The Nutcracker: Welcoming the Holiday Spirit

The lush score, vivid staging and extraordinary performances that have made our UNCSA production a beloved holiday tradition have returned to the Stevens Center stage bringing with it the magic and energy of live performance.

Nothing beats the thrill of live performance — for the artists and the audience,” said Chancellor Brian Cole. “Last year, amid COVID-19 restrictions, UNCSA came together to create an innovative, all-new Nutcracker’ film which reached audiences near and far online. This year, we’re excited to offer both live and recorded performances, so that everyone can share in the delight of our stunning stage production.”

To celebrate the return of “The Nutcracker” to the Stevens Center, the UNCSA School of Dance presents “The Nutcracker” Social Media Dance Challenge for a chance to win free tickets. Participants are invited to post a video on Tik Tok of themselves doing one of two short dances choreographed and performed by students in the School of Dance. Entries will also be accepted on Instagram Reels. One winner will be announced each Monday for the remainder of November, and each week’s winner will be awarded their choice of two individual tickets to either the Dec. 15 or 16 evening performance or one household ticket to the “Nutcracker On-Demand Experience.” Entries will be evaluated on execution, originality and creativity, character/personality and style.

Throughout the pandemic, social media and virtual platforms allowed dancers and audiences to stay connected through the art form,” said Dean of Dance Endalyn Taylor. “The Tik Tok and Instagram Challenge is a fun way to launch our return to live performance and celebrate the dance artists that lives in each one of us.”

Entrants should use hashtags #UNCSAnutcracker and #Nutz. Additional information about “The Nutcracker” Social Media Challenge is available at

Tickets are on sale now for “The Nutcracker” with 11 live performances at the historic Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem, Dec. 10-19, and the “Nutcracker On-Demand Experience” available beginning Dec. 20. In addition to evening performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 and Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 15-17, UNCSA will offer a family-friendly Thursday morning performance at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16 and Saturday matinees at noon and 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 18, and 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Dec. 12 and 19. Tickets available at and by calling the Stevens Center Box Office at 336-721-1945.


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