Nutcracker Recital Information – December 11

“We wanted to thank you and your staff for putting such a lovely show on Sunday. We truly enjoyed it and the production was beautiful.”

A magical experience and moment to treasure! Discovery dancers, ages 3-12, tell the story of the Nutcracker Suite. On stage and in costume they perform before a very appreciative audience and have the time of their lives!

The children are costumed for the performance only in special Nutcracker costumes.

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe, but winter is just around the corner! If you are receiving this email, your child is enrolled in a ballet class. All dancers 3 and up participate in the Annual Nutcracker Suite. If your child is in ballet but is not in a class aged 3 or above, please disregard this email.

The teachers and students started preparing their dances and look forward to sharing the performance with friends and family. Please review all of the information below as it has extremely important details about the shows.


PERFORMANCES- Sunday December 11th, 2016

We have two shows this year at 11:00am and 2:00pm to accommodate our growing dance department – this way we can seat all family and friends comfortably. Both shows will take place at 251 W. 100th St., New York, NY 10025. Both recitals will be on Sunday, December 11th. 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 11th, 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 11th, 2:00pm

Doors will open 20 minutes before performance at 1:40pm

Dancer drop off 

12:45pm – all dancers

Discovery Programs
251 West 100th Street, Lower Level

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 12:45.


We will have one rehearsal for each class. Please see below for your child’s rehearsal time. Please let your teacher know, or email Emma 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 performance.


Friday, November 18th
Classes rehearsing from 3:00 – 3:45pm:
Wednesday 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:45 am

Thursday 2:00 pm

Classes rehearsing from 3:45 – 4:45pm:
Wednesday 3:45 pm
Wednesday 4:45 pm
Saturday 9:00 am

Saturday 11:30 am

Friday, December 2nd
Classes rehearsing from 3:00 – 3:45pm:
Monday 3:00 pm
Monday 3:45 pm

Tuesday 11:30 am

Classes rehearsing from 3:45 – 4:45pm:
Monday 4:30 pm
Tuesday 3:45 pm
Tuesday 4:30 pm
Tuesday 5:15 pm
The rehearsals will be at Discovery Programs’ main location, 
251 West 100th Street

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 after November 7th.


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 7th. There will be no will-call on the day of the performance.


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 (2.7-3 years) 3:00pm: Mice
Ballet (3/4 years) 3:45pm: Mice

Ballet (4/5 years) 4:30pmSpanish


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

Wednesday Classes
Ballet (5/6 years) 3:45pmSnow (Both Shows)

Ballet (7/8 years) 4:45pmFinale (Both Shows)


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

Ballet (3/4 years) 10:45am: Chinese

Afternoon Show- 2:00 pm
Ballet (3/4 years) 3:45pm: Little Snowflakes
Ballet (4/5 years) 4:30pm: Russian

Ballet (5/6 years) 5:15pm: Flowers (Both Shows)

Ballet (3/4 years) 3:00pm: Mice
Ballet (5/6 years) 3:45pmSnow (Both Shows)
Ballet (7/8 years) 4:45pm: Finale (Both Shows)

Ballet (3/4 years) 2:00pm: Angels

Ballet (5/7 years) 9:00am: Marzipan (Both Shows)

Ballet (4/5 years) 11:30am: Little Sugar Plums and Cavalier

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

All the best,

Emma Ryals Ward
Recital Coordinator