Pre- Dance: Peanut  Cracker

Important Pre-Dance Dates

-October 22nd- Tickets on sale for Peanut Cracker Showcase

-October 24-30th- Pre-Dance Bring a friend

-November 4-9th- Parent Observation & Costume handout @ NSSD

-November 17th- Sugar plum Tea party 

-December 5th- Last Day of Pre-Dance Classes

-December 6th- Dress Rehearsal @ Lake Forest Academy

-December 7th- Peanut Cracker; Pre- Dance Showcase@ Lake Forest Academy

Tickets on Sale Oct 22nd!

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**Button will not be active till 10/22



  • Tickets can be purchased online with a credit card at 

  • Tickets go on sale TuesdayOctober 22nd at 6:30a.m.

  • The Pre-Dance Showcase is reserved seating; all orders are first come-first served.

  • Tickets are $9 per person.

  • Each family is allowed 7 tickets maximum for the Pre-Dance Showcase. If you try to purchase more, a ticketing error will occur and you will not be allowed to purchase them.  

  • Additional tickets may become available at a later date; you will be notified by email if there are additional seats available.  Only at that time will you be allowed to purchase over the maximum.

Dress Rehearsal:  Friday, December 6, 2019

Location: Lake Forest Academy

1500 W Kennedy Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045


  • Please check which show your child is in, and the rehearsal time. Each rehearsal is divided up by show, so please be on time so your dancer does not miss their dance on stage. Once Your dancer is done performing you are free to leave.

  • Show 1 Rehearsal Arrive at 4:15pm - Approx. 5:00

  • Show 2 Rehearsal Arrive at 4:45pm-  Approx. 5:45

  • Show 3 Rehearsal Arrive at 5:30pm- Aproxx. 6:15

  • Dancers are to be kept with you in the theatre until they are called to go onstage.

  • If your dancer is in Multiple classes, Parents please be ready to change your dancer quickly as soon as they come off stage. 

  • We will be running the show in order to help your dancer get familiar with the show. 

  • Dancers in Combo Class only perform ONE Dance in peanut cracker.

  • Please let you instructor know if your dancer will not be at the rehearsal and/ or the show. 


Pre-Dance Showcase: "Peanut Cracker"

Date:  Saturday, December 7th, 2019 

9:30 am, 11:30am & 1:30 Pm

Location: Lake Forest Academy

1500 W Kennedy Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045


Show 1- 9:30 am

  • Arrive by 9:00am

  • Please have your dancer seated no later than 9:20am

Show 2​- 11:30 am

  • Arrive by 11:00am

  • Please have your dancer seated no later than 11:20am

Show 3- 1:30 pm

  • Arrive by 1:00pm

  • Please have your dancer seated no later than 1:20pm

  • Performances are approximately 1 hour and include performances by North Shore Ballet Theatre.

  • Dancer’s should arrive ready to go 30 min before the showtime. PLEASE plan extra time for parking. 

  • Bring your child into the theater when you arrive (dancers do not need a ticket).  Your child’s class will be called on stage when it is time to go backstage to begin the show.

  • Multiple classes:  Your child should be dressed in her first costume.  Send the other dance costumes, headpieces, and shoes in a bag with your child’s name on everything.  Teachers and assistants will assist with changing the students backstage.

  • At the end of the show (finale), the children will be brought back on stage for a final bow and pick-up.  Please, only one parent per child should come to the stage for pick-up.

General Rehearsal/performance reminders:

  • Students are to wear their colored leotard dress, any wings, and additional hair piece. Bring ballet shoes, tap shoes.

  • Please take your child to the bathroom before the dress rehearsal/performance. 

  • All hair must be pulled out of your child’s face.  Please put all long hair in a smooth bun or a ponytail.

  • Make-up is optional for the girls.

  • We are not having any professional photos taken this year for peanut cracker. We will be holding Picture day in the Spring   

Last Minute Theatre Reminders:


  • No food or drink in the theatre at any time.

  • No flash photography in the theatre, it can be dangerous to our dancers.

  • Videotaping is available during the dress rehearsal and performance.  Please do not block other viewers or the aisles with personal camera equipment. Be considerate of guests around you

  • All parents and children must stay back from the stage and must not block the aisles while the show and rehearsals are in progress. 

If you have any questions about the shows please email us by clicking the button below below.

North Shore School of Dance

505 Laurel Ave. Highland Park, IL 60035, United States

(847) 432-2060