18 December 2022

Exploring Repertoire: The Nutcracker (Open House)

Explore characters and choreography from this Christmas classic, with something for all ages and abilities to enjoy at our family friendly event!

During the repertoire based dance workshops, young participants will uncover the story of the ballet through dance, mime and music. More experienced dancers will rehearse as if as part of a company corps de ballet, as they are expertly guided through a piece of choreography, with a focus on artistry.

Harper Watters as The Prince in Stanton Welch's Nutcracker

Houston Ballet First Soloists Allison Miller as Clara and Harper Watters as The Prince in Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker. Photo by Amitava Sarkar (2019). Courtesy of Houston Ballet.

Each workshop will be led by an experienced dance artist, with live piano accompaniment.

If you are not quite ready to grace the barre in a dance workshop, we invite you to come and enjoy our repertoire themed arts and crafts, a general level yoga session, full-length screening of The Nutcracker ballet, and further festive activities.

Our insightful repertoire days are held once a term. Next up... Exploring Repertoire: Swan Lake on Sunday 5 March 2023, followed by Exploring Repertoire: Cinderella, on Sunday 18 June 2023.

General entry tickets are just £5! Booking a ticket will guarantee you a space, however we will accept walk-ins on the day, subject to availability.

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Key Information

Age Fee
Dance workshops suitable for age 3+ £5 - £36.50 depending on the dance workshop duration.

Who can attend?

We have practical dance workshops themed around The Nutcracker for different ages and levels of dance experience.  Please select from the workshop options below.


Sunday 18 December 2022

Workshop Times

  • Adults: 10.30am1pm SOLD OUT (£36.50)
    Suggested for age 18+ with a minimum of 2 years dance experience
  • Ballet beginners age 57 years: 11.30am12.30pm SOLD OUT (£15)
    Suggested for school year Reception – Year 2 (no parent/carer observation)
  • Family Dance: 10–11am / 1.30–2.30pm SOLD OUT (£15)
    For pre-school children age 3-4 years, with a parent/carer
  • Primary and Grade 1: 10.30–11.45am SOLD OUT (£19)
    Suggested for ages 5-7 (no parent/carer observation)
  • Grade 2–3: 12.30–1.45pm SOLD OUT (£21.50)
    Suggested for age 8+ (no parent/carer observation)
  • Grade 4–5: 2.15–3.45pm (£21.50)
    Suggested for age 9+ (no parent/carer observation)
  • Grade 6 – Intermediate: 24.30pm (£36.50)
    Suggested for age 11+ (no parent/carer observation)
  • Silver Swans: 11.30am1.30pm / 2.304.30pm (£28.50)
    Suggested for age 55

Where a workshop session is showing as ‘sold out’ please consider purchasing a general entry ticket and/or joining the waiting list for the workshop – we will be in touch if a place becomes available in your chosen workshop. To join the waiting list, please click book now and register online.

Other activities

Art and crafts
Design, colour and glue a little something from The Land of Sweets! Recommended for age 4+ children must be accompanied by their adult at all times during this activity.

Sing-along with AXIOM! We’re delighted to be joined by this talented vocal group for some Christmas carols. AXIOM is a vocal group located across the UK. Dedicated to exploring music regeneration, this cappella choir is all about entertaining audiences while proving that there’s no sound quite like the human voice!

Sit back, relax and enjoy a relaxed full-length cinema style screening of The Nutcracker, performed by The Royal Ballet Company in the Aud Jebsen Studio Theatre, 2-4pm approximately.

A 45-minute general level session with the wonderful Karen Cadogan, no prior experience necessary.
Times: 10.45 – 11.30, age 16+ including adults / 12.45-13.30, age 11-15 / 14.30-15.15, age 16+ including adults (cost of £5 applies)

Plus observation opportunities and performances from dancers of English National Ballet School Pre-Professional Programme, and more festive surprises!


Royal Academy of Dance headquarters
188 York Road
SW11 3JZ

Booking process

  • Places are limited in each ballet workshop and secured on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Payment is required at the time of booking.
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  • Please quote the Cvent order no/ticket ref. when contacting the RAD with any queries related to your booking.
  • Please read and familiarise yourself with our workshop and short courses’ Terms & Conditions before you book, this includes our cancellation and withdrawal policy.
  • When a class is fully-booked, a waiting list will be activated. The Learning and Participation team will contact you via email should a suitable place become available.
  • After the closing date, you will receive an additional confirmation by email, detailing registration and collection times for your child, suggested dress, and all other relevant information for the course and venue.
  • For all queries, please email participate@rad.org.uk

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