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The Nutcracker

North Shore Dance Studio is thrilled to present Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday Ballet, "The Nutcracker;" a magical journey through the Land of Sweets with Clara and her Prince!

» Click here to download the 2017 Nutcracker Master Info Sheet

North Shore Dance Studio's 5th Annual Review of The Nutcracker will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at Whitefish Bay High School. Their production features over 200 Ballet dancers and is open to all students, ages 2½ and up. (See our Nutcracker FAQs.) The production has become a renowned local holiday event!

Tickets for the 2018 productions are on sale now - $12 (reserved seats).


the nutcracker by North Shore Dance Studio




Who is involved?

Dancers age 2.5-18. All Dance Basics classes as well as all Ballet technique classes offered at NSDS. Basically, if you wear Ballet slippers to dance class, you are invited to be a part of the fun!


The shows will be Saturday, December 3rd, 2017. There will be two casts, Gold and Silver. The Gold Cast will perform on Saturday, December 3rd at 11am. The Silver Cast will perform on Saturday, December 3rd at 3pm. There is no difference in “talent” between the two casts. We are just using the colors to distinguish the separate casts. Ballet Levels I-VIII will be involved in both shows. They will be considered both Gold and Silver Casts.


All performances are held in the Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium

How much is it to participate?

There will be a flat fee of $70 for each dancer participating in The Nutcracker. This fee includes your costume, rehearsal fees, dress rehearsals and props. You will also be responsible to purchase your tickets. When registering there is a Nutcracker box on the registration form. You can check if you are going to participate or not.

Will I need to buy anything else?

Yes, if you need to get tights or ballet slippers you will be able to do so at the NSDS store.

What is the time commitment?

Your child will learn the dance during the regular Dance Basics or Ballet class time that you sign up for during the first semester. They’ll practice during the ballet portion of the hour class. There will also be 1 Saturday afternoon rehearsal on November 11th. Lastly, there will be a dress rehearsal at WFB Auditorium on Saturday, December 2nd in the afternoon/evening with the full Nutcracker casts.

Is this performance a requirement?

No, it is your choice on if you would like your dancer to participate, though everyone in the class will be learning the Nutcracker dance throughout the ballet portion of class. We highly recommend participating in The Nutcracker though, it’s a great time and you won’t want to miss the show!

When do I need to sign up by?

There is a cutoff date of September 23rd, as we will need to order costumes in early October for an appropriate costume ship/receive date.

Who is invited to the show?

Everyone - including parents, grandparents, family, friends, and neighbors! This is now considered an annual community Holiday event.

How much are tickets?

Tickets will be $12 for assigned admission seating and there will be no limit to purchase tickets, the more the merrier!

Will videotaping be allowed?

No, we will have a professional videographer on hand, just as we do for Recitals. DVDs will be available for purchase for $25.

What teachers are involved with The Nutcracker?

Denis Malinkine (Ballet Master of The Milwaukee Ballet), Davit Hovhannisyan (Principal dancer with The Milwaukee Ballet), Janel Meindersee (artist with The Milwaukee Ballet) Katie Holtzen, Becca Cross, Elisabeth Roskopf, Rebecca Enea, Emmy O’Connor, and Jill McGuire.

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