Southern California Ballet recently hosted a fun, unique event for local Girl Scouts. Titled Dance The Nutcracker in a Day, the event offered just that: a single afternoon introduction to The Nutcracker, choreography instruction, and a final performance. Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts from eight local troops attended the event, earning a ballet patch along the way.

The afternoon started with a reading of The Nutcracker story, followed by a presentation about ballet and the creation of The Nutcracker ballet. Girls got a tour of the Southern California Ballet Studios, including costumes, props, and scenery. After a snack and craft break, they warmed up, learned the dances, and got ready to perform for their parents and guests.

The event was made possible by a grant from the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation. Learn more at