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Premiering at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersberg in 1892, The Nutcracker has been performed countless numbers of times around the world, captivating audiences with its tale of Christmas magic. The two-act ballet has become so associated with holiday rituals that it’s hard to hear Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s infamous musical score and not immediately think of gingerbread, decorated trees and presents.

This November, Ballet Jörgen is bringing a Canadian reworking of this classic tale to cities across the country. The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition, tells the story of an orphaned immigrant girl who has an enchanted Christmas Eve journey in some of Canada’s most beautiful winter landscapes. This version of the ballet will also feature landscape paintings of the Group of Seven, a group of painters who beautifully captured scenes of the Canadian painters.

There’s perhaps no better ballet company to put on a Canadian version of The Nutcracker than Ballet Jörgen. A home grown ballet company founded in 1982, Ballet Jörgen has performed 216 original ballets across Canada. Today, the company is comprised of dancers from all over the world, and also offers a range of programs for aspiring ballet dancers.

November is a great time to be a ballet fan in Regina, as later in the month the award-winning Moscow Ballet will be performing the iconic Swan Lake at the Conexus Arts Centre. Featuring another of Tchaikovsky’s haunting compositions, Swan Lake is possibly one of the most famous and popular of all ballets and helped to establish the art of ballet as we know it today. Prior to the performance, you can also attend a three-course dinner at the Conexus Arts Centre. This will surely be a night to remember. 

After a watching an enchanting dreamlike ballet performance, you’ll want a place where you can fall into a deep sleep filled with dreams of sugar plum fairies. Luckily the beds at Regina Airport West are so comfortable you should have no trouble drifting off into dreamland. Book your stay today to experience our convenient location, plentiful amenities and friendly service.