The Nutcracker Suite

Winter Recital

The Nutcracker Suite

Dear Parents,

The holiday season is upon us, the most wonderful time of the year! If you are receiving this email, your child is age 3 or above and enrolled in Discovery ballet class, and will be participating in our annual Nutcracker Suite Winter Recital. 
The teachers and students have already started preparing their dances and look forward to sharing the performance with friends and family. Please review all of the information below, as it contains extremely important details about the shows.

PERFORMANCES – Sunday, December 10th, 2017
We will again have two shows this year, the first at 11:00am and the second at 2:00pm. Both shows will take place at 251 W. 100th St., New York, NY 10025. Both recitals will be on Sunday, December 10th. Most classes will be performing in only one of the two shows, but some classes will perform in both (see below). Your child’s role and show can be found at the end of this email.

Show 1
Sunday, December 10th, 11:00am 
Doors will open 20 minutes before the performance at 10:40am

Dancer Drop-Off 
9:15am – 4/5s and up
9:30am – 3 and 3/4s

Show 2
Sunday, December 10th, 2:00pm
Doors will open 20 minutes before performance at 1:40pm

Dancer Drop-Off 
12:45pm – all dancers

Discovery Programs
Entrance is between Broadway and West End Avenue, marked by ramp.

If your child is in both performances, parents may choose which performance you would like to attend (or you can attend both). Your child must participate in both recitals. The children will have a break until 12:45pm.


We will have one rehearsal for each class. Please see below for your child’s rehearsal time. Please let your teacher know, or email Tori at if you are unable to attend the rehearsal.

The rehearsals will be drop-off. Parents are welcome to wait in the upper landing while the classes run through the rehearsal.

Rehearsal on Friday, December 1st
Classes rehearsing from 3:00 – 3:30pm:
Monday 4:00pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm

Classes rehearsing from 3:45 – 4:15pm:
Monday 3:15pm
Monday 4:45pm
Classes rehearsing from 4:15 – 5:00pm:
All Tuesday classes

Rehearsal Friday, December 8th
Classes rehearsing from 3:00 – 4:30pm:
Wednesday 3:45 pm
Wednesday 4:45 pm

Classes rehearsing from 4:30 – 5:00pm:
All Saturday classes

The rehearsals will be at Discovery Programs’ main location, 
Between Broadway and West End Avenue


All dancers receive two complimentary tickets to the performance. Families can also purchase additional tickets at the Front Desk on a first come, first serve basis. All tickets will be ready for pickup starting November 6th.

Separate tickets will be sold for the 11am and 2pm performances, so please specify which show your child is performing in when purchasing your additional tickets. For families with children performing in both shows, you will only need to pay for one set of extra tickets. Each additional ticket is $15 for adults and $10 for children, cash or check only. Children who are able to sit in a parent’s lap do not need to buy a ticket.

Families must pick up/purchase all tickets by December 8th. There will be no will-call or ticket sales on the day of the performance.

We will provide all costumes, as we reuse them from year to year! For both the rehearsal and show dates, dancers can arrive at Discovery in the normal ballet uniform that they wear to class each week.

The Nutcracker Suite will be professionally recorded and available for purchase. DVD order forms will be available in the lobby after the shows.

Each class will be performing a dance inspired by the Nutcracker! On the day of the performance, students are separated by their class dance. It is very important that you know what dance AND performance (11am, 2pm or both) your child is in.

Below are the class times and dancers’ roles: 
Because of the number of students, there will be two shows. Most classes will perform in only one show, but a few will be performing in both the morning and afternoon.

Morning Show – 11:00 am 

Monday Classes
Ballet (4/5 years) 3:15pm: Spanish
Ballet (3/4 years) 4:00pm: Mice
Ballet (4/5 years) 4:45pm: Russian

Tuesday Classes
Ballet (3/4 years) 11:30am: Chinese
Ballet (5/6 years) 5:15pm: Flowers (Both Shows)

Wednesday Classes
Ballet (5-7 years) 3:45pm: Dolls (Both Shows)
Ballet (8-10 years) 4:45pm: Young Claras (Both Shows)

Saturday Classes
Ballet (5/7 years) 9:00am: Snow (Both Shows)
Ballet (4/5 years) 11:30am: Marzipan

Afternoon Show – 2:00 pm 
Ballet (4/5 years) 3:45pm: Russian
Ballet (3/4 years) 4:30pm: Angels
Ballet (5/6 years) 5:15pm: Flowers (Both Shows)
Ballet (3/4 years) 3:00pm: Mice
Ballet (5-7 years) 3:45pm: Dolls (Both Shows)
Ballet (8-10 years) 4:45pmYoung Claras (Both Shows)
Ballet (5/7 years) 9:00am: Snow (Both Shows)
Ballet (4/5 years) 10:45am: Mother Ginger

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns either by email, tori.discovery@gmail.comor phone, 212-749-8717.


Tori Champion
Assistant to the Director