Monday, February 17, 2014

The Chinese Nutcracker - A Pittsburgh Exclusive

The #Chinese #Nutcracker is an old classic with a new twist. Pittsburgh audiences will have the opportunity to see the creative interpretation of a beloved story through the eyes of an accomplished Chinese dancer who has made Pittsburgh her home. There will be 2 performances only. Both shows will be on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the August Wilson Center in downtown Pittsburgh. One at 4:30PM and one at 7PM.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ***use discount code ST9203YDA for 20% off tickets until 2/28 @9pm.***  Tickets are available online at showclix.

The performance, which runs for 1 hour and 15 minutes, will educate and entertain both adults and children alike.  Yanlai Dance Academy is hoping to expose Pittsburghers to the beauty and variety of Chinese dance, language, clothing, religion and traditions.

For a sneak peek at the performance and to find out about the dance studio check out CBS local coverage and WQED's video here.

Attendees will be exposed to the Chinese culture without ever having to leaves their seats :) For instance, Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday for the Chinese people. It's a celebration like our Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years combined! You will see customs associated with Chinese New Year:  children receiving red envelopes filled with money, multigenerational celebrations, and everyone making dumplings.
You will learn that the Chinese people are not all alike.  China (with 1.3 billion people) has many ethnic groups -- each having their own language, clothing, religion, traditions and #dance. You will be mesmerized by dances from the Buddhist Tibetan people, Islamic Uhygar people, southern Dai people (who are considered the ancestors of people now living in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos), and an amazing dance from the northern nomadic Mongolian people where the entire dance is done while each dancer has a stack of bowls balanced on her head.

Of course, through all of this, you will also enjoy the story of The Chinese Nutcracker.  The performance has comedy (kids chasing a huge piece of candy), action (a demon stealing away a little girl's white horse only to be conquered by a group of lion cubs), and fantasy (dancers representing snow magically transforming a horse toy & a little girl into a prince and fairy goddess).

I look forward to attending this performance with my son, his fellow cub scouts, and their families. This will be a wonderful experience to expose us to the diversity and richness of our world.

If you are also intrigued by the opportunity to attend this performance, tickets are still available at

This is not a paid post. I have received no compensation for this post. I'm sharing this because of my love for the arts in the hopes that you might enjoy it too :)

Thanks for stopping by,
Terri :)

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  1. Terri -- wanted to thank you personally for this post. Hope your readers consider coming. It's a great family night out. And with the weather finally changing, I think we all can use a night out soon. Theresa

  2. Theresa,
    You're so very welcome :) I'm looking forward to the performance and thank you for the opportunity to share it.