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National Ballet of Canada

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Address: 470 Queens Quay West | Walter Carsen Centre, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K4, Canada
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A must-do activity in Toronto

Went to see the Nutcracker, a beautiful performance, the orchestra was magnificent, I enjoyed the entire performance. A great evening, a must-do activity in Toronto, no matter... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2017
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

I was looking forward to seeing this ballet and though visually gorgeous and with some very effective music, the choreography was a real let down.It felt very "50's TV" dancing. Insubstantial with lots of mediocre leaping about and running around that we've all seen a thousand times before. This work certainly did not strain the technical virtuosities of Canada's great... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Went to see the Nutcracker, a beautiful performance, the orchestra was magnificent, I enjoyed the entire performance. A great evening, a must-do activity in Toronto, no matter which ballet you see.

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Barrie, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Though many may feel that ballet and opera are elitist and of no interest, how can you argue with an art form that has survived for a hundred or two hundred years? The National Ballet of Canada is a national treasure and something that everyone should experience at least once. And the most accessible and fun ballet has to be... More 

Thank TrueNorth67
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

My daughter and I enjoyed our first national ballet together. The Nutcracker is simply spectacular. WOW

Thank Catherine B
Williamstown, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

I`ve loved ballet since I took some lessons as a child and the National Bellet of Canada never disappoints afficianados of this mode of dance. When I travel to Toronto I always check to see if there is a performance at The Four Seasons for the Performing Arts Centre. If you love ballet, check them out when you`re next in... More 

Thank Barbara P
Ontario, Canada
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Several of us went to see their performance of the Nutcracker. It was absolutely magical, and our seats were quite comfortable. The only downside is the cost.. it can be quite prohibitive.

Thank skfamiliar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2016

Went to see a performance of the above ballet last night and loved everything about it. The venue is stunning and the performance was wonderful. The costumes, the dancing and the beautiful music - outstanding. Especially loved one movement by the ladies of the court where they appeared to be going across the stage on wheels! They were actually dancing... More 

2 Thank wepaktogo
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

The building is grand and impressive as befits its title. We saw the Nutcracker. Pretty good show but cramped, inaccessible seating detract from the experience. My nut was cracked by the end of it.

Thank Luke M
Bowmanville, Canada
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Reviewed 21 December 2015

I am glad I saw the Nutcracker as it is a Christmas classic. I knew it was ballet and I wouldn't love it, however some constructive criticism for you: 1. Staff were very snobby and not good with customer service. For example, Usher dropped my program didn't say one word or offer to pick it up for me. 2. Very... More 

2 Thank Jennifer E
Oakville, Canada
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Reviewed 17 December 2015

The set was wonderful. The dancers gave their best. The costumes were superb. So why disappointed? It seems the Political Correctness Police have taken over the artistic direction of the National Ballet. One of the most enjoyable dances is the Oriental Dance which was excised I presume lest it offend anyone of Asian extract. Does this mean that next year... More 

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