The Soraya Presents Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Production of The Nutcracker

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Giveaway opportunity (sponsored)

While living in Boston, one of the winter holiday traditions is to attend a The Nutcracker Ballet performance. As a 30 year old woman, I fell in love with Tchaikovsky’s music and wished that I grew up watching the Sugar Plum Fairy or pretending to be Clara as she held her Nutcracker doll. Now as a mother of two young children, I want them to experience watching this holiday classic ballet. My oldest has taken a liking to music by Tchaikovsky and is in beginning ballet so I want him to see The Nutcracker.  You can only imagine how happy I felt when I found out that I will be offering a family 4-pack giveaway to watch the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Production of The Nutcracker at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) located on the Cal State University, Northridge campus. Please visit my Instagram page to enter this amazing giveaway! If you know me I am a huge advocate for promoting and normalizing a college-going culture, so finding out that The Nutcracker is playing on a college campus made me extremely happy to share this information with my followers. 

What is The Nutcracker about and who is performing? Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, With Tchaikovsky’s original music, this storybook production, choreographed by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet executive director Jean-Phillippe Malaty and artistic director Tom Mossbrucker, is set in the Victorian era, beginning with the resplendent party and concluding with the fantastical scenes in the second act centered around a bright and colorful carousel. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s exquisite dancers perform the leading roles, showing off their classical training. Over 70 children from Los Angeles Youth Ballet and students from USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance will round out the cast. Adding to the excitement, the traditional Russian, Spanish, and Chinese pieces will feature performers from around the globe who bring their traditional and authentic dances.  

ASFB’s dancers are unmatched in their athleticism and technique, thanks to a rigorous, year-round schedule of training and touring, including engagements at the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and the Kennedy Center. Their production of The Nutcracker is a signature piece, now in its 23rd season, coming to Los Angeles for the first time in December. “Our partnership with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet over the last five years has been extraordinary,” says The Soraya’s Executive Director, Thor Steingraber. “From performances with renowned pianist Joyce Yang to pieces from some of the world’s most exciting choreographers like Jorma Elo and Jiří Kylián – Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has an incredible repertoire.  Their production of The Nutcracker has been a staple in Aspen and Santa Fe for 23 years and we are so lucky to have its Los Angeles premiere at The Soraya.”

How are you going to kick off your first weekend in December? There are only three Performances —Saturday, December 7 at 3pm & 8pm; and Sunday, December 8 at 3pm! The Saturday night performance will feature Joffrey Ballet company members Jeraldine Mendoza and Dylan Gutierrez, a Los Angeles native.

Tickets start at $49 for all performances of The Nutcracker and are currently on sale at The Soraya, (818) 677-3000 and at

Venue: Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)

18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

Want to learn more about the Soraya? Located on the campus of California State University, Northridge, The Soraya’s season offers a vibrant performance program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family, and international events that have served to establish The Soraya as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley, and further establish itself as one of the top arts companies in Southern California. The award-winning, 1,700-seat theatre was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers and was recently cited by the Los Angeles Times as “a growing hub for live music, dance, drama and other cultural events.

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