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 this 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. Workshops can contribute to Arts Award  portfolios for students completing Discover, Explore and Bronze level. 

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

How can I book a Nutcracker workshop? 

Simply  Icon download the Enquiry Form (246.0 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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