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West Australian Ballet produces Creative Learning Resources for Primary and Secondary school teachers and students, which provide professional examples of choreographic process, decisions and reasoning. These resources are designed to support the WA School Curriculum by encouraging discussion, reflection and evaluation of West Australian Ballet's performances.

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The Nutcracker | 2020

Explore all the resources available to plan a fun and educational lesson prior to, or following, your school’s visit to our School Matinee Performance of The Nutcracker on Thursday 1 December, 2020 at 12.00pm (Week 8, Term 4).

The Nutcracker Resources

Meet the Characters

Meet characters from The Nutcracker through sketches of the costumes by Costume Designer Charles Cusick Smith.

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The Nutcracker Resources

Music Notes

Learn about the iconic instrument, the Celesta – which is known the world over as the sound of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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The Nutcracker Resources

Read the Synopsis

Read the synopsis of The Nutcracker.

Read the synopsis

The Nutcracker Resources

Come Behind the Scenes

Come behind the scenes to The Nutcracker's creation in 2016. Discover how the sets and costumes were created and watch rehearsal excerpts in the studio.

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The Nutcracker Resources

Mini Reviewers

Two of City of Perth’s tiniest journalists interview Principal dancer Matthew Lehmann and Corps de Ballet's Asja Petrovski, and then give their review of The Nutcracker.

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How to Review Dance

Dance practitioner, Amy Wiseman, shares insights into her process for reviewing dance.

Read one of Amy’s reviews for WA’s Arts Playground, Seesaw: Read here.

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Storytime Adventures

Join West Australian Ballet’s dancers as they tell stories with interactive movement and dance.


Storytime Adventures - The Sleeping Beauty

Join West Australian Ballet Soloist Polly Hilton as she reads The Sleeping Beauty with interactive activities for young children. This Storytime Adventure can be done entirely whilst seated.

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Storytime Adventures - Giraffes Can't Dance

Join West Australian Ballet Corps de Ballet member Emma-Rose Barrowclough as she reads Giraffes Can't Dance with interactive activities for young children. Get ready to move like an animal!

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Storytime Adventures - Alice in Wonderland

Join West Australian Ballet Young Artist Brent Carson as he reads Alice in Wonderland with interactive activities for young children. Come whirling down the rabbit hole with us!

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