As the leaves deepen into beautiful fall colors, it is a true sign that winter is around the corner and with it… magic that only the Nutcracker Ballet can bring! The International Academy of Dance, home to the Santa Cruz City Ballet (SCCB) is buzzing with excitement, preparing for our favorite time of year! Here are 5 reasons to see Nutcracker: Experience the Magic this December 16th and 17th at 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM at the Cabrillo Crocker Theater. Tickets here.
Reason 5: Timeless Classic Meets Age-Old Tradition
The first Nutcracker Ballet was put on in 1892 with the iconic soundtrack by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. We use this very same music, making us the next in line in an outstanding tradition. If you’ve never seen the Nutcracker, you’re in for a special treat. Come and see what all the rave is about. And don’t forget to bring your friends! Buy Tickets.
Reason 4: Refined Choreography, Beautiful Costumes, Visual Spectacle
Santa Cruz City Ballet (at the International Academy of Dance) has been putting on the Nutcracker for 35 years. Shannon Chipman and Vicki Bergland were co-directors in the first-ever Santa Cruz Nutcracker, back in 1988. Each year the performance grows more refined. So you can’t go wrong with seeing this performance, which has been years in the making! Feast your eyes on this visually stunning, sonically scrumptious performance! So what are you waiting for? Buy Tickets.
Reason 3: Support a Non-Profit
We at the Santa Cruz City Ballet (at the International Academy of Dance) are dance-oriented and community first. We are a local, woman-owned, non-profit at the heart of Santa Cruz County, so your business directly supports your neighbors. And to top it off, we source much of our artwork and retail from local producers. Even further, we offer many scholarships, to spread dance to people far and wide. Give the gift that just keeps giving by supporting us! Choose to advertise in our program, or make a tax-deductible donation.
Reason 2: Dancing for Joy
International Academy of Dance (home of the Santa Cruz City Ballet) is centered around dancing for joy. Dance for joy! is our motto, and make it felt all throughout the studio. You can see this as our dancers love being on stage in performances and competitions. And that’s not all! We dance for joy on and off the stage, as each class is led by an accomplished dancer. If you want to experience the joy for yourself, we invite you to sign up for a trial class! So that’s not all—next year our auditions for the Nutcracker will be in August. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to get news about sign-ups, and you can dance on the big stage too!
Reason 1: There is no Magic without YOU!
Finally, you should see Nutcracker: Experience the Magic because there is no magic without you there. Of course, yes, the magic comes from our wonderful dancers, costume design, set design, volunteers, and staff. But you in the audience are what draws it all together. We truly couldn’t do this without you. So what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets today!