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*GOLDEN KEY* EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO 'THE NUTCRACKER: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS'

Support Ballet Austin with a donation of $100 or more and enjoy three weeks of unlimited, on-demand viewing of
THE NUTCRACKER digital film, plus the following:

Bonus material, cast and crew interviews, and behind-the-scenes featurettes;
Holiday recipes and decorating ideas, health and wellness tips;
On-demand, holiday-themed dance lessons, and live-streamed dance & fitness classes; and
Family-friendly contests and games, Nutcracker traditions, and more!
ACCESS NUTCRACKER-RELATED CONTENT WITH AN INTERNET-CONNECTED SCREEN OR VIDEO VIEWING DEVICE.
Ballet Austin supporters will receive access to a WEB PORTAL PAGE containing all video-on-demand content,
including a VIDEO PLAYER housing THE NUTCRACKER digital film, along with daily programming information.
Links to THE NUTCRACKER web portal page with video player will be delivered
via email beginning Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at 10 a.m. CT.

Nutcracker *Golden Key* Exclusive Access - Daily Programming Schedule

SATURDAY, DEC. 12:
Let’s Party!

Enjoy on-demand viewing of THE NUTCRACKER digital film through Jan. 1, 2021, plus bonus experiences themed for the “Party Scene.”


ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT:

  • “The Clara Diaries” – Hear from Ballet Austin Academy students about their Nutcracker experience, including the chance to star in the lead role of “Clara.”
  • “EAT WELL: Holiday Entertaining” –  Get recipes and tips on fun party food to serve your guests while staying healthy and safe at home
  • “BE ACTIVE: The Hip Hop Nutcracker” – Learn moves and grooves themed for the holidays with Hip Hop instructor Dereke Thompson


VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES:

  • BA LIVE! / Dance & Fitness Classes – Sample live-streamed dance and fitness offerings from the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

SUNDAY, DEC. 13:
Rats!

Enjoy on-demand viewing of THE NUTCRACKER digital film through Jan. 1, 2021, plus bonus experiences themed for the “Rats Fight Scene.”


ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT:

  • “While the Staff’s Away, the Rats Will Play…” – See what’s been going on at the Ballet Austin studios while dancers and staff have been working remotely, allowing some dastardly critters free run of the office…
  • “BE CREATIVE: Fight Scene Choreography” –  Learn from pros about what it takes to dance and “fight” at the same time.
  • “BE ACTIVE: Dance Like a Rat” – When the lights go down, these giant rodents show up…and boogie down! Learn fun dance steps performed by the Rats in THE NUTCRACKER.


VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES:

  • BA LIVE! / Dance & Fitness Classes – Sample live-streamed dance and fitness offerings from the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

MONDAY, DEC. 14:
Let It Snow!

Enjoy on-demand viewing of THE NUTCRACKER digital film through Jan. 1, 2021, plus bonus experiences themed for the “Snow Scene.”


ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT:

  • “Band of Sisters: The Snow Corps” – Their signature swirls are the backbone of Nutcracker magic! Hear from female dancers who perform the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” about the challenges and rewards of dancing en masse in the corps de ballet.
  • “BE CURIOUS: How to Make It Snow on Stage” –  Learn special effects tricks of the trade from Ballet Austin’s production team.
  • “BE ACTIVE: Mat Pilates with the Snow Queen” – Ballet Austin dancer and certified Pilates instructor Elise Pekarek puts you through a workout fit for the “Snow Queen.”


VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES:

  • BA LIVE! / Dance & Fitness Classes – Sample live-streamed dance and fitness offerings from the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

TUESDAY, DEC. 15:
Get Your Chocolate Fix!

Enjoy on-demand viewing of THE NUTCRACKER digital film through Jan. 1, 2021, plus bonus experiences themed for the “Chocolate Dance.”


ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT:

  • “Nutcracker Traditions & Superstitions” – Ballet Austin dancers and Nutcracker cast members dish on the traditions and superstitions that make THE NUTCRACKER an unforgettable experience.
  • “EAT WELL: Holiday Chocolate Recipes” –  Get your chocolate fix with holiday recipes from our friends at H-E-B, the underwriter of THE NUTCRACKER: Home for the Holidays.
  • “BE ACTIVE: Beginning Ballet” – Have you always wanted to try ballet? Ballet Austin dancer Max Azaro leads you through a Beginning Ballet class.


VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES:

  • BA LIVE! / Dance & Fitness Classes – Sample live-streamed dance and fitness offerings from the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16:
Your Mid-Week Coffee Klatsch…

Enjoy on-demand viewing of THE NUTCRACKER digital film through Jan. 1, 2021, plus bonus experiences themed for the “Coffee Dance.”


ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT:

  • “Ask A Dancer Q&A” – Put your burning questions to company dancers Courtney Holland and Kevin Murdock-Waters. What’s their favorite part to dance? How do you stay in shape during quarantine? You ask, and they’ll answer!
  • “BE CURIOUS: Pointe Shoe Prep” –  One of the true wonders of the world is the science (and art) behind the construction and preparation of a ballet dancer’s pointe shoes. Ballet Austin dancers Elise Pekarek and Chelsea Marie Renner share their process for getting pointe shoes ready for studio and stage.
  • “BE ACTIVE: Modern/Contemporary” – THE NUTCRACKER’s “Coffee Dance” features more contemporary ballet movement styles. Get a taste of this type of choreography with dance instructor Mia Moi.
  • “BE ACTIVE: Active Aging Workout” – Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director Vicki Parsons offers a special workout for seniors looking to stay fit.


VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES:

  • BA LIVE! / Dance & Fitness Classes – Sample live-streamed dance and fitness offerings from the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

THURSDAY, DEC. 17:
Time for Holiday Cardio

Enjoy on-demand viewing of THE NUTCRACKER digital film through Jan. 1, 2021, plus bonus experiences themed for the “Trepak Dance.”


ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT:

  • “Dancer Cross Training” – Get tips from Ballet Austin’s male dancers about ways to stay flexible and strong for performing and “partnering” other dancers.
  • “BE WELL: Holiday Survival Guide” –  Butler Center for Dance & Fitness Director Vicki Parsons shares ways to survive and thrive during the holidays.
  • “BE ACTIVE: HIIT Cardio Workout” – Dance and fitness instructor Jenny Alperin gets your heart rate up through this energetic workout


VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES:

  • BA LIVE! / Dance & Fitness Classes – Sample live-streamed dance and fitness offerings from the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

FRIDAY, DEC. 18:
Feel the Sugar Rush!

Enjoy on-demand viewing of THE NUTCRACKER digital film through Jan. 1, 2021, plus bonus experiences themed for the “Mother Ginger & the BonBons Dance.”


ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT:

  • “Backstage at THE NUTCRACKER” – Approximately 140 Ballet Austin Academy students perform in the annual stage production of THE NUTCRACKER. Go behind-the-scenes and see what it takes to get them ready to take the stage.
  • “EAT WELL: Kid-Friendly Holiday Treats” –  Looking for simple desserts you can make and enjoy your kiddos? Our friends at H-E-B show you how to turn family time into something sweet!
  • “BE ACTIVE: Bon Bon Dance Party” – They’re tiny, tireless, and hiding under Mother Ginger’s skirt!  Ballet Austin II Ballet Master Alexa Capareda teaches excerpts from THE NUTCRACKER’s famous BonBon children’s dance…the perfect way to burn through a sugar rush before nap time!


VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES:

  • BA LIVE! / Dance & Fitness Classes – Sample live-streamed dance and fitness offerings from the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

SATURDAY, DEC. 19:
Flower Power!

Enjoy on-demand viewing of THE NUTCRACKER digital film through Jan. 1, 2021, plus bonus experiences themed for the “Waltz of the Flowers.”


ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT:

  • “Dancer Demos: Stage Hair & Make-up” – How do you form the perfect “ballet bun”? What’s the best way to keep your headpiece from flying off during turns? Do false eyelashes really make a difference? Veteran dancers Brittany Strickland and Jaime Lynn Witts share their secrets.
  • “BE CREATIVE: Holiday Floral Design” –  Get DIY tips for designing beautiful holiday floral decorations for your home from our friends in the H-E-B Floral Department.
  • “BE ACTIVE: Nutcracker Variations – Waltz of the Flowers” – Learn choreography from this show-stopping scene from Ballet Austin dancer and Flower Soloist Courtney Holland.


VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES:

  • BA LIVE! / Living Room Dance Party (6-10 p.m. CT) – Boogie down for a good cause from the comfort of your living room with one of Austin’s favorite entertainers, DJ Mel!
  • BA LIVE! / Dance & Fitness Classes – Sample live-streamed dance and fitness offerings from the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

SUNDAY, DEC. 20:
Visions of Sugar Plum…

Enjoy on-demand viewing of THE NUTCRACKER digital film through Jan. 1, 2021, plus bonus experiences themed for the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.”


ON-DEMAND ENTERTAINMENT:

  • “Nutcracker Alumni Reflections” – Revisit favorite Nutcracker memories with famous faces from past performances while hearing from Ballet Austin alumni dancers.
  • “BE CURIOUS: Costume Care” –  Take a trip inside Ballet Austin’s wardrobe department and learn the secret to keeping more than 100 Nutcracker costumes ship shape and ready for the show.
  • “BE ACTIVE: Nutcracker Variations – Waltz of the Sugar Plum Fairy” – Learn choreography from one of THE NUTCRACKER’S most-famous scenes, taught by Ballet Austin’s Sugar Plum Fairy, Jaime Lynn Witts.
  • “BE ACTIVE: All I Want for Christmas VideoDance™” – Get in the holiday spirit by learning this fan favorite from dance instructor Jenny Alperin, set to Mariah Carey’s smash holiday hi


VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES:

  • BA LIVE! / Dance & Fitness Classes – Sample live-streamed dance and fitness offerings from the Butler Center for Dance & Fitness.

MONDAY, DEC. 21 to FRIDAY, JAN. 1:
Happy Holidays!

Enjoy on-demand viewing of THE NUTCRACKER digital film, plus all on-demand entertainment, through New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

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