It’s the most wonderful time of year y’all! It’s time to decide which production of The Nutcracker you are going to take your family to see this holiday season. Every professional and pre-professional dance company in the area has something to offer, from elaborate sets and beautiful costumes to, in some cases, live music and guest appearances by notable performers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Pittsburg Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater.
If you want to see big names like Sarah Lane, Daniel Ulbricht, Tiler Peck, Sterling Hyltin, Dores Andre or Luke Ingham, then check out LakeCities Ballet Theatre, Chamberlain Performing Arts or Dallas Ballet Company. And let’s not forgot about local stars such as Carolyn Judson, Carl Coomer and Andre Silva who will be performing in Texas Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker production in both Dallas and Fort Worth. You can also see them in TBT’s hilarious, adult-themed Nutty Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall on DECEMBER 14.
There are also a handful of Nutcracker productions around town that feature live music including, Collin County Ballet Theatre, Allen Civic Ballet, Avant Chamber Ballet and LakeCities Ballet Theatre. Ballet Dallas is also jumping on the bandwagon this season with a harpist and live vocals for a portion of its holiday showcase.
The Eisemann remains a hotspot for many local Nutcracker productions, including those put on by Chamberlain Performing Arts, Collin County Ballet Theatre, Tuzer Ballet, Dallas Repertoire Ballet and Royale Ballet Dance Academy. The Irving Arts Center will once again host Ballet Ensemble of Texas and Momentum Dance Company’s Nutcrackers while Dallas Ballet Company returns to the Granville Arts Center in Garland.. For those living up in Denton, the Margo Jones Performance Hall on Texas Woman’s University campus is the place to be for Festival of North Central Texas and Denton City Contemporary Dance’s holiday shows.
A few ballet companies will even be taking their Nutcracker productions on the road this year. Ballet Frontier of Texas is heading to Granbury, while LakeCities Ballet Theatre is taking its production to Waxahachie. The newly formed Ballet North Texas will also be presenting its version of The Nutcracker in Dallas, Terrell and Palestine.
And if The Nutcracker is too sweet for your taste buds then consider seeing one of the non-traditional holiday programs such as Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Black on Black performance, Avant Chamber Ballet’s The Little Match Girl Passion, Dallas Youth Ballet Rockefeller Christmas at The Majestic or Ballet Concerto’s annual A Holiday Special.
A full list of all the Nutcrackers and holiday productions in the area can be found below. We also include non-holiday-themed dance.
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NOVEMBER 15 | Avant Chamber Ballet returns to White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake with its holiday production Nutcracker: Short and Suite plus the world premiere of Katie Cooper’s Winter from Vivaldi’s “The Seasons” with live music. Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Seniors-Students-Apex Members. Call 800-481-8914 or visit www.apex-arts.org
NOVEMBER 16-18 | Experience Ballet Frontier of Texas’ annual production of The Nutcracker at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth. Special guests include Kathryn Boren (American Ballet Theater), Nathan Vendt (American Ballet Theater), Julia Erickson (Pittsburg Ballet Theater) and Marlen Alimanov (former principal with Texas Ballet Theater). Tickets $35-45. Call 817-689-7310 or visit www.balletfrontier.org
NOVEMBER 17-18 | Moscow Ballet and The Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Southern Methodist University’s McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets $28-130. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.tickmaster.com
NOVEMBER 17-18 | Come experience Artistic Motion Dance Academy’s 6th annual production of The Nutcracker at Burleson High School in Burleson.. Tickets: $15. Visit www.amdanutcracker2018.eventbrite.com
NOVEMBER 23-25 | Momentum Dance Company brings its retelling of The Nutcracker to the Irving Arts Center with choreography by Artistic Director Jacquelyn Ralls Forcher. Tickets: $18-$25. Call 972-252-2787 or visit www.irvingartscenter.com
NOVEMBER 23-25 | Chamberlain Performing Arts presents The Nutcracker at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson., with special guests Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle of New York City Ballet. Tickets $15-100. Call 972.744.4650 or visit www.eisemanncenter.com
NOVEMBER 23-30 | Texas Ballet Theater presents Ben Stevenson’s version of The Nutcracker, which runs NOVEMBER 23-30 and DECEMBER 1-2 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas and DECEMBER 7-9, 13, 15-16, and 20-24 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Visit www.texasballettheater.org
NOVEMBER 24-25 | LakeCities Ballet Theatre celebrates the holiday season with its rendition of The Nutcracker, featuring live music from Lewisville Lake Symphony and guest artists Sarah Lane of American Ballet Theater and Daniel Ulbricht of New York City Ballet. Tickets: $25-45. Call 972-317-7987 or visit www.lakecitiesballet.org
NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 2 | Ballet Ensemble of Texas, under the direction of Thom Clower, presents the holiday classic at the Irving Arts Center. Special guest Patrick Frenette of American Ballet Theater. Tickets: $25-30. Call 972-252-2787 or visit www.irvingartscenter.com
NOVEMBER 30 & DECEMBER 2 | Collin County Ballet Theatre’s annual production of The Nutcracker features live music from Plano Symphony Orchestra at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson.. With international ballet stars Adiarys Almeida and Taras Domitro. Tickets: $27-87. Call 972-744-4650 or visit www.eisemanncenter.com
NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 9 | Dallas Ballet Company presents its 32nd production of The Nutcracker at the Granville Arts Center in Garland.. Guest artists include Sterling Hyltin and Andrew Veyette of New York City Ballet and Dores Andre and Luke Ingham of San Francisco Ballet. Tickets: $23-25. Call 972-205-2790 or visit www.garlandarts.com
DECEMBER 1 | Ballet North Texas brings its rendition of The Nutcracker to Dallas audiences in Bruton Theatre at Black Academy of Arts and Letters. Tickets: $25-35. Visit www.balletnorthtexas.org
DECEMBER 1-2 | LakeCities Ballet Theatre’s encore presentation of The Nutcracker in Waxahachie. Special guests include Marlen Aleminov and Anastasia Tillman. Tickets: $25-40. Visit www.whsdramadept.org
DECEMBER 1-2 | Royale Ballet Dance Academy celebrates its 15th production of The Nutcracker at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson.. Special guests include Emily Dixon Alba, Eugene Barnes, Travis Morrison and Daniel de Cordoba. Tickets: $20-30. Call 972-744-4650 or visit www.eisemanncenter.com
DECEMBER 1-2 Celebrating its 25th anniversary, North Central Ballet’s brings The Nutcracker to Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth. Tickets: $35. Visit www.nutcrackertickets.com
DECEMBER 3-4 | For the first time, Ballet Frontier of Texas will be presenting The Nutcracker at the Granbury Opera House in Granbury.. Tickets: $40-45. Call 817-689-7310 or visit www.balletfrontier.org
DECEMBER 7-9 | Dallas Repertoire Ballet brings its rendition of the beloved holiday tale to the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson.. Tickets: $22-52. Call 972-744-4650 or visit www.eisemanncenter.com
DECEMBER 8 | Art Ballet Academy presents its version of The Nutcracker at the Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield.. Tickets: $15-23. Call 817-299-1230 or visit www.abacademy.com
DECEMBER 8-9 | Festival Ballet of North Central Texas showing of The Nutcracker at Texas Woman’s University, Margo Jones Performance Hall in Denton.. Tickets: $20-40. Call 940-891-0830 or visit www.festivalballet.net
DECEMBER 9 | Ballet Frontier of Texas returns to Waco., with its Nutcracker production and will be accompanied by the Waco Symphony. Tickets: $40-60. Call 817-689-7310 or visit www.balletfrontier.org
DECEMBER 14 | Ballet North Texas presents The Nutcracker at the Jamie Foxx Performing Arts Center in Terrell.. Tickets: $10-20. Visit www.balletnorthtexas.org
DECEMBER 15 | Rowlett Dance Academy’s showing of The Nutcracker at Garland High School. Tickets $17. Call 972-475-8269 or visit www.rowlettdanceacademy.com
DECEMBER 15-16 | Tuzer Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson. Tickets: $14-60. Call 972-744-4650 or visit www.eisemanncenter.com
DECEMBER 15-16 | The Allen Civic Ballet presents its annual production of the holiday classic with live musical accompaniment by the Allen Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra at the Allen High School Performing Arts Center in Allen.. Tickets: $15-30. Visit www.allencivicballet.org/nutracker
DECEMBER 20-21 | Ballet North Texas takes its production of The Nutcracker to the Performing Arts Center of Palestine in Palestine.. Tickets: $15-35. Visit www.balletnorthtexas.org.
DECEMBER 22 | Collin County Ballet Theatre brings its Nutcracker production to Centennial High School in Frisco. Tickets: $20-30. Visit www.ccballet.com
OTHER HOLIDAY DANCE
DECEMBER 2 | 8&1 Dance Company celebrates the season with In The Spirit at the Quixotic World in Dallas. Visit www.8and1dance.com
DECEMBER 7 | Ballet Concerto presents its annual A Holiday Special at Ballet Concerto’s studio in Fort Worth. Tickets: $15 for ages 10 and up, $25 for students and seniors and $35 for adults. Call 817-738-7915 or visit www.balletconcerto.com
DECEMBER 7 | Epiphany DanceArts presents their Christmas performance, A Glimpse of Light, at Fellowship Bible Church Dallas. Visit www.epiphanydancearts.org
DECEMBER 7-8 | Dallas Black Dance Theatre showcases the choreographic skills of DBDT and DBDT: Encore! at its Black on Black performance at the DBDT Studios in Dallas. Tickets: $40. Call 214-880-0202 or visit www.attpac.org
DECEMBER 7-8 | Avant Chamber Ballet presents The Little Match Girl Passion at Moody Performance Hall in Dallas. The work is a collaboration with the Dallas-based Verdigris Ensemble with music by David Lang. The program also includes The Nutcracker Suite with live music by Cezanne Quartet. Tickets: $20-50. Visit www.ticketdfw.com
DECEMBER 8-9 | Ballet Dallas and The Youth Ensemble of Contemporary Ballet Dallas presents Holiday at the Ballet at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson. The program includes popular variations from The Nutcracker, two new works by Hailey Von Schlehenried and Vincent Hardy as well as a re-staging of Robert Beard’s Ceremony of Carols. Tickets: $32. Call 972-744-4650 or visit www.eisemanncenter.com
DECEMBER 8-9 | ImPULSE Dance Project celebrates the season with its 5th production of Snow at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. Tickets: $10-18. Visit www.impusedanceproject.org
DECEMBER 9 | Dallas Youth Ballet presents Rockefeller Christmas at The Majestic with special guest Arron Scott from American Ballet Theatre at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas. Tickets $18.75-100. Visit www.parkcitiesstudios.com
DECEMBER 14 | Texas Ballet Theater brings The Nutty Nutcracker, its PG-13 spoof of The Nutcracker, to Bass Performance Hall for one night only. Tickets: $45-200. Call 877-828-9200 or visit www.texasballettheater.org
DECEMBER 15 | Join Youth Ballet of Texas for its annual production of Krakatuk: A Nutcracker Prequel at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson. The story follows a young man who helps a princess and then becomes hopelessly entwined in a mouse queen’s curse which transform him into a Nutcracker. Tickets: $15. Call 972-744-4650 or visit www.eisemanncenter.com
DECEMBER 15-16 | Now in its 20th year production, Denton City Contemporary Ballet and Denton Dance Conservatory join forces once again to bring you A Gift for Emma at Margo Jones Performance Hall. Tickets: $15-21. Call 940-383-2623 or visit www.dentoncitycontemporary.org
DECEMBER 16 | Rhythmic Souls Tap Company presents The Nutcracker Untapped at the Irving Arts Center. Visit www.facebook.com/RhythmicSoulsTapCompany
NOVEMBER 17-18 | Bruce Wood Dance closes its season with the program "All Bruce," featuring our works by the late Wood. Friday and Saturday at Moody Performance Hall, Dallas. Visit www.brucewooddance.org READ OUR PREVIEW HERE
DECEMBER 6-8 | Indique Dance Company presents Svabhava in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project, at Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House. Visit www.attpac.org/series/elevatorproject1819