Beck Center Dance Education Offers Festive Events

Beck Center Dance Education brings in the holiday season as it presents A Journey with Clara to the Land of Sweets and its popular biannual Holiday Tea Party. With several dates and times to choose from, you should be able to find a time that is right for you and your family.

A Journey with Clara to the Land of the Sweets takes place on Sunday, November 23, in the Recital Hall of Beck Center’s Music & Dance building. This dance workshop offers 90 magical minutes of fantasy fun for children ages 4 to 8 years. Students may select from two class times - 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per student. Class size is limited, so enroll today!

The young students will join Clara on a magical journey through the Land of the Sweets. They will listen to the story, watch portions of the story unfold, and learn simple dance steps from Beck Center dancers. The workshop concludes with an opportunity to take photos of the students with their favorite characters from "The Nutcracker". A Journey with Clara is a fundraiser supporting Beck Center dancers who are taking their own journey to the Youth American Grand Prix competition in Chicago in February 2015.

The Dance Alliance of Beck Center is inviting children and their families to a Holiday Tea Party on December 6 and 7 in the Recital Hall of the Music & Dance building at Beck Center. Guests will enjoy entertainment by the Beck Center Dance Workshop and select dancers as they perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, "The Nutcracker".

“The Holiday Tea is especially appealing to families with young children as they watch the story come alive right before their eyes", said Associate Director of Dance Melanie Szucs, who is also choreographing the piece.

There are two performances on Saturday, December 6 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., which include complimentary beverages and desserts. High tea will be served at two performances on Sunday, December 7 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., including sandwiches, fresh vegetables, desserts and beverages. Tickets for the Saturday performances are $10 per person and for the Sunday performances, $12. Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is limited and tickets are selling fast.

Finally, as is tradition for the Holiday Tea, the 70 performers will take "The Nutcracker" on the road to three area nursing homes on Saturday, December 13. “Our dancers will share the holiday production with residents at Lutheran Home Concord Reserve, Our Lady of the Woods and Eliza Jennings”, said Szucs.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling Customer Services at 216-521-2540, x10. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Free onsite parking is available.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator at the Beck Center.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:18 PM, 11.11.2014