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National Nutcracker

This ten week programme has been created to give Key Stage 2 pupils an introduction to dance. With strong curriculum links, the programme aims to give children a better understanding of dance, build their physical skill and unlock imagination and creativity.

Teachers do not need any previous dance knowledge in order to take part. The Royal Opera House provides teacher training, classroom films, lesson plans and resources and the guidance and support you need to complete the programme.

The aim of the programme is to create a short dance, inspired by a theme from The Nutcracker and linking to curriculum topics or school projects. The themes include 'Let the battle commence', 'Transformed by magic' and 'Travelling to far-away lands'.

You will also have a chance to compete against other schools around the country, each submitting your final dance entry to be judged by an expert panel and the winning entry will be invited to attend a special matinee performance of a ballet at the Royal Opera House (all travel and ticket prices included). All competing schools will celebrate their achievements and enjoy a screening of The Nutcracker by The Royal Ballet at a local cinema.

**Please note, for 2017 the National Nutcracker programme will only be running in the following areas: HullNorth Devon, Swale and Medway, Thurrock, Boston and Grantham, Scunthorpe, Teesside and Northumberland.**

To register your interest in the programme, please add your details here.

"We are a school in a high deprivation area where NONE of our children have private dance or music lessons outside of school. The National Nutcracker project has had such impact – the doors to this wonderful and exciting art form have now opened. The children now talk about The Royal Opera house like they know it and they have even remembered the dancers’ names! Dance is all of a sudden for them and includes them, not just something that we watch professionals do on the TV."

Teacher, West Croft School, Bideford, Devon

The project is generously supported by The Sackler Trust.

Project details

Project strands and key dates for participating schools.

Online resources

Classroom resources to follow week by week.

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Interested in taking part in National Nutcracker? Register here.

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