16 December 2023 - 17 December 2023

Exploring Repertoire: The Nutcracker

Back with a Christmas cracker, pop!

Discover the magic of this festive repertoire and and learn some movement from a production of The Nutcracker, with something for all ages and abilities to enjoy!

Take part in ballet repertoire sessions, a creative dance session or All Boys workshop, led by experienced dance artists. Our 2-day intensive repertoire experiences are designed for adults and Silver Swans.

Enjoy Christmas arts and crafts, visit the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Land of Sweets and watch performances from dancers at the English National Ballet School.

“We had a wonderful festive time, thank you for putting on this event!” 2022 participant

“We loved loved loved today. What a magical day. The girls couldn’t believe it! They truly had the most special time. It’s so amazing you put on these days – such a beautiful thing to do and to celebrate dance!” 2022 participants

Pre-booking has closed…

[icon name=”calendar” prefix=”fas”] The last day to book online has passed. Don’t worry you can still join us on the day!
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[icon name=”star” prefix=”fas”] Pay on the day – £10 general admission per child (adults go free) and enjoy a visit to the Sugar Plum Fairy Grotto, craft something for Christmas, take part in our letter hunt to enter into the prize draw and win a signed pair of pointe shoes, and receive a 10% discount on selected items in the RAD shop. No additional dance workshop booking required.

Key Information

Age Fee
Dance workshops suitable for age 3+ £10+

Who can attend?

We have practical dance workshops themed around The Nutcracker for different ages and levels of dance experience.

View the faculty

Take a look here at the fantastic line-up of dance artists leading the practical dance sessions.

2-day adult and Silver Swans repertoire workshops
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December

Our repertoire intensive for adults and silver swans, includes a warm-up and technique class each day, to be followed by an opportunity to explore classical repertoire and be guided through the choreography, adapted to your level. This is  a wonderful way to challenge yourself and perform a group dance with like minded dancers.

  • Adult Intensive Ballet Repertoire Workshop with pianist accompaniment, suitable for those age 18+
    10am – 3.00pm each day (Saturday & Sunday)

    • Level 1: Open to dancers who have some knowledge of ballet technique. Not suitable for complete beginners. FULLY BOOKED
    • Level 2: Suitable for dancers currently studying RAD Intermediate Foundation and above, or equivalent. FULLY BOOKED
  • Silver Swans Intensive Ballet Repertoire workshop with pianist accompaniment, for those age 55+
    • Morning, General Level: 11am-1.00pm each day (Saturday & Sunday) FULLY BOOKED
    • Afternoon, General Level: 2-4pm each day (Saturday & Sunday) GOOD AVAILABILITY

Young dancers workshop programme
Sunday 17 December only

Ballet based sessions
Bringing the story of classical repertoire to life, from Petipa to Balanchine, to Peter Wright,  The Nutcracker ballet will be explored through the characters, dream like scenes, music, mime and of course dance!

  • Pre-School (for age 3): 10-11am FULLY BOOKED
  • Primary (for ages 4-6): 11.45am-12.45pm LAST FEW PLACES
  • Grade 1: 2-3pm FULLY BOOKED
  • Grade 2: 11.45am-1.15pm  FULLY BOOKED
  • Grade 3: 10-11.30am GOOD AVAILABILITY
  • Grade 4: 1.30-3pm GOOD AVAILABILITY
  • Grade 5: 10-11.30am GOOD AVAILABILITY

Creative dance sessions
Exploring themes and characters from Matthew Bourne’s production of The Nutcracker for his company New Adventures.

  • Ages 4-5: 10.30-11.30am FULLY BOOKED
  • Ages 6-7: 11.45am-12.45pm FULLY BOOKED
  • Ages 8-11: 2-3pm FULLY BOOKED

All Boys ballet sessions
Led by a male dance artist, these creative ballet sessions explore key characters and choreographic motifs. Suitable for any male-identifying young dance enthusiast, beginner+

“Thank you so much – he still hasn’t stopped talking about the workshop. Its the first time ever he had other boys in his ballet class or a male ballet teacher, and it meant so much to him!” 2022 participant
  • Ages 4-5: 11.45am-12.45pm GOOD AVAILABILITY
  • Ages 6-7: 2-3pm GOOD AVAILABILITY
  • Ages 8-11: 10.30-11.30am FULLY BOOKED

General Admission Activities
Sunday 17 December only

  • Visit the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Land of Sweets Grotto (open throughout the day – there may be a queue at busier times)
  • Enjoy Christmas themed arts and crafts (drop-in throughout the day)
  • Take part in our letter hunt around the building and enter into the prize draw to win a signed pair of pointe shoes from Royal Ballet Principal dancers, Sarah Lamb or Anna-Rose O’Sullivan.
  • FULLY BOOKED Enjoy performances from the talented dancers enrolled on the English National Ballet Schools’ Pre-Professional Dancers Programme with a programme of classical variations and a contemporary group dance piece (3.30-4.30pm), hosted by Viviana Durante. Please note seats will be allocated on a first-to-book basis. We will indicate by email if you have been successful in obtaining seats for the show. 
  • And many more festive surprises!

    Photography by ASH and English National Ballet School



    Royal Academy of Dance headquarters
    188 York Road
    SW11 3JZ

    Booking process

    • Places are limited in each workshop and secured on a first-come, first-served basis.
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