Caption This! Meme-Worthy Nutcracker Moments

San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker is a feast for the eyes and ears–a traditional take on the beloved classic that nevertheless has a few charming twists: it’s set in San Francisco in 1915 rather than in 19th-century Europe, and Clara is magically transformed in the second act to an adult version of herself, so she can dance the grand pas de deux with the Prince.

The phenomenon that Willam Christensen started in San Francisco in 1944 with America’s first complete Nutcracker has branched in many, many directions,  from choreographer Mark Morris’ irreverent The Hard Nut to the Dance-Along Nutcracker to the many, many different school and company productions across the Bay Area (and the country!). In short, Nutcracker has become enough of a cultural phenomenon that a bit of good-natured riffing serves only to burnish its holiday glow. 

With that in mind, we invite you to write your own captions for the images below. We’ll then select 15 captions at random, and give away dress circle level tickets to the Thursday December 12, 2019, 7 pm performance of Nutcracker to 15 lucky winners!

To enter, comment below (where it says “Reply”), or share your caption with us on social media by commenting on our posts on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter, and adding #Nutcracker75. Or, in your own posts, tagging us (@sfballet) and adding #Nutcracker75, for a chance to win. Please note: If your account is private, please send us a DM. All entries must be posted by Monday, November 11, 2019 at midnight PST.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson
Tiit Helimets in Tomasson’s Nutcracker. (© Erik Tomasson)
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

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Nutcracker Master Class Giveaway

Calling all dancers (and audience members) who dream of sugar plums, nutcrackers, and magical snowflakes! On November 17, SF Ballet is hosting two master classes at our rehearsal studios—one for dancers ages eight to 14, and one for dancers ages 20+. Experience the magic of Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker from this inside perspective, while learning the beloved choreography!

Comment below with your favorite Nutcracker variation (or post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, tag @sfballet and add #Nutcracker75) and you will be entered to win a free spot in one of the following master classes (as a participant or observer, depending on age and ballet experience):

Sasha De Sola in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

At 11 am, SF Ballet Principal Dancer Sasha De Sola will lead intermediate and advanced dancers ages 20+ in learning variations from some of the most memorable choreography from our production.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

In the afternoon, children ages 10–14 who are currently training in ballet can get a glimpse of what it is like to be at the Stahlbaum’s Christmas party. SF Ballet School Faculty member Kristi DeCaminada—who coaches the children’s roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker—will guide them through some of the ballet’s beloved children’s roles.

Want an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the choreography from Nutcracker and the craft of dance instruction? Both of these master classes are open to observers ages eight and up. Children eight through 14 must be accompanied by an adult.


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Header Image: San Francisco Ballet School Master Class // © Chris Hardy