George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’ opens at the Academy of Music

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — George Balanchine’s beloved ballet The Nutcracker opens Friday at the Kimmel Cultural Campus Academy of Music.

It’s a real holiday classic. Philadelphia Ballet Artistic Director Angel Corella likens the holiday feeling of watching The Nutcracker to sipping hot chocolate in front of the fireplace with the whole family.

He says what he loves most about gazing into the audience at the majestic Academy of Music is watching older generations relive the magic and share it with the little ones.

“The amazing thing is that it lasts for generations,” Corella said. “Grandparents come with their grandchildren. I think this is a great way to pass the baton to someone else in the family and share those moments. You will remember her forever.”

The Philadelphia Ballet truly delivers a spectacle of wonder and talent as young Marie is transported from her bedroom to the land of candy.

Corella said the show features 115 dancers hailing from the School of Philadelphia Ballet and the Metropolitan Ballet Academy.

“They have the first act full of kids performing with the adults that they see in the studio every day,” Corella said. “For them to share the stage with you, you can see on their faces that their eyes are all shining.”

The Nutcracker runs through December 28th and features some sensory-friendly performances.

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