Northern Plains Dance is pleased to invite educators and their students to a spectacular educational presentation of The Nutcracker, being presented Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Belle Mehus Auditorium. This delightful stage production has particular appeal for the young and the young at heart. 

Each year, Northern Plains Dance presents the only classical full-length performance of The Nutcracker in the state of North Dakota. Take your students on a journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets, stirring their imagination and creating a lasting experience, all while learning about the process of creating the magic of The Nutcracker.

Northern Plains Dance's Nutcracker Educational Presentation is an excellent opportunity to introduce students to classical ballet and to foster an appreciation of the arts. Excerpts from Northern Plains Dance's extravagant annual production will be presented to elementary school children, featuring a conversation with NPD's Directror, Hollis Mackintosh Heid, about the story and history of The Nutcracker, dance vocabulary, theater etiquette, and a chance to interact with the dancers on stage. The presentation allows students to view live ballet performance in a theater setting and shows how dance can be used to express many different concepts and feelings.

Nutcracker Educational Presentations will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 10:00am and 1:00pm.

Student groups of any age and size are welcome to attend depending on space availability. Reserve your seats early to ensure you don't miss out. Last year, we sold out so don't miss this opportunity!


Register by December 1, 2017. Student admission is $3.00. 

Once your group is registered, you will receive a student packet via email, full of information about The Nutcracker, the importance of dance and the arts, behind-the-scenes facts, and much more. In addition, you will receive a teacher packet with more in-depth information for discussion, dance concept activities and fun-filled educational materials for you to use in the classroom before and after the performance.


Each group is required to provide one chaperone for every ten students. This means that a group of 1-10 students would have one chaperone, and a group of 11-20 would have two, and so on. These required chaperones will attend free of charge. Any additional chaperones you choose to bring will be admitted at a rate of $5.00 per person.