Ugly Sweater Party

The Wadsworth hosts an Ugly Sweater Party during this Sunday's performance of The Nutcracker. (Nick Caito photo / December 12, 2012)

The holidays are hectic enough between parties you want to attend, parties you don’t want to attend, parties you don’t want to attend - but there’s an open bar so attendance is mandatory - shopping, relatives... the list goes on and on.  Do yourself a favor this season and cover two classic holiday traditions – the ugly sweater party and the Nutcracker – in the same fabulous afternoon.  CONNetic Dance’s edgy rendition of the Nutcracker will fill you with cheer without activating your cheesy alarm.  In addition to the classical ballet moves and Tchaikovsky score, the audience will be treated to jazz, a sexy hip hop Sugar Rum and the dance troupe’s signature Florette – a high kicking waltz that is reminiscent of the Rockettes. 

Celebrating its fifth season this holiday season, CONNetic Dance is a contemporary ballet company which is based out of Hartford.  Their Nutcracker performance descends on the Wadsworth Atheneum from December 14-16.  Stage settings will include paintings from Hartford based artist Ethan Boisvert, making this a truly local and modern Nutcracker.  As CT Scenic puts it "CONNetic are a company of ballet hipsters bringing a contemporary edge to classical dance."

The Ugly Sweater Party will take place during the Sunday matinee performance at 2 pm.  Director Carolyn Paine promises prizes for the best-worst sweaters, spontaneous flash dances, and possibly even a visit from Santa Claus.  You don’t want to miss it.  Tickets may be purchased for $30 at, or half price from the CT Deals marketplace (while supplies last).