Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky is the most famous name associated with this ballet which has become a Christmas tradition since it was first performed in St. Petersburg 1892. But he was only one member of the creative team that created the ballet. The original choreography was done by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and the story itself is based on the E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Today and Thursday Class Act Performing Arts Studio is presenting its version of the ballet at Conexus Arts Centre. Both days there’s performances at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., and tickets areĀ $25-25-$34.25.

To give you a taste here’s an excerpt from the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy as performed by the Bolshoi Ballet: