Photos by David Cooper.


Arts Umbrella puts a new twist on holiday favourite

Dates: December 13-15, 2019
Times: 7:00pm Friday and Saturday / 2:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Venue: Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Admission: Students & Seniors: $25 / Adults: $30
Tickets & Info: Tickets on sale NOW at

Arts Umbrella’s Mixed Nuts is a beloved holiday tradition. A unique interpretation of The Nutcracker, the show is updated each year with works by local choreographers, new sets, costumes and a musical. Arts Umbrella dancers, Vancouver-based choreographers and emerging dance artists all combine their talents for one of the most entertaining shows of the holiday season.

Featuring a variety of dance styles from hip-hop, to ballroom, to the classic grand pas-de-deux, this year’s production mixes old favourites and new pieces choreographed by leading Vancouver and Canadian dancers, including Ballet BC and Kidd Pivot company members.

“This year, we’ve decided to take the show in an even more fun and engaging direction by adopting a theme based around the 1949 board game, Candy Land, “ says Arts Umbrella Dance Artistic Director Artemis Gordon. “In place of the traditional Chinese, Arabian, Russian, and Spanish dances, we have emphasize their candy counterparts to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth.”

The second act will feature a candy-inspired set, costume design, and choreography. Expect to see a family-friendly production filled with gingerbread people, candy canes, Hershey kisses, lollipops, chocolates, sugar plums, and cinnamon hearts, along with a panoply of emerging dance artists.

The fun-filled show is specially suited to Metro Vancouver families and those in the dance community, including professionals, students and instructors.

About Arts Umbrella Dance

Arts Umbrella Dance is a rigorous program designed for dancers ages 6-22. From the General Program to the Pre-Professional Training and Post-Secondary Programs, the excellence and innovation of Arts Umbrella Dance permeates everything they do. At the leading edge of arts education, the Dance Program works with an incredible faculty of dance artists—instructors in ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance at the fore of their fields. At higher levels, dancers also perform world-class choreography and rehearse with local and international guest artists. Its graduates go on to dance with some of the most prestigious companies around the world, and are known for their professionalism and integrity.

About Arts Umbrella

Arts Umbrella believes that art is powerful, that it can change a child’s life. That’s why Arts Umbrella’s programs in Dance, Theatre, and Visual Arts are made accessible to all young people—through bursaries, scholarships, and donor-funded community programs. This year, Arts Umbrella will serve more than 24,000 students, with 80% participating at little to no cost. Since 1979, Arts Umbrella has been active in its communities, inspiring kids to build their creative confidence and develop the building blocks for life: critical-thinking skills, improved self-esteem, and tools for collaboration.




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