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Institute of Performing Arts for Youth and Creative Dance Center cordially invite you to attend the 2016 “Nutcracker in a Shell – All Jazzed Up!” Directed by Heather Matuszewki and starring children from all over Loudoun and Fairfax counties, it will be our best show to date! Our shorter, jazzed-up spin on the holiday classic Nutcracker is performed by kids for kids, providing a really festive and fun way to introduce your little soldiers and angels to a grand holiday tradition. With only four shows, buy your tickets early for what has become a must-see local family holiday event.

Every holiday season, young Clara wakes up beneath the same magical tree, meets a gallant Prince, and travels through space and time to the wondrous realm of the Sugar Plum Fairy. They visit tapping Reindeer, acrobatic Arabians, Chinese and Sugar Plums en pointe as well as jazzy Elves and Russians, and Modern Stars. You don’t want to miss our show stopping, hip hopping Gift of Rhythm nor Clara’s own classical ballet presentation.

We LOVE Girl Scouts! For our Saturday 11a.m. show only, Girl Scout Groups of 8 or more receive backstage tour, a meet and greet and awesome photo opportunity with Clara and her friends, and may earn a badge! 
Annual Auditions for Nutcracker are held in June and August each year, and all those who audition are included in the cast! Save the Audition dates for 2016!

Housed in the esteemed Creative Dance Center studios, the Institute of Performing Arts for Youth, IPA Youth, brings dreams alive through dance! From providing full-scale theatrical venue performance and expert choreographic experience to funding outreach programs for seniors and preschoolers, IPA Youth enlivens, encourages and educates the youth of Northern Virginia through dance.









Our auditions are conducted June and August each season.  Auditions, Camp, and Rehearsals are held at Creative Dance Center Ashburn.  Interested 2017 cast and crew participants may email Heather Matuszewski at to be added to our 2016 information mailing list.

We are looking for dancers from all areas of dance - ballet, jazz, tap & gymnastics for this upbeat version of the classic Nutcracker. You may and are encouraged to audition for more than one part, and all dancers who audition will be included in the production.  Dancers who attend should arrive in appropriate dance attire with hair in a bun and bring all styles of current dance shoes - jazz, ballet, tap, pointe, and hip hop. 

Rehearsals will be conducted from 3:00PM to 6:00PM every Saturday from September through mid November.  Youth cast members will also attend a 4 to 5 day choreographic camp.  Also, all dancers cast in the show are required to enroll in a studio class for the 2016-2017 dance season at any of our CDC locations (this class may not be an Acro class due to class size limitations).

For more information, please contact .

For information regarding Tickets or Group Ticket Packages, call or visit the Creative Dance Center Ashburn Studio at (703) 724-4900.

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