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Nutcracker Ballet at Arts Theatre

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by Shikainah Champion-Samuel (subscribe)
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Think walnuts, tutus and theatre- its the Nutcracker
Just how many Nutcracker ballets are being performed in London this year is a question that I would really like answered ! Almost everyone I've met over the holiday period or 'seen' on facebook seems to have attended a Nutcracker ballet somewhere ! So, for clarity's sake, the one that I am writing about is the one performed at the Arts Theatre by the group 'Lets all dance' in Central London's theatre district.

Seated there, waiting for it to begin, I was struck by how many little boys too were there in the audience. I always thought ballet was more of a 'girl thing'. So, I made a mental note to observe these little lads through the show, to find out what was it that drew them to something that is essentially about grace, poise, frilly tutus and the like!

The show in itself was interesting in that- there was abolutely no talking done. It was essentially the traditional Nutcracker story told through ballet. There were a couple 'ooh and aah' moments as some of the dancers were exceptionally graceful in execution of some difficult moves. However, on the whole, since there was no other dialogue on, I noticed that kids around did seem to start getting restless and disengaging in general.

The group 'Lets all dance' seems to have been set up in 2010 and from its website, I gather they run dance classes on a regular basis. They are essentially based in the SE postcode but again from the website I see that they do dance parties for both kids and corporates all over London and the Home counties.

On the whole, whilst I can now tick that box in my list and say that I have watched the Nutcracker ballet, I am not sure if the other renditions of the same were more entertaining- especially for the younger section of the audiences who usually form a bulk of the same during this season.

Nutcracker, London, Ballet
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Why? A Christmassy thing to do
Phone: 020 8265 4634
Where: The Arts Theatre
Cost: £8 onwards
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