There’s nothing like hearing Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” to put you in a festive mood. For fans of The Nutcracker—that perennially popular ballet featuring the Sugarplum Fairy and other characters—now is the time to buy tickets.
Here are some local performances to choose from:
- Dance Academy of Boca Raton presents matinee performances of The Nutcracker on Dec. 11 and 12 at The Crest Theater in Delray Beach. For ticket information: www.danceacademyofbocaraton.net.
- The Miami City Ballet stages The Nutcracker on December 3, 4, and 5 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach; December 10, 11, and 12 at the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale; and December 17, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23 at the Arsht Center in Miami. For ticket info: www.miamicityballet.org/nutcracker.php.
- The Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida performs The Nutcracker Dec. 4 at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami (Ticketmaster); Dec. 10, 11 and 12 at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (order tickets at www.aventuracenter.org); and Dec. 18 and 19 at The Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale (www.parkerplayhouse.com).
- Miami-based ballet company and school Ballet Etudes stages The Nutcracker at the Miramar Cultural Center, Dec. 16 through 19. Buy tickets in person, by phone, or at www.miramarculturalcenter.org.
Dancing Into the New Year
The Nutcracker seems to bring out the inner dancer in all of us. If you’ve always wanted to slip into ballet shoes and learn the basics of the dance, it’s not too late. You can find Adult Beginner Ballet classes at studios such as the Dance Academy of Boca Raton and The Miami Royal Ballet School in South Miami.
But let’s face it, not everyone is born for ballet. If you’re more interested in Ballroom or Latin dancing, check out Boca’s American Dancesport Center. Their motto is “Anybody Can Dance”—and they offer instruction in the Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Foxtrot, Salsa, Swing, Cha Cha, Hustle, and more. Zavee shoppers earn 3% cash back. Ask Santa for an American Dancesport gift card, and you’ll be sure to start out 2011 on the right foot.