My First Ballet: The Nutcracker
A set of activities to support going to the ballet or theatre
English National Ballet have commissioned Widgit to produce a set of free resources to make ballet more accessible to children with learning difficulties and disabilities.
The resources are designed to be used before, during and after attending performances of My First Ballet: The Nutcracker and can be downloaded at the links below.
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Give children a first taste of the magical world of ballet.
Enjoy one of the most popular ballets of all time together, in this beautifully adapted new version for children aged three upwards.
It's Christmas Eve and Clara Stahlbaum and her family are hosting a huge Christmas party with lots of food, drink and presents. Clara's mysterious godfather Drosselmeyer arrives and gives Clara a special Christmas present, a beautiful wooden Nutcracker doll.
Clara's brother Fritz is jealous of the gift – they fight and the Nutcracker is broken.
With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Prokofiev's wonderful music, this is the perfect introduction to the magic of ballet, and a fantastic family day out.
This unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School is performed by students of English National Ballet School.
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