The Nutcracker Experience Setting Holiday Traditions

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Holidays are full of customs and you may or may not be familiar with one of the most treasured traditions, the Nutcracker ballet. If you’ve never been, you should consider adding this event to your holiday repertoire. We want to share all of the know how on how to find your local nutcracker, etiquette in the theatre, and dressing up with our low price, high quality holiday attire! We also have some special presents to give to your guests to keep the magic of the Nutcracker going for years to come.

Where to see the Nutcracker

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Production: Iowa State Center

Location: Ames, Iowa – Stephens Auditorium

Dates: Saturday December 10th – Sunday December 11th

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Production: Iowa Dance Theatre

Location: Des Moines, Iowa – Civic Center

Dates: Saturday December 17th and Sunday the 18th

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Production: Ballet Des Moines

Location: Des Moines Iowa – Hoyt Sherman

Dates: Thursday December 8th – Sunday the 11th

Etiquette in the Theatre

If you’ve never been to the theater for a ballet, you may feel out of place. Don’t be afraid and most of all enjoy the visual beauty of the art. The Nutcracker is an easy starter ballet and it tells a story of a Christmas party featuring a nutcracker toy that comes to life. The second act takes you into a dream world where the main character Clara, visits a land of sweets to watch multiple themed dances. A lot of variation, and the classical music of Tchaikovsky will keep you interested in this timeless ballet.

A few things to remember while in the theatre

  • Arrive 15 minutes early to find your seat, so you aren’t a distraction walking in late.
  • Clap once a dancer pulls off a “trick” of multiple turns or a stunning lift.
  • Dress up in dresses and formal wear, or semi formal. At the very least no jeans.
  • Turn of your cell phone.
  • No flash photography, as it may be dangerous for the dancers.

Affordable Formal Attire

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We carry infant to young adult holiday attire, which is lining our racks and ready to purchase. When looking for something to wear, don’t forget to grab a jacket to keep warm.

With Christmas just weeks away, get your little dancer some new dance attire. After seeing the talented dancers perform the Nutcracker, they may be inspired and want some new gear for class. We’ve got leotards, shoes, and hair accessories for your next class.

Ballet Inspired Gifts

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Check out this Melissa & Doug puzzle and glitter crafts. We have these available at Duck Worth Wearing and can also order them in. From time to time we also get consigned gifts to give your special dancer to keep the magic of the Nutcracker going from years to come.

We hope you enjoy the Nutcracker, and other holiday traditions with good family and friends this year. Happy Holidays from Duck Worth Wearing!

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