The Cutest T-Shirt In The Land Of Sweets Or Snow

TendusUnderAPalmTree.comTendus Under A Palm Tree gives its blog readers access to the everyday life of a professional ballet dancer living and working in one of the most glamorous and trendy places in the world, Miami Beach.

That ballet dancer is Miami City Ballet corps member, Rebecca King.

Rebecca’s site has been named a Top Dance Blog in our contest here at Dance Advantage and is popular with people who know ballet and those who don’t. She shares her experiences, interviews other professionals in the field, pens essays on Balanchine and topics important to the art form, and waxes on ballet in mainstream media. She does it all to educate and excite the public about what she does for a living.

In addition to starting her own social media company, Rebecca has recently launched a line of T-shirts. It all began with her “Keep Calm and Tendu On” catchphrase. Now she’s gone a bit Nutty with a new “Keep Calm” tee that’s just right for the holiday season.

The Giveaway

Rebecca is giving away ONE “Keep Calm and Dream of Sugar Plums” t-shirt to TWO readers.

Miami City Ballet dancer models the Keep Calm and Dream of Sugar Plums teeThis fitted “scarlet red” 100% combed cotton jersey shirt featuring TENDUS’ slogan phrase, “Keep Calm and Dream of Sugar Plums” is the perfect way for you or your favorite dancer to remember the 2012 Nutcracker Season!

(A note on sizing: Rebecca suggests a small for children, a medium for petite adults, and large/XL for a comfortable fit.)

This giveaway is open to those in the United States and will close Thursday, December 6 at Midnight CST.

Contests must be restricted to those 18 and up. If you are under 18 and would like to win, please have an adult enter and comment for you.

Winners will be drawn and contacted one week from today. I hope you’ll be one of our lucky winners!

Once contacted via the email used to comment, winners have only 48 hours to respond and claim their prize. Each giveaway is treated as a separate contest.  PLEASE READ our giveaway policy before entering.

How To Enter:

ONE: Sign-in to the form below.

Click for more opportunities to win!

TWO: Leave a comment responding to the following:

What is your favorite Nutcracker memory?

Commenting is the only mandatory task for entering!

THREE: Go back to the form and click that you Did It!

That’s it! Easy as 1-2-3!

Optional: Earn more entries

The form above includes several more tasks you can complete to earn additional entries in the giveaway, including being (or becoming) a Subscriber PLUS member.

Do any or all of them to increase your chances of being a randomly drawn winner.

Nichelle (owner/editor)
Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world.
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  1. When I was young I was a mouse in a production of the nutcracker with a local professional ballet company. We were all about to line up backstage to go on when we realized that our masks prevented us from being able to get in the right order! I’ll never forget the group of 10 year olds yelling our names at each other to try to get into right before we scurried onstage! It still cracks me up!

  2. Peggy Sobchyshyn says:

    My favourite part of the Nutcracker is when the snow starts to fall on the Sugar Plum Fairies. If you are sitting close to the front of the stage some of the snow may fall on you as well 🙂

  3. My favorite nutcracker memory was taking my 3 year old flower girl to see the nutcracker for the very first time. It was amazing to see it through her eyes with such wonder and innocence.

  4. My favorite Nutcracker memory was to share the stage with my daughter. The first time was in the Party Scene, later on a Flower in Waltz of the flowers…really special.

  5. My favorite Nutcracker memory is as a teenager, I would get to the theater early for our first tech rehearsal. I would go back stage and feel the magic of the show, the ballet, the training, all the things I’d worked so hard for coming to reality. I loved those few moments, completely alone in the theater.

  6. Becca Beck says:

    Seeing the Atlanta Ballet’s touring company perform the Nutcracker on the same stage I had my dance recital on. It was such a connecting moment for me; being a ballerina felt much more achievable.

  7. Alyssa Brich says:

    My favorite Nutcracker memory was when I was 6 seeing the sugar plum fairy for the first time and saying to my mom that I want to dance like that and look like a floating princess. I have played many roles in the Nutcracker and I am still working very hard for that lead role. I will never give up because I know I can do it!

  8. My favorite Nutcracker memory is when my daughter first danced in party scenes. A dream she had since the fist time she saw the Nutcracker.

  9. My favorite Nutcracker memory from my dancing days was my final performance as Snow Queen and the stage crew dumped ALL of the snow on me at the end. I was covered to my waist (kneeling) in plastic bags, sequins and hair pins.

  10. Sarah Hulsey says:

    My favorite Nutcracker memory was the first time I saw Joffrey Ballet perform it in Chicago. A group of my girlfriends and I all dressed up, went to Russian Tea Time for high tea, then enjoyed the ballet together. For many of them, it was their first ballet, and I was thrilled to be able to share what has become my one true passion with them!

  11. Thank you so much for this give away! What a fabulous prize!

  12. Being a parent in the party scene along with several dances, after only taking ballet for two months (as an adult).

  13. My favorite memory is when my son first came to see Nutcracker at the age of 3 and told me that his dream is to someday be the Cavalier!!

  14. The last time I saw the Nutcracker was when one of my high school friends was performing in it. That was when I realized that Clara is a really boring role and the coffee dance is the best.

  15. I love how scary the Rat King and his pack is amidst all the beauty and grace.

  16. My favorite Nutcracker memory is performing in the ballet for the very first time last year at the age of 33. I’d dreamed of it as a child, of course, but never lived in an area where I could be part of it. It was thrilling to finally realize the dream I had long ago given up on.

  17. Watching my daughter dance the part of a little ginger cookie. It doesn’t get any better than that!!

  18. My favorite Nutcracker memory was seeing it for the first time when I was 8 years old! I absolutely love the falling snow!

  19. My mom has taken me to see the nutcracker every year since I started dancing. It is something that I looked forward to every year, and now at 30 We still go!

  20. The music of the grand pas de deux. It gives me chills and I always imagine dancing it. Tchaikovski is brilliant!

  21. My favorite Nutcracker memory is the show we had with my dance school when I was 10. Trepak dance and the chinese dance was my favorite dances to watch. I was one of clara’s friend and I wore a beautiful orange tutu dress..Sweet memories..

  22. I was in 7th grade and we had the Ukranian Ballet Company performing the lead roles in our performance. I remember going backstage after my party girl scene only to see one of the professionals smoking backstage! Took me off guard that it was ok to smoke in the wings! Still not sure that was the safest idea! 🙂

  23. My favorite memory is sitting watching the Nutcracker for the first time with my daughter. She was spellbound, and I loved the look on her face! I know mine looked the same!

  24. My favorite Nutcracker memory was the moment in the San Jose Dance Theatre production when the cookies started skipping out from under Mother Ginger’s skirt. I also loved watching the graceful reindeer dancers gliding across the stage as they pulled the sleigh w/the Nutcracker and Clara.

  25. My favorite Nutcracker memory was watching my son dance the part of Fritz. As his mother and teacher I could not have been more proud. Favorite dance theme is the Russian Dance!

  26. My favorite Nutcracker memory is Bunheads Nutcracker episode when she accidentally sprays the entire cast with pepper spray.

  27. My favorite memory of Nutcracker is when my dad helped backstage with the performances when I was very young.

  28. When I was younger I went to see the Nutcracker every year. It was always a wonderful show, but I’ll never forget the year one the Russian dancer’s pants fell off

  29. sarah kaye-hinderhofer says:

    When I was younger and over a decade ago, I did the Shore Ballet Nutcracker for years in Central NJ, a fantastic production for a local company. My last year I performed, we got ABT company members Stella Abrera & Sascha Radetsky in for our Sugar Plum Fairy & Cavalier. THEY WERE STUNNING! That coming spring, Center Stage the movie came out with Sascha starring as Charlie! And Stella and him were quickly promoted to Soloists after that year. I used to pick only productions at ABT to go see when they were performing. My pointe shoes signed by Sascha are my GLORIFIED dance item in my life! Though not a ballerina, the Nutcracker has always kept the love of ballet in my life!

  30. As a child, I loved being in our dressing rooms, getting ready. Our dressing room was under the stage, so it was exciting to hear the dancers above us!