Nutcracker Performance Ideas
These are new performance ideas for the Nutcracker.
Story of the Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky composer video
Chinese Dance with red, white and green paper plates
Trepak with scarves – regular light and black light
Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy with white paper plates
Waltz of the Flowers – multicolored paper plates
March from the Nutcracker – bucket drum
There are additional activities for the Nutcracker in Units – Festivals and Holidays – Happy Holidays Units.
3 Chinese Dance with red, white, green paper plates
This is a very simple choreography that you could do with your youngest students.
We filmed the video on a green screen, so used blue plates instead of green. (so you
can see them!)
The pattern is as follows:
1. circle with both plates 4 times
2. "march" the plates L R L R L R L R
ending: march up and hold
The pattern is done in this color order: red, white, green, white, red & green, all colors.
For the ending, "march" the plates up and hold
Invite your students to create new patterns!
5 Move with scarves to Trepak from the Nutcracker
Move with scarves to Trepak from the Nutcracker
A new video will be coming soon.
Try doing this with white scarves under black lights!
6 Use white scarves under black lights for a really interesting performance of Trepak
Use white scarves under black lights for a really interesting performance of Trepak
The white scarves used were pieces of white netting purchased at a fabric store.
7 Trepak - Audio Track
Trepak - Audio Track
8 Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Teach the rhythm pattern. Students could clap, tap or play it on instruments.
(The ending is a little different than the rhythm of the original work)
When students are confident, listen to the audio and play this pattern each time it occurs. Keep the beat on all other parts.
Intro - 4 measures (16 beats)
play pattern 3x
play beat for 16 measures, then rest during the "swirly" celeste part.
play pattern 3x
keep the beat for 4 measures (16 beats)
Give each student 2 paper plates, and copy the choreography in the video.
9 Audio for Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Use the audio to play along with the rhythm above.
12 Audio for Waltz of the Flowers
Audio for Waltz of the Flowers
13 Learn page 1 of March from the Nutcracker
Learn page 1 of March from the Nutcracker
14 Learn page 2 of March from the Nutcracker
Learn page 2 of March from the Nutcracker
15 Learn page 4 of March from the Nutcracker
Learn page 4 of March from the Nutcracker
17 Black Light performance idea for March from the Nutcracker
Black Light performance idea for March from the Nutcracker
This took some experimenting.
Fluorescent spray paint on sticks and bucket was what eventually worked
18 March of the Nutcracker - audio track
March of the Nutcracker - audio track