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We love a classic Nutcracker, but appreciate variety in the Christmas ballet standard, too. This season the holiday ballet can be seen in trademarked virtuosic style at Lincoln Center; adapted for family audiences in venues across the city; and a grown-up version by the American Ballet Theatre in a Brooklyn.

The original Nutcracker—Marius Petipa’s ballet based on an E.T.A. Hoffman story with music by Tchaikovsky—first premiered at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 17, 1892. The Sugar Plum Fairy, dancing rodents led by a mouse soldier, the young heroine Clara (sometimes called Marie) and Tchaikovsky’s score have become a holiday favorite in New York, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to the ballet.

From late November through early January, die-hard fans and first-timers can take their pick of Nutcrackers, or choose to chew them all up.


The Nutcracker: A Contemporary Ballet

"The Nutcracker: A Contemporary Ballet" by Giada Ferrone featuring students from Connecticut Dance Center.

The Brighton Ballet Theater, School of Russian American Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Choreographed by Edouard Kouchnarev, a new generation Russian choreographer who has danced and choreographed throughout the world, our production is ...