Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Washington Ballet Nutcracker Tea Party a Sell-Out Success

Toy Soldiers (Photo: Joy Asico)

From our friends at The Washington Ballet...

Nutcracker Tea Party

Sold-out event raised $235,000 to benefit community outreach

The Washington Ballet's (TWB) annual Nutcracker Tea Party was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Over 500 guests enjoyed an elegant formal tea service and a "Land of Sweets" that featured delectable holiday delights by Fluffness, Sugar and Ice, and Dolci Gelati.

Guests were greeted by a brigade of Nutcracker soldiers who lined the grand staircase that led to the stunning ballroom which was transformed with elaborate ballet-themed décor and balloons. More than 20 costumed cast members welcomed party goers who had the rare opportunity to have their picture taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Tea Party followed the 1 PM performance of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre, TWB's iconic production of this classic holiday ballet. Event attendees included trustees from The Washington Ballet and the National Museum of Women in the Arts as well as Lesli Foster of WUSA9 and corporate sponsors CityCenterDC, David Yurman, National Retail Federation and CHANEL. The event raised $235,000 which will benefit TWB's education and community outreach programs.

Performances of The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre run through December 24 and tickets may be purchased online at or at the Warner Theatre box office.

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The Washington Ballet (TWB) was originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976. The Washington Ballet is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States. TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián, as well as neoclassical masterworks and fresh staging of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Interim Executive Director Shakira Segundo and Artistic Director Julie Kent, TWB continues to serve its three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs.