Nutcracker Schools Information

Journey back in time with English National Ballet to a frost-covered, gas-lit London, and join Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional festive tale. 

Nutcracker workshops bring to life the eternally popular story and provide a magical, unmissable Christmas treat for all ages. Tailored to different Key Stages, these creative dance sessions are inspired by the action-packed encounters between toys and mice, magic and reality, and Clara’s exhilarating journey with the Nutcracker. Threading themes from the ballet into other curriculum areas including English, Music, Art and Drama, these fun practical sessions explore the characters through movement qualities and musical motifs in Tchaikovsky’s spellbinding score. Discovering basic ballet principles, students are inspired to think creatively about use of space, shapes and levels in the body. Learning National Character dances, such as the Mazurka and Czardas, these group and partner sequences promote and develop team work and reflective skills.

“A truly wonderful workshop, Year 6 had such a super time and gained a huge appreciation of this art.” Vivienne Edwards, Aldwickbury School

Nutcracker: Schools’ Performances

Enhance your students’ workshop experience with a theatre trip to watch English National Ballet’s magical Nutcracker. Challenge your students to spot movements learnt in their creative dance session, familiarise again with Tchaikovsky’s mesmerising music, and above all discover and enjoy the world of ballet.

All workshop bookers receive 11 free tickets for an English National Ballet matinee performance. This will be arranged with you at the time of booking. Subsequent ticket prices are listed below. One free staff ticket is provided for every 10 students.

London Coliseum: Friday 12 December 2014, 14.30 (£8)

London Coliseum: Tuesday 16 December 2014, 14.30 (£8)

London Coliseum: Wednesday 17 December 2014, 14.30 (£8)

London Coliseum: Thursday 18 December 2014, 14.30 (£8)

How can I book a Nutcracker workshop? 

Simply Icon download the Enquiry Form (243.0 KB)  [.doc] and email to learning@ballet.org.uk , or call the Engagement team on 020 7581 1245 to discuss your options.

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