Today was a special Sunday! We were invited by the Boston Ballet to join them for a story hour at their dance studios in Back Bay and to see the matinee performance of The Nutcracker. I’ve been waiting for this day to come since The Nutcracker’s opening night after Thanksgiving!
I was also thrilled to visit the Boston Ballet School and studios. I’ve walked by it several times and always wondered about the hard work and magic that happens there before it gets moved on stage at the Opera House.
Boston Ballet hosted a story hour before the performance for us and gave us a tour of the beautiful studio!
A wonderful teacher and ballerina shared the story of The Nutcracker and let us peak at some of the tiaras and costumes.
And now, I must have a pancake tutu. (Hint, hint…Santa)
There was also some dancing involved – more like flying! Seeing the joy on Ninjette’s face was priceless.
Boston Ballet also has adult classes for all levels of experience – even if the last time you put on a leotard was when you were five (like me!). I contemplated the thought of signing up for a class right then and there – it was inspiring to see some adults flying across the studio with such grace and ease.
The coolest part of the studio tour was seeing where the Boston Ballet rehearses! Did you know that the studio is the same size as the stage at the Opera House? The floors all have a little bounce to them so that it prevents injuries, too. It was ah-mazing!
Since show time was fast approaching, we headed over to the beautiful Opera House! I’m always in awe of the ornate details. It’s the perfect venue for The Nutcracker.
As always, the stage and the set were incredible. I love it when the snow starts sprinkling on the stage! My other favorite parts were seeing our friend and neighbor dance in the second act and the Russian dancers.
You do not want to miss The Nutcracker this year. You don’t want to miss the bunny, the dancing bear, and all the sparkling jewels on the Sugar Plum Fairy! (Oh, and one another funny part in the first act, but I don’t want to give it all away!)
The Nutcracker continues until Dec. 31 and tickets start at $29. Let me know how much you love it!
***We received complimentary tickets from the Boston Ballet, but all opinions and experiences are my own.***