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Back by popular demand, the classic ballet show resembles a mini-United Nations as it boasts dancers from Alexandra, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Orange Farm, among others, who been rehearsing six days a week nonstop to ensure a dazzling performance.

Proudly presented by the South African Mzansi Ballet, The Nutcracker is based on the classical version created in St Petersburg, Russia, more than a century ago and was developed for the stage by artistic director Iain MacDonald and ballet mistresses Angela Malan and Lauren Dixon-Seager.

It tells the tale of a girl named Clara, who receives a nutcracker soldier for Christmas. She dreams her nutcracker turns into a handsome prince, leading her to strange and wonderful places like the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. And best of all, she takes the audience with her to these exotic and enchanted destinations.

“The show is spectacular display of world-class ballet dancing set to Tchaikovsky’s radiant, diamond-dusted score to delight the whole family. It’s time to give the television a break, to give movies a miss and hop along to the Joburg Theatre to experience 80 minutes awesome performance as our athletes use the
stage as their field to show off months of hard-core training,” says MacDonald.  crackers

If the sight of men in tights gets your pulse racing or women in micro-skirts gets you panting, then make sure you don’t miss The Nutcracker, which runs from 6 to 16 September at the Joburg Theatre. Children between the ages of three and seven pay half price and tickets prices range from R50 for school performances to R100.

If classical ballet does not move you, Celebration 4 which incorporates modern, neo-classical and hip-hop dancing might be the thing for you. It will run for three shows only from 5 to 8 September at the Joburg Theatre. It features a full choir and has dances choreographed by award-winning directors such as Kitty Phetla, Shannon Glover and MacDonalds.

Throw away the TV remote, take along the family, hop onto a BRT bus and make your way to the Joburg Theatre to welcome spring and nature’s rebirth in a dazzling display of funky dance moves that will leave you spellbound!

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