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Tickets to the Nutcracker: Contest Closed

Valley Dance Theatre and Patch are giving away a pair of tickets to closing night of the Nutcracker.

Valley Dance Theatre and Patch would like to give away two tickets to closing night, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m.!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment below about your favorite holiday tradition!
  • Like Valley Dance Theatre on Facebook and leave another comment on the Facebook page confirming you’ve done so (i.e. "just entered the Patch contest!")

These are all separate entries. That’s up to two entries per person!  We’ll use random.org to pick a winner. Please leave all comments by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14! Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at a performance!

Here's more information on Valley Dance Theatre and the Nutcracker performance:

Valley Dance Theatre www.valleydancetheatre.com, the Tri-Valley’s dance company, is presenting its annual production of The Nutcracker at the in downtown Livermore. The 2011 production marks the beginning of the company’s fourth decade performing the full-length Tchaikovsky classic.

Eight performances will take place with evening shows on Dec. 10, 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and matinees on Dec. 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 2 p.m. The production features professionally designed costumes, sets and scenery and, in keeping with tradition, is accompanied by the Livermore-Amador Symphony pit orchestra.

This year’s pre-show festivities include carols by Cantabella Children’s Chorus on Dec. 11 and 17 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., and by Harmony Fusion on Dec. 10 at 2 and 7 p.m. and December 18 at 2 and 7 p.m. will be ringing in the theater lobby Dec. 16, 17 and 18.

One of Valley Dance Theatre’s promising young male dancers who is performing in this year’s The Nutcracker is Ted Newman. A 19-year-old Pleasanton resident and computer programming major at , Newman has been with the company for about a year and dances the role of Cavalier.

“I have a musical background and play several instruments, but opted to try out for color guard rather than play drums in the marching band at Amador Valley High School,” Newman says. “Color guard is influenced greatly by dance and my positive experience with it my senior year led to dance lessons and then to participating on competitive dance teams. One of those, a jazz team, required ballet classes and I found I really liked them. Last year, a friend told me about auditions for male roles in The Nutcracker and here I am.”

Newman is inspired by famous male dancers from Baryshnikov to Fred Astaire to Phillip “Pacman” Chbeeb. Though he does not follow television programs like “Dancing with the Stars” or “Glee” very closely, he recognizes that the shows make him feel more secure as a dancer. “As more and more males are dancing on those shows, it’s becoming more acceptable to be a dancer of any sort,” he observed.

According to Newman, studying ballet has made him stronger and more physically fit, but that is not the primary benefit.  “Since I started dancing, I’ve been able to concentrate more on school and work and I’ve been more relaxed at home,” he says. “I’ve also developed a new circle of friends full of wonderful people.

“Valley Dance Theatre is a fantastic studio to dance with,” Newman concludes.  “The teachers are great and the dancers are very motivated and talented.  I feel as though I’m constantly learning and improving.”

Tickets to The Nutcracker are $33, $27 and $24 for adults and $18 for students 17 years and younger. They may be purchased online at www.bankheadtheater.org or by phone at 925-373-6800. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the theater box office, 2400 First St., Livermore, Tuesday-Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m., and for two hours prior to show time.

For more information on the Valley Dance Theatre visit www.valleydancetheatre.com.

Alia Elias December 12, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Our favorite holiday tradition is walking around looking at Christmas lights while bringing a hot cocoa.
Heather December 12, 2011 at 02:45 PM
It's all about family for us at Christmas with games, opening up presents, looking at lights or listening to Christmas music.
Nancy December 12, 2011 at 05:41 PM
We make 'snow drinks' every Christmas by putting lots of sugar around the rim of a glass and put in the freezer. When dinner is ready we pour Cranberry Juice into the glass. As the sugar starts to melt down the sides of the glass, the glass appears to look like 'snow'. My mom did it for us kids, I did it for my two children, and now my daughter has passed the tradition down to her family. Kids love it! They especially love preparing the glasses, then the best part is drinking it! YUMMO!
VJ December 12, 2011 at 08:15 PM
We sing along to Christmas CD's while driving around town looking at Christmas lights.
Deborah Jaret Denny December 12, 2011 at 08:19 PM
My kids' new favorite holiday tradition is the Elf on a Shelf--she moves to a new spot each night when they are sleeping, then they find her in the morning. She continues to watch them and report back to Santa each night!
Sandra Pastor December 13, 2011 at 04:41 AM
We love closing out the Christmas season on January 6th with a celebration of the Three Kings. We have a special bread which contains a baby Jesus figurine. We usually have enough Jesus figurines strategically placed to make sure each child "finds" a baby Jesus. The Three Kings leave a gift while we are busy with our festivities. : )
Michele Williams December 13, 2011 at 04:13 PM
My husband is British, and our favorite holiday traditions reflect his culture. We make Welsh Cakes and Sausage Rolls, and at Christmas dinner pull crackers. We even watch the Queen's speech online!
Tonya Clenney December 13, 2011 at 04:35 PM
My daughter is young and we are still building our Christmas traditions. She loves to decorate with our Santa collection and not a year goes by without a visit to Deacon Dave's home.
Sean Waklee December 13, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Christmas season doesn't really start without watching Charlie Brown Christmas. Then Christmas eve we make a homemade lasagna. The kids open one present, Christmas pj's, and then go to midnight mass. Been doing this since I was a kid and now do the same ith my children
Meghan Shuster Harvey December 13, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Our favorite tradition is to begin decorating the weekend of Thanksgiving. We decorate, eat leftovers, watch Christmas movies and bring in the holiday season right.
Beth Glass Vengley December 13, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Our favorite tradition is all about family, hot cocoa, and lots of stories!
Dawn Humphrey December 14, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Our family tradition is to spend Christmas in the Sierras. Snow, cocoa and lots of great meals and games together.
Darcel Weiss December 14, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Making Tamales, Going to Deacon Dave's House to see the lights, watching Christmas DVDs, singing Christmas Carols and reading the Christmas story. My 20 year old son wants to add the tradition of reading The Polar Express to our list.
julie Gilmore December 14, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Our favorite tradition has to be making cookies and breads for family and friends :))
LaDawnna burdick December 14, 2011 at 07:30 PM
We love to have a baking day and make all our friends and family homemade almond rocha. All the family comes and we hang out baking together all day!
Kristofer Noceda (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 05:22 AM
Thanks everyone! We'll let you know the winner once we get in touch with the Valley Dance Theatre.
Kristofer Noceda (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 04:38 PM
And the winner is . . . Darcel Weiss! We've sent you an e-mail so please check your inbox. Thanks to everyone who participated in this contest. You all have great holiday traditions!

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