UPDATED: November 2015: Where to see The Nutcracker ballet in NYC, including performances in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Nutcracker Performances in Manhattan
Nutcracker Ballet Highlights in SoHo
WHEN: Dec. 4-5, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 4pm
WHERE: Rebecca Kelly Ballet Studio in SoHo, 579 Broadway, 4B, Soho
WHAT: Each performance features soloists performing extracts from the famous ballet with simple bench seating and fourth floor walk up, so leave strollers at home.
WANT TO GO? $40. 212-431-8489. RebeccaKellyBallet.org.
Dances Patrelle presents The Yorkville Nutcracker 20th Anniversary Season
WHEN: Dec. 10-13, Thursday-Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, 12pm and 5pm
WHERE: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, E. 68th St., Upper East Side,
WHAT: This production is famous for giving young dance students the chance to perform alongside professional artists. Set in 1895, it takes the audience on a tour of Olde New York, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park.
WANT TO GO? $45-$85. 212-772-4448. dancespatrelle.org.
The Joffrey Nutcracker
WHEN: Dec. 11-13, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, 1pm and 5pm
WHERE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, Greenwich Village
WHAT: 60 years ago Robert Joffrey created a new version of The Nutcracker, set in 1850’s USA rather than in Europe, and a new tradition was born. This full-length performance features over 300 dancers from the famous Joffrey Ballet School.
WANT TO GO? $50; $25 for children younger than 12 and seniors. 212-992-8484. nyuskirball.org.
The New York Theatre Ballet: Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker
WHEN: Dec. 11-13, Friday, 12pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am, 1pm, and 3:30pm
WHERE: Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., Upper East Side
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Keith Michael’s one-hour production is an introduction to the classic ballet for small children, suitable for ages 3 and older.
WANT TO GO? $34; $24 children ages 12 and younger. 800-653-8000. nytb.org.
The Knickerbocker Suite
WHEN: Dec. 11-20, Friday-Sunday, see website for show times
WHERE: Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 W. 60th St., Upper West Side
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: This version of The Nutrcracker takes the traditional story and gives it a Gotham twist. See famous scenes like The Land of the Snow transformed into late night shopping at Bloomies and Lady Liberty becoming Mother Ginger.
WANT TO GO? $30; $20 students and children. 212-787-1178. manhattanmovement.com/calendar/.
The New York City Ballet performs George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
WHEN: Nov. 27-Jan. 3, see website for show times
WHERE: David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies will transport you to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets.
WANT TO GO? $40-$265. 212-496-0600. nycballet.com.
Nutcracker Performances in Brooklyn
Dancewave’s Holiday Fiesta: Nutcracker Sweet!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 5, 3:30pm and 5:30pm
WHERE: PS 133, 610 Baltic St., Park Slope
WHAT: A fun-filled family event celebrating School at Dancewave students and Dancewave Company and Ensemble students. See two exciting dance performances and get into the holiday spirit in festive style.
WANT TO GO? $12 in advance; $18 at the door; free for children younger than 3. 718-522-4696. dancewave.org.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 7, 3pm
WHERE: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Fourty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, a growing Christmas Tree and super-sized Matrushka dolls.
WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $44. 845-469-2287. kingstheatre.com.
WHEN: Dec. 10-13, 17-20, Thursday-Sunday, check website for times
WHERE: GK Arts Center, 29 Jay St., Dumbo
WHAT: Gelsey Kerkland Ballet presents its performance of the holiday show.
WANT TO GO? $20-$59. 212-600-0047. gkarts.org
The Colonial Nutcracker
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 13, 2pm
WHERE: Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road, Flatbush
WHAT: Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown.
WANT TO GO? $18. 718-951-4500. brooklyncenter.org.
Main photo: The New York City Ballet performs George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
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