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BalletNova Presents Nutcracker Tea in Pentagon City

BalletNova, a Bailey’s Crossroads-based dance studio, is presenting The Nutcracker Tea on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, located at 1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington. Attendees can enjoy tea and a mini-performance of BalletNova’s production of The Nutcracker, which recently wrapped a four-day run at the dance studio.

“This elegant production and accomplished cast will capture our imaginations as only the magic of ballet can,” said Laveen Naidu, BalletNova’s new artistic director.

Patrons have an exclusive opportunity to meet the dancers and take photographs with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Children will have the opportunity to do crafts and raffle prizes will be awarded at the event. Proceeds from the event support the BalletNova Free Ticket and Scholarship programs, which help students and families in-need engage in the arts.

Over 400 free performance tickets are shared with students from Fairfax, Arlington, Falls Church and Alexandria public schools as well as organizations such as Shelter House, Doorways for Women, The Boys and Girls Clubs and Borromeo Housing. Also, BalletNova awards over $48,000 per year in tuition assistance to deserving young dancers.

Tickets for the event are $42 for children ages 12 and under and $72 for everyone else. Tables of four can be reserved for $290. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit BalletNova.org or call 703-778-3008.