The Nutcracker: The Holiday Favorite From City Ballet School
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The last date listed for The Nutcracker was Saturday December 8, 2012 / 7:00pm.
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I understood that this was presented by the City Ballet School, however the way it was advertised was as if it was an actual production. Unfortunately it felt like a school pageant - parents and siblings in the audience laughing at inappropriate moments and gabbing at each other about the dancers and their mistakes, a barely full theater, and no real guidance or enforcement on seating. It honestly felt like we were in a school auditorium. We chose orchestra seating, which was the highest price offered, so we could truly enjoy a production in the best seats available. The theater was smokey, which was uncomfortable, and people were running all over the place switching seats and the like - so why pay for special seating? This was definitely not what was expected and turned out to be a disappointment for what we paid.
City Ballet School announces its 9th annual holiday production of the classic Nutcracker. This family affordable holiday performance features choreography by Artistic Director Galina Alexandrova, a former dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and San Francisco Ballet and Yuri Zhukov, a world-class choreographer and former Kirov Ballet and San Francisco Ballet principal dancer. Students ages 6 to 19 years old perform this beloved holiday production, which has become a tradition for many Bay Area families.
Each year at the City Ballet Nutcracker, Bay Area audiences have the opportunity to see the next generation of accomplished dancers. City Ballet School has performed at numerous regional festivals as well as in Russia. Its dancers have competed in the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix in New York, and Ms. Alexandrova has twice been named outstanding teacher at YAGP, San Francisco. City Ballet School dancers have entered professional companies, won top awards at national competitions, and been awarded scholarships to prestigious training and university programs. City Ballet School has the distinction of becoming the first American school to have dancers graduate from the top Russian class of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.
Ticket prices include a facility fee of $1.25-$1.50.