Why You Should Make The Nutcracker Ballet A Family Holiday Tradition

by Bianca Bujan

I’ve been going to see the Nutcracker ballet (presented by Ballet BC) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre every year since I was 3 years old, and after 37 years of Sugar Plum Fairy-twirling, soldier sword-yielding, mouse menacing, and ringleted ballerina dreaming, people often wonder what keeps me going back for more – year after year.

The truth is, each year’s performance is like a brand new experience for me. While the music has remained the same since the first adaptation of the story in 1891, Tchaikovsky’s familiar Nutcracker Suite perfectly compliments the ever-evolving choreography that accompanies the classical Christmas ballet.

Photo: Réjean Brandt

I love that Ballet BC brings in guest ballet companies each year to perform their own rendition of The Nutcracker. This year, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet surprised guests with Canadian-themed twists, weaving in new costumes, characters, and choreography to shine a new light on an age-old classic.

Choreographed by Galina Yordanova and Nina Menon, the dancers dazzled with complicated moves that were totally on pointe.

Appearances by young local dancers had the audience swooning, and surprise cameos by cute cuddly characters brought giggles to an otherwise gracefully executed delivery of dance.

Whether you’re thinking of seeing the Nutcracker for the first time, or it’s an every year tradition, this year’s performance is definitely worth adding to your must-see list this year. For more on what you can expect from Ballet BC’s presentation of the Nutcracker, head to their website for all the details. Ready to check it out yourself? Tickets are still available for select shows. Start your own holiday family tradition and check out the Nutcracker ballet.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
Dec 8 & 9 – 1:00pm & 6:30pm performances
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Looking for more holiday traditions to start with your family? Check out these 5 Dazzling Holiday Light Displays happening in and around Vancouver.

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