George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker



George Balanchine, who grew up in Russia, danced the role of the Prince in The Nutcracker in 1919 when he was 15 years old. Later, after he had moved to America and founded New York City Ballet, he choreographed his own version of The Nutcracker for his company. The first performance of this production was in February 1954 in New York City, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ has been an annual holiday tradition ever since. New York City Ballet usually presents more than 40 performances of the ballet annually.

From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.

New York City Ballet

Lincoln Center Plaza

(63rd Street and Columbus Avenue)

David H. Koch Theater

New York, NY 10023

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