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We're so excited for Nutcracker 2021!

IPAYouth and Creative Dance Center present annually the Nutcracker in a Shell production!  

Nutcracker in a Shell is a "family-friendly", shortened and jazzed up version of the original Nutcracker. By children, for children, Nutcracker in a shell is designed to keep the interest of young children with a mix of ballet, jazz, and hip hop, Nutcracker in a Shell is an annual favorite of kids from 2 to 82!

This year presenting:


The 2021 Nutcracker in a Shell - The ReMIX

Director: Zach Johnson

Choreographers: Zach Johnson, Brian Raymond, Stacey Woolnough

Rehearsals supported by our Leadership Through Dance Program Members

Auditions: Monday, August 30th

4:30pm - 5:15pm - Ages 6-8

5:15pm - 6:15pm - Ages 9-10

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Ages 11-13

7:30pm - 8:30pm - Ages 14+

* Note: All Nutcracker participants must enroll in a recital or technique class at Creative Dance Center for the 2021-2022 dance season.

Key Dates:

Choreography Week - September 7-10

(expect to be at the studio most of these nights)

Sunday Rehearsals - Sept 12 - Nov 14

(Attendance mandatory except with prior approval)

TENTATIVE Performance Date - Nov 20

Auditions and ALL REHEARSALS will be held at the South Riding studio!

Questions? Please email