'The Nutcracker' Performances In and Around NYC in 2016

'The Nutcracker' Performances In and Around NYC in 2016


UPDATED November 2016: Where to see The Nutcracker ballet in NYC, including performances in ManhattanBrooklyn, and Queens. You can also find Nutcracker performances in Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland.

Nutcracker Performances in Manhattan

Hip Hop Nutcracker
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3 , 2pm and 7pm
WHERE: United Palace Theatre, 4140 Broadway, Washington Heights 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: The show features the music from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet alongside different hip hop styles of music and dancing; including breaking, popping, and locking. It relocates the action to New Year's Eve in a contemporary Washington Heights community in New York City. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: A truly modern take on a holiday classic. 
WANT TO GO? $10 and up. 212-568-1157. unitedpalace.org/upca. 

The Joffrey Ballet The Nutcracker
WHEN: Dec. 9-11, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, 1pm and 5pm
WHERE: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, Greenwich Village 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: Over 300 students from the Joffrey Ballet School perform, alongside guest artists, to present the full two act version of The Nutcracker. This much-loved production features all the fun of dancing mice, sugar plums, and dolls.  
WHY WE LOVE IT: A great family friendly production of the classic show featuring the ballet stars of tomorrow having their big moment. 
WANT TO GO? $50; $25 for children younger than 12 and seniors. 212-992-8484. nyuskirball.org. 

Nutcracker Winter Suite
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3 , 7pm
WHERE: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, Upper West Side 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Valentina Kozlova, former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet, presents extracts from The Nutcracker, performed by talented dancers from her dance school along with other young ballet stars. 
WANT TO GO? $40; $20 children. 212-864-5400. symphonyspace.org. 

Nutcracker Ballet Highlights
WHEN: Dec. 4-5, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 4pm 
WHERE: Rebecca Kelly Ballet Studio, 579 Broadway, 4B, Soho 
AGES: All 
WHAT: This show is popular with families because of its intimate studio setting, short show time, and Rebecca Kelly soloists. The Saturday performance is a family matinee with an event after the show. 
WANT TO GO? $45. 212-431-8489. rebeccakellyballet.org. 

The New York Theatre Ballet: Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker
WHEN: Dec. 10-11, Saturday-Sunday, 11am, 1pm, and 3:30pm
WHERE: Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St., Upper East Side 
AGES: 3 and older 
WHAT: From clockwork imps to mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless, re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. 
WANT TO GO? $34; $24 for children 12 and younger. 800-653-8000. nytb.org. 

Dances Patrelle presents The Yorkville Nutcracker 
WHEN: Dec. 8-11, Thursday-Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, 12pm and 5pm
WHERE: The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, East 68th Street, Upper East Side 
AGES: All 
WHAT: 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 and up. 212-772-4448. dancespatrelle.org.  

New York City Children's Theater presents Ballerina Swan & The Nutcracker
WHEN: Nov. 26-Dec. 18, see website for show times
WHERE: Clurman Theater on Theater Row, 410 W. 42nd St., Midtown 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: A new family musical, companion to the hit show and book Ballerina Swan. This world premiere blends ballet and puppetry as Sophie prepares for her first holiday performance of The Nutcracker. 
WANT TO GO? $25-$45. 212-239-6200. nycchildrenstheater.org. 

The Nutcracker: Face-to-Face Series 
WHEN: Dec. 16-18, Friday-Saturday, 6:30pm; Sunday, 2pm
WHERE: NY City Center Studios, 130 W. 56th St., Midtown 
AGES: 9 and older 
WHAT: Get up close to the dancers in this intimate performance of the holiday classic ballet.  
WANT TO GO? $25. 646-368-9800. ajkunbt.org. 

The New York City Ballet performs George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
WHEN: Nov. 25-Dec. 31; see website for times
WHERE: David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: A New York holiday tradition—the original and the best! 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 and up. 212-496-0600. nycballet.com. 

The Nutcracker & The Mouse King
Dec. 3-4; see website for times
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W. 60th St., Upper West Side
All the basic elements of Tchaikovsky's timeless Nutcracker are present in this 50-minute version, choreographed specifically for developing young dancers at The Ballet Club.
$18. 212.787.1178. manhattanmovement.com. 

The Knickerbocker Suite
Dec. 9-18; see website for times
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W. 60th St., Upper West Side
The Manhattan Youth Ballet performs The Nutcracker with a New York City spin. Expect to see NYC landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty as well as scenes with shoppers on Fifth Avenue and the angels at Rockefeller Center.
$32.59; $22.50 children or students. 212.787.1178. manhattanmovement.com.

The Nutcracker: A Contemporary Look
Dec. 9-11; see website for times
Salvatore Capezio Theater, Peridance Center, 126 E. 13th St., Greenwich Village
6 and older
This original production of The Nutcracker aims to push the boundaries of the traditional holiday show. It features snowflakes, sugarplums, and a grand pas de deux as well as modern twists. You will hear Tchaikovsky's original score alongside hip hop, and see contemporary dance as well as the usual ballet set pieces. 
There is a special children's tea before Saturday matinee for ages 4-8 (additional fee required).
WANT TO GO? $35; $15 children younger than 12; $20 students and seniors; free for children younger than 5 (must sit on lap). 212-505-0886. peridance.com.

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Nutcracker Performances in Brooklyn

The Colonial Nutcracker 
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 11, 2pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts-Walt Whitman Theatre, 2900 Campus Road, Flatbush 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: An annual holiday favorite, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic. Running Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. 
WANT TO GO? $15. 718-951-4500. brooklyncenter.org.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 3pm
WHERE: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: Direct from Russia, the classic Great Russian Nutcracker will entertain the whole family this Christmas. Experience the exceptional dancing of a company of almost 40, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, spectacular hand-made costumes, and stunning sets hand-painted in Russia.  
WANT TO GO? $35-$75. 845-469-2287. kingstheatre.com. 

Excerpts from The Nutcracker
WHEN: Dec. 17-18, 12pm, 3pm, and 5pm

WHERE: Kumble Theater for Performing Arts - Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, One University Plaza, Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street, Downtown Brooklyn
WHAT: Performed by the children of Cobble Hill Ballet. From the party scene to the magical Land of Snow, Clara's journey to Candy Land is a colorful mix of dances including The Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian Dolls, and Waltz of the Flowers. This shortened version of the original ballet is perfect for children. 
WANT TO GO? $20; $10 children; free for children younger than 3 on laps. 718-488-1624. kumbletheater.org.

The Nutcracker - Brooklyn Suite 
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 11 , 2pm
WHERE: WNS Theater, 152 North 5th Street, Williamsburg 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Begin the holiday season with Ajkun Ballet Theatre's magical Nutcracker suite, filled with great dancers and adorable children from the Brooklyn community. 
WANT TO GO? $25. 646-368-9800. ajkunbt.org. 

The Brooklyn Nutcracker 
WHEN: Dec. 7-11, see website for times
WHERE: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights 
AGES: All 
WHAT: A re-imagined holiday classic, The Brooklyn Nutcracker fuses ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres to create a new tradition for today’s audience. The Brooklyn Nutcracker transforms familiar Nutcracker characters and scenes to represent the diverse traditions and vibrant culture of melting pot Brooklyn. Starting from the point of view of old Dutch Brooklyn and leading to the iconic Flatbush Avenue, the production is fresh and full of virtuosity-in essence, a moving Christmas card to the borough Brooklyn Ballet calls home. 
WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $25. 718-246-0146. brooklynballet.org. 

The Nutcracker 
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 16 , 7pm
WHERE: On Stage at Kingsborough, 2001 Oriental Blvd., Manhattan Beach 
AGES: 9 and older 
WHAT: Be transported by this stunning full-scale production, with Tchaikovsky's wondrous score, choreography by world-renowned Marius Petipa and The Mariinsky’s Vasily Vainonen, and 40 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars in glorious costumes. 
WANT TO GO? $30-$37. 718-368-5596. onstageatkingsborough.org. 

The Nutcracker 
WHEN: Dec. 8-18, See website for times
WHERE: Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay St., DUMBO 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: In the version presented by Gelsey Kirkland Ballet and Michael Chernov, Marie is an active participant in this dream, dancing the famous pas de deux with her Prince rather than observing her escort dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Featuring original choreography by Co-Artistic Director Michael Chernov and assisted by Ms. Kirkland and Alexandra Lawler, The Nutcracker will showcase the talents of the company which consists of dancers from all over the world. The Nutcracker will also feature a 70-member ensemble comprised of graduates and trainees of the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. 
WANT TO GO? $20-$59; $10 children younger than 12. 212-600-0047. gkartscenter.org.

The Hard Nut
Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 14-18; See website for times

WHERE: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
AGES: 4 and older
WHAT: Mark Morris Dance Group’s gender-bending, retro-modern reimagining of The Nutcracker returns to BAM.
WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 718-636-4100. bam.org.

Dancewave's Holiday Fiesta - Nutcracker Sweet!
Dec. 10-11, 3pm and 5pm
610 Baltic St., Park Slope
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.
$12 in advance; $18 at the door; free for children younger than 3. 718-522-4696. Dancewave.org.

The Nutcracker
Saturday, Dec. 10, 6pm
Master Theater, 1029 Brighton Beach Ave., Brighton Beach
AGE: 9 and older
A two-act version of the classic Christmas tale by the Academy of Dance and Creative Arts.
$25 and up; $10 for ballet students (available for sale at the ADACA with proof from the ballet school). 718-732-3838. mastertheater.com.


Nutcracker Performances in Queens

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker Sensory-Friendly Screening
WHEN: Monday, Dec. 19, see website for time
WHERE: College Point Multiplex Cinemas, 2855 Ulmer St., College Point Corporate Park, Whitestone
WHAT: Fathom Events and Autism Society of America present a sensory-friendly cinema event direct from Moscow. The lights will be turned up, the sound will be turned down, and guests are welcome to be themselves and get up, dance, walk, shout, or sing. The two-hour and 15 minute screening of Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be held in four New York theaters, see website for more details and times.
WANT TO GO? See website for price. 800-315.4000. showcasecinemas.com or fathomevents.com.

Long Island City School of Ballet: This 70's Nutcracker
WHEN: Dec. 10-11, See website for schedule
WHERE: Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Come and experience LICB’s psychedelic take on the classic tale, The Nutcracker. Set in the '70s, a young man is transported magically to the Land of Television by his strange relative, Chick, where he discovers ballet for the first time. Join the Hanly family’s Christmas party and see a twist on this classic tale! 
WANT TO GO? $30. 718-760-0064. queenstheatre.org. 

Main photo: The New York City Ballet performs George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker 

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