A ballerina's graceful balance is inspiring to aspiring dancers, captivating to houses of cards, and vexing to bulldozers razing cliffside condor habitats. Dwell on adroit appendages with today's Groupon. For $17, you get orchestra-level seats (a $35 value) to the Columbia Ballet Company's production of The Nutcracker on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. or December 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts. Rated the Best Dance Company 2010 by the Free Times, Columbia City Ballet celebrates its 50th anniversary season by heralding the holidays with Tchaikovsky's timeless fantasia of rat kings, enchanted toys, and festive flower-dances. As the ensemble's performers chassé, jeté, pas de bourrée, and walk elegantly through the glittering backdrops of Nutcracker’s candy-coated world with more than 200 local children in tow, they'll be accompanied by magical special effects and Tchaikovsky’s sublime score.
- The company has been telling the tale of little Clara and her Christmas dreams since 1978, and as with many dance companies, it’s a full–scale festive extravaganza that’s a necessary part of every season. – Bill DeYoung, Connect Savannah
- The city's most beloved holiday family tradition, Columbia City Ballet's Nutcracker has it all – a cast of more than 100, glorious sets and costumes, magical special effects, beautiful music and exceptional dancing by Columbia's most talented professional dancers. – Ballet Buzz