2016 Nutcracker Performances in Central Iowa

2016 Nutcracker Performances in Central Iowa

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A beloved holiday tradition, The Nutcracker dances on to stages in Central Iowa. Featuring the music of Tchaikovsky, this classical ballet enchants audiences with a performance featuring a magical dream of swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers and a handsome prince all lead by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Ballet Des Moines presents The Nutcracker

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Hoyt Sherman Place • 1501 Woodland Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50314 • (515) 244-0507

Ballet Des Moines presents its 15th annual production of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is one of the most famous ballets the world has ever known and is the cornerstone of ballet companies around the world. Ballet Des Moines’ adaptation is choreographed by Artistic Director Serkan Usta and Ballet Mistress Lori Grooters. You will be visually delighted by their resident professional company and more than 300 local student dancers.

Show Times & Dates

Thursday, December 8th at 7:00 pm
Friday, December 9th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 10th at 1:00 & 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 11th at 1:00 pm

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The Nutcracker presented by Iowa Dance Theatre

Des Moines Civic Center • 221 Walnut Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 246-2300

Iowa Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker Ballet. Experience the adventures of a girl named Clara as she journeys to a distant land where a prince battles mischievous mice, flowers waltz and a Sugar Plum Fairy delights children of every age.

This is Iowa Dance Theatre’s 20th performance of The Nutcracker ballet. The Nutcracker is choreographed and directed by a team of dance professionals from Des Moines and the surrounding area.  This collaboration is at the heart of fulfilling IDT’s mission. This year, there are over 250 dancers from approximately 30 dance studios from throughout central Iowa participating in the ballet.

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Parties are available at 12:30 p.m. on December 17 and 18. Tickets to the Tea are $15 and can be purchased at the Des Moines Civic Center Ticket Office.

Show Times & Dates

December 17th at 2:00 and 7:00 pm
December 18th at 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker Ballet

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Stephens Auditorium • Ames, IA 50011-1113 • (515) 294-3347

This classic holiday fairy tale has come alive on stage at Stephens Auditorium each December for 36 years. This annual Iowa State Center production features choreography by Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato Thomas of the Dancenter (Ames); over 200 local dancers from surrounding central Iowa communities; and principal dancers performing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

The Nutcracker Ballet tells the story of a young girl, a heroic prince, and the fantastic dream they share. From the opening party scene to the last tinkling notes of Tchaikovsky’s famous score, a festive holiday spirit permeates the whole performance.

There will be a Tea with Clara and the Mouse King on December 10th at 4:00 pm. Tickets to the tea
are $7 per person and can be purchased on-line.

Show Times & Dates

Saturday, December 10th at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11th at 1:30 pm



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