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The Nutcracker to help dancers



On 16 December 2016, the National Theatre and the Dance Career Foundation will hold at the National Theatre a benefit performance of the ballet production The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse.


The Dance Career Foundation helps dancers to manage the process of changing their career. Thus, by purchasing a ticket for the performance of the immortal Christmas-time ballet you will contribute to the further education and retraining of those who have ended their career as dancers and are seeking their following professional vocations.

Did you know that the complete training of ballet dancers takes eight years, which is the longest for any artistic vocation?

Did you know that during their career the majority of dancers suffer a serious occupational accident and that over one quarter of dancers sustain a career-ending injury?

Did you know that three quarters of ballet dancers terminate their career before reaching the age of 30 and that precious few indeed are still dancing into their 40s?

Did you know that early retirement for dancers has long since been abolished and has not been replaced by any social-benefit programme of any kind?

Did you know that dancers in the majority of companies in the Czech Republic receive salaries well below the national average?

The Christmas benefit performance is a nationwide event, joined by the majority of Czech ballet companies.

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