Discover how we create movement material and delve into the repertoire of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! with New Adventures Dance Artists Kerry Biggin, Isaac Bowry, Stephanie Billers, Shoko Ito, Dominic North and Paul Smethurst.
You'll also find examples of New Adventures style warm ups and choreography from our repertoire.
Our exercises and activities are adapted for a Primary School level; GCSE, A Level & BTEC students and those with a general level of dance experience, however anyone can try these at home!
Nutcracker! Behind The Scenes
The Children's March
Learn The Children's March from Act One, with the option of a seated version.
Learn the Eurythmics Dance from Act One, with the option of a seated version.
Learn an adapted version of the Snow Dance from the end of Act One, with the option of a seated version.
The Tasting Dance
Learn an adapted version the Tasting Dance from Act Two, with the option of a seated version.
Learn an adapted version of the Allsorts Dance from Act Two, suitable for GCSE/BTec Level.
Learn an adapted version of the Gobstopper’s Dance from Act Two.
Toys/Games Top and Tail
This creative task is inspired by a scene in Act 1 where the governors bring a basket of toys for the orphans. It explores various physical and emotional ideas relating to Victorian games and toys. For example, the joy the orphans feel when playing with a toy they’ve never seen before. This task helps to develop skills such as coordination and collaboration and is a fantastic way to create unique movement phrases.
Creating a Sweetie Character
This task is based on the characters of Sweetie Land in Act 2, and students will develop their own sweetie character. This task helps to embody and develop characterisation.
The Mirror Dance
This task is based on the mirror dance in Act 2, where the Marshmallows are helping Princess Sugar get ready for her wedding. This is a group task that helps develop skills in characterisation, collaboration and spatial awareness.