Aiken Civic Ballet holds annual Nutcracker Tea

December 3, 2018

Local children got an up-close view of this year’s “Nutcracker” performers at the annual Nutcracker Tea at the Aiken County Historical Museum on Saturday evening.

Every year, the tea allows kids to get autographs from the dancers, as well as see a little taste of the the ballet. Each group or dancers does a short variation on what they will do onstage during the “Nutcracker.” This year’s performances will be on Dec. 22 and 23.

“We put on the tea to introduce the ‘Nutcracker’ characters to the public,” said Diane Miller, artistic director for the Aiken Civic Ballet. “It’s a really good time for children to get to see the costumes up close and to meet the dancers and see the pointe shoes and the tights and some of the behind the scenes things of ballet that they don’t get to see when they come to the theater.”

This year is the marks one decade of the “Nutcracker” in Aiken, and the ninth year the tea has been held at the museum.

“We love putting on the ‘Nutcracker’ just to tell the story, and my dancers just love it,” Miller said.

Miller said the “Nutcracker” has become a tradition at the ballet company.

“It’s not Christmas unless we do our ‘Nutcracker.’”

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