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Chicken shakes and/or other small shakers

Jinglesticks (beatring / tambourine triangle)

Claves and other soft sounding wooden instruments


This lesson without instruments

Claves = pencil on the table

Shakers = selfmade shakers

Tambourine = clap, or clap with a piece of paper in one hand

Go through the lesson yourself

Memorising the story and: the text is very short and brief and serves more like a reminder.

Setting up instruments and materials


After telling the story you look back on the journey that Clara and the Nutcracker made through the various countries. One of these countries was Russia, where they got acquainted with Russian dance. In it, male dancers make high jumps and other acrobatic moves. Watch 1 or 2 dance videos together. 


Which one of the children knows a special dance move or an acrobatic trick? Invite them to come and show it in front of the class.


After practicing and reading the score (this can still be done without instruments, and you don’t have to do the entire score) the children can play along to the music of the Russian dance through the play along video.

Background information:

The Nutcracker is a ballet from the year of 1892 to music by Pjotr Iljitsj Tchaikovsky.

The original choreography, based on a fairy-tale by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann, was created by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

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