Performing dance in the community for individuals and families throughout Orange County including those who may otherwise not be exposed to the arts.
HeARTS in the Community
The Nutcracker Ballet
For the last 20 years, only interrupted for one year due to the global pandemic, Dance! To Your Heart's Delight (DTHYD) has produced and staged a professional and classic rendition of The Nutcracker Ballet. Over the years, we have staged our Nutcracker performances at many large theatres around the area, and through the HeARTS program in line with our mission, we have donated thousands of tickets to many local volunteer organizations who serve those in need over the last 10 years.
Perhaps you have seen us around the community. We've performed at Memorial Hall at Chapman University, The Alexandria Nechita Center for the Performing Arts at Orange Lutheran, Fullerton Auditorium, La Mirada Playhouse and this year, Downey Theatre for the second year to name a few.
If you come to our event, and we hope that you do, prepare to be entertained! Our audiences have laughed and delighted in our classic rendition and presentation for years, and we know you will love celebrating the holidays with us too!
The Nutcracker Gala
The Nutcracker Gala is Dance! To Your Heart's Delight's annual holiday fundraiser, a very special evening at which we recognize and celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers, donors and sponsors who help make our Nutcracker production possible.
Funds we raise at the Gala, our annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party and through the generous monetary donations of our supporters are critical to preserving our mission - to bring the joy of the arts to the community through:
Affordably priced tickets to our professionally staged ballet for paying patrons.
Complementary tickets to our ballet for those in need who are served by so many amazing volunteer organizations around the greater Orange County area.
Community performances of our unique, narrated 'Nutcracker in a Nutshell' mini-performances.
Consider attending our Gala, making a donation or volunteering your time and talents to help us achieve our mission. Together we can bring the joy of the arts to those in need in our community.
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party
Dance! To Your Heart's Delight's annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party is one of Orange County’s premiere holiday events each year. Honored guests are treated to a magical day. Set in the Fellowship Hall at Church of the Foothills and transformed into a themed wonderland, guests make crafts and pose for a picture with the Sugar Plum Fairy on arrival. Guests are then escorted to their beautifully decorated tables by members from our Nutcracker cast where they eat delicacies, enjoy the company of others, and are treated to a special 'Nutcracker in a Nutshell' performance.
Our guests have ample time to shop our famed Nutcracker Boutique filled with Nutcrackers of all shapes and sizes, and other Nutcracker and holiday themed treasures. Guests depart filled with the joy and energy of the holiday season, lasting memories of their day with us and their friends and new acquaintances, and a framed picture with the Sugar Plum Fairy that they take home and treasure forever.
We hope to see your at our event and truly appreciate your support!
'Nutcracker in a Nutshell'
Starting in November each year, our Nutcracker cast travels around the community performing our 'Nutcracker in a Nutshell' show, a unique, narrated mini-production of The Nutcracker Ballet. We perform in full-costume seven to eight times each fall and bring joy to the HeARTS of many of the same individuals and families who benefit from several of the volunteer organizations.
We've performed 'Nutshell' at Orange County Rescue Mission, Boys and Girls Club of Tustin, Groves of Tustin, Enderle Center Holiday Open House, Tustin Tree Lighting Ceremony, Sunrise Senior Living, Tustin Library, Tustin Annual Mayor's Breakfast, and others.
We so love and delight in the happy faces we see in the audience with each performance, and feel that the joy we bring to so many truly makes a difference at a time of year that can be overwhelmingly lonely and sad for many individuals.
If your volunteer organization is not currently in our rotation, please contact us to learn more.
We rely heavily on the generous support of residents and businesses in our community who donate their money, time and talents to bring the joy of the arts to our less fortunate neighbors.
The Nutcracker Ballet
It's not the holidays without the famous story, score, and cast of characters! In line with our mission of bringing the arts to all in the community, we use your generous donations and sponsorships to give to the underserved. In this way, these individuals and families who might not otherwise be exposed to the arts can enjoy our classical rendition of this timeless ballet and famous score at a time of year that can be filled with sometimes difficult emotions.