While the holiday spirit is in full swing, the dancer inside of you may be itching to celebrate. Seeing the garland adorning windows and hallways, mistletoe hanging from the ceilings, and Christmas music filling the world around you, the festive cheer is sure to encourage the holiday dancer within. What songs could you possibly dance to in honor of the holiday spirit?
The Nutcracker is a holiday favorite, and quite beautiful. You can enjoy the holiday joy by indulging the dancer within, with a beautiful holiday ballet, perfect to satisfy that merry mood.
Here at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, we also enjoy a good holiday dance. That’s why we have put together a few reasons as to why The Nutcracker is a Christmas favorite for dancers, so be sure to continue reading to learn more:
- The story behind The Nutcracker. Based upon “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffman, this wild and dark tale was adapted by Alexandre Dumas, to become more family friendly. It begins with a little girl named Clara, who is attending a Christmas party within her home. Her godfather gives her an ugly nutcracker doll. When Clara’s brother becomes jealous with the attention she is receiving, he breaks the nutcracker. Clara’s godfather fixes the doll. However, Clara still has vivid nightmares, later that night, about a battle between the mouse king and her nutcracker. Clara slays the mouse king with her shoe and her nutcracker then transforms into a prince. Clara and the prince set of on a journey to the Kingdom of the Sweets, which is ruled over by a Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Clara and the prince tell their tale to the Sugar Plum Fairy, who in turn asks the Sweets in her land to dance for them. Clara then awakens safely in bed. The end.
- The popularity within the dance community. This whimsical tale is attractive to many different audiences. It is also perfect for dancers of all ages, with many roles appropriate for children, and easy for dance students to perform. This magical performance has only two acts and the audience loves it, especially the Tchaikovsky score. This is a popular dance that serves as a lovely gateway into the world of ballet.
- Cultural importance within the U.S. From an early age, children in the U.S. are told holiday tales, such as The Nutcracker. It is often a Christmas tradition to hear the story of The Nutcracker. This tale often sticks with them well into adulthood, where they have begun to remember it by heart, often repeating it to their own children. After many years of passing through generations of children in the United States, it has rightfully earned itself a special place in the holiday culture, and dance.
If there was ever any question as to whether The Nutcracker is a suitable holiday dance, the answer is absolutely! Here at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, we want to help you learn and enjoy the art of dance. If you are ready to embrace the wonderful world of dancing in California, be sure to contact us today.
Photo Source: //www.flickr.com – kennejima