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Cadance’s Nutcracker is Back Dec. 10th and 11th 2022!

Cadance Academy is once again ready to “Crack open a tale” with the return of the Nutcracker Ballet

The 16th annual Cadance Academy rendition of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is set to make an exciting comeback on stage at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville this December.

The first show will be held on Saturday December 10th, starting at 6:30p.m. while the second show will begin at 1:00p.m. on Sunday December 11th. The origins of The Nutcracker date back to 15th century Germany where nutcrackers were given as tokens that were believed to bring families good luck and protect their homes. By the 1800’s, the story of The Nutcracker premiered as a Christmas ballet which then evolved into a production performed globally each year by numerous ballet companies. Cadance’s first performance of The Nutcracker was staged in December 2006. Since that time, the show has grown significantly and has become a tradition for both the audience members and performers. 

The cast includes several generations of family members ranging from children to grandparents performing alongside each other. 

Gaea Jess, the Artistic Director, specializes in world dance and embraces different cultural and racial backgrounds and the uniqueness of what each performer brings to the stage. Working with her team of highly trained choreographers, the cast has been selected based on their level of experience and expertise. Over the years Cadance has become aware of controversy surrounding cultural dances included in The Nutcracker such as the Arabian, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.  Cadance Academy aims to eliminate any possibility of stereotyping with regards to varying cultures so this year they decided to rename and rework some of the pieces to ensure that performers, crew and audience members alike continue to feel respected and included and are comfortable with all aspects of the show. 

A big part of making the show possible is the assistance provided by the volunteers, donors and sponsors. Not to be forgotten either, is the technical crew and theatre staff. Cadance wishes to thank each and every individual and company who will be playing a part in making this year's show bigger and better. Gaea concluded “For the audience members who have grown used to coming every year and for whom this year is your first time viewing the show, you are sure to be delighted and surprised with the comeback performance. Make sure you don’t miss out on this magical tradition which will definitely put you in the mood for the holidays!”

Tickets are available for purchase as of November 7th at 1:00p.m Eastern Time (2pm Atlantic).