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Experience NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet

2024 Season

Give the gift of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet! to the whole family. Celebrate America’s favorite Christmas tradition with an international all-star cast that blends world-class ballet with whimsical puppets, lavish costumes, and stunning acrobatics! Share the tradition of pure Holiday magic and Tchaikovsky’s timeless score with friends and family of all ages. Don’t miss this chance to create memories of a lifetime: get tickets now!

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The Theater

The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda

Welcome to the home of NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet in Bethesda: the Strathmore! The Strathmore is a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts center and presenting organization based one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland. Best known for performances and events at the Music Center at Strathmore, the organization has been presenting accessible, affordable visual and performing arts in the smaller Mansion at Strathmore and all over its 16-acre site since 1981. Strathmore also presents throughout the community and at a new 250-seat venue, AMP, at Pike & Rose.

High quality arts programming, designed for audiences of many tastes, served with the hospitality and warmth of a family enterprise, are the hallmarks of Strathmore. Seasonal outdoor events seek to be inclusive in their programming appeal, reaching out to people of all ages, interests, and cultural heritage.

Partner Studio

Bethesda Partner Ballet Studio: CityDance

Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full international professional cast are local Bethesda children from CityDance. CityDance’s mission is to advance the appreciation for and participation in contemporary dance through performance and education. CityDance is comprised of the following programs: Studio Education, under the direction of Lorraine Spiegler, providing dance training at multiple sites around the DC metropolitan area; Center at Strathmore (North Bethesda, MD), a Dance School and Conservatory committed to training young dancers for professional careers; Center at DC Dance Collective (Washington, DC), specializing in early childhood dance education; CityDance Early Arts, led by Kelli Quinn, is a youth development and arts education program providing free performances, after-school programs and summer camps to underserved neighborhoods; CityDance Black Box Theater at Strathmore, producing and presenting professional dance performances and providing a performance home for CityDance Conservatory and School students; Artist-in-Residence Program is part of CityDance’s commitment to producing and presenting professional dance in the DC metropolitan area.

“What a magnificent show! We’ve attended several different performances of the nutcracker in the past. This show puts all of them to shame! We plan on making this a regular holiday event for our family! Thank you for such a great holiday experience!!”

“Loved the nutcracker production. Costumes were beautiful and dancers as usual did not disappoint. Great family holiday experience”

“Commitment to the theme of Love and Peace”
CNN News

“Technically supreme dancing, dazzling... authentically opulent...”
Calgary Herald

“Technical prowess was…truly “great”...whimsical sets and giant animal stick puppets and colorful costumes… stellar Arabian Variation… breathtaking!”
Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2014

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