As a family we love watching The Royal Opera House version of the The Nutcracker Ballet on Netflix and we dance along to the story. I decided to have some fun illustrating a new version of the story. I wanted to capture movement in my illustrations and celebrate the dance. Instead of Clara throwing her slipper to stop the Mouse King I decided to show Clara and her brother Fritz giving the Mouse King a bauble which has a picture of the Plum Fairy on it. The mouse king softens upon receiving the gift and gets wooshed up in the happiness and magic to the land of the plum fairy where the story ends in a magical dance.