ Jabez Performing Arts Center
December 12, 2015 at 5:00 PM