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The Nutcracker – A ‘Let’s All Dance’ Ballet for Children

6th December 2017
The Nutcracker Production by Let's All Dance

A couple of weekends ago, just after everyone else had packed away their Christmas decorations for another year, Seren and I were transported back to Christmas Eve and the Land of Sweets … to watch an adapted production of The Nutcracker performed by Let’s All Dance at Finchley’s Arts Depot. The ballet was shortened to under an hour, with a cast of 7 dancers and aimed at a young audience.

Seren loves The Nutcracker tale – she has a book, dressed up as Clara for World Book Day last year and has a cartoon version on DVD. She has never seen a ballet version though (or indeed any professional ballet show) and I was hoping she would have enough concentration span to sit through it and enjoy it too!

I kept it as a surprise for her though as we were sitting down to have a drink before the show, she asked to hold the tickets and managed to read the title of the show (as an aside I’m amazed at how far she’s come in such a short time in Reception – those teachers have magic powers!). In hindsight, I think it would have been better to explain to her the premise of the show as a ballet before it started, as she was a bit confused initially. About few minutes in, she asked me when were they going to start talking? I explained it was a ballet and that the dancers on stage were professional ballet dancers, “even the boys?” she asked (unfortunately there are just girls in her own ballet class).

A while later I asked her if she was enjoying it and she said she wasn’t sure. But by the end she said she loved it – phew! I enjoyed it too, it was a beautiful performance and a lovely way to spend a afternoon.

After the show had finished, the company’s founder, Orit Sutton, invited us up onto the stage to take a photo with the dancers in return for a £1 donation to the group. Seren was thrilled by this! As we waited in line, I mentioned to Orit that Seren had been asking questions through the performance, Orit said that it was good to be inquisitive!

This post was first published in January 2017. Please see the ballet company’s website for details of 2017 show dates – 
http://www.lets-all-dance.co.uk/the-nutcracker/

 

10 Comments

  • Reply RachelSwirl 29th January 2017 at 10:42 pm

    This sounds ideal for my little lady who is all into Music, dance and the nut cracker since CBeebies panto!
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    • Reply Sian 31st January 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Yes it would be perfect!

  • Reply Colette 1st February 2017 at 1:33 pm

    What a lovely idea! My kids are obsessed with watching the Cbeebies panto and ballet so I’m sure they’d enjoy this!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x
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    • Reply Sian 6th February 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Oh yes we love the panto too!
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  • Reply Kate 2nd February 2017 at 10:47 am

    What a great idea, love how child friendly this has been made. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
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    • Reply Sian 6th February 2017 at 9:45 pm

      No problem – thank you!

  • Reply Steph at Mental Parentals 3rd February 2017 at 5:08 am

    What a great way to introduce young children into the world of theatre and dance – glad she enjoyed it in the end! #TriedTested
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    • Reply Sian 6th February 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you – yes she did!

  • Reply Ellie-Jean 6th February 2017 at 8:00 am

    Hello! I love your blog so much; you have a really beautiful design! This is so cute; I did ballet when I was little but I was far too clumsy to keep it up but I always wanted to be a ballerina like this! I have followed your blog because I think it’s so good!!! I would love it if you had a look at my blog; I’m a very passionate teenage blogger but I’m quite new and really need the support! Thank you so much // Jeani xxx

  • Reply Caroline 25th January 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Seren must’ve really enjoyed it! It’s really lovely to see people continuing Christmas traditions like these. All my life I’ve always thought of why toy soldiers we’re called nutcrackers when they’re just typical guards in all the plays and movies I’ve seen. Once I read this article: https://www.cuckooforest.com/blogs/cuckoo-forest-blog/nutcrackers-that-actually-crack-nuts I realized I might have been watching the wrong films. haha You might fancy getting one for Seren too.

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