The Melrose Youth Ballet puts on a great production of the Nutcracker. As a Joy School we got to go for 7 bucks a pop to the Friday afternoon "school" performance. It was a perfectly informal affair where these 6 little joyschool girls could get up in the isle and dance away when they felt the dancing urge (which they seemed to feel very strongly quite often throughout the performance).
Hazel lasted pretty well throughout the ballet (I'm sure the dancing breaks helped with this.) She was fascinated by the ballerinas and Clara and we were both delighted to be on a fancy date together. I dressed in taffeta and was by far the fanciest one there.....and that thrilled Hazel more than I would have expected.