- GraceLines Dance Studio presents The Nutcracker
- When: Saturday, December 6, at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.
- Where: Davidson High School Auditorium
- General admission
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- $8 for one adult ticket (up to $15 value)
- $8 for two child tickets (up to $20 value)
Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King’s head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate.
Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky’s dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers and regal fairy queens. The “Waltz of the Snowflakes” floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, whereas the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must.
GraceLines Dance Studio
Kiersten Borowski began her ballet training at the age of five, and has since devoted her life to pursuing her art. Now the director and choreographer at GraceLines Dance Studio, she imparts a love of ballet to a new generation. Together with her pedagogic compatriots Sienna Borowski and Sydney Adams, she teaches ballet, jazz, and worship dance, leading the school's top pupils through a display of their newfound skills and impressive foot strength during classic and original ballets.