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Nutcracker Performances Dance across the Five Boroughs this Winter

New York Theatre Ballet performs The Nutcracker. Photo courtesy of Julieta Cervantes.

December 3, 2012 - Technology, tourism, media and other sectors receive a lot of attention for their growing role in New York’s economy, but there’s one growth industry that often goes overlooked – the annual Nutcracker performances presented by arts groups across the City each winter. New Yorkers can seek out a whopping 22 unique versions of the holiday classic this year, up from 17 in 2011 and 14 the year before. Below is a selection of performances taking place in all five boroughs this December.

For a list of all 22 Nutcrackers being performed citywide, visit

New York City Ballet – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, Manhattan
November 23 - December 30, 2012
Using Balanchine’s beloved rendition, the New York City Ballet performs the classic tale of the Nutcracker in a full-scale ballet at the David H. Koch Theater. Tickets begin at $34. Visit to learn more.

Ballet for Young Audiences – The Nutcracker
Multiple Locations - Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens
December 6-22, 2012
A condensed version featuring students from the Long Island City School of Ballet is ideal for kids. Tickets are $7. For additional info, visit

American Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn
December 7-16, 2012
American Ballet Theatre’s returns to BAM this year in a stunning performance of Alexei Ratmanksy’s take on the ballet. Tickets start at $25. To learn more, visit

New York Theatre Ballet – Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker
Florence Gould Hall at French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), Manhattan
December 7‐22, 2012
Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker offers an inventive take on the holiday classic that welcomes children and adults alike. Tickets are available for $40-45. Visit for more information.

Staten Island Ballet – The Nutcracker
College of Staten Island Center for the Arts, Staten Island
December 15‐16, 2012
Staten Island’s renowned dance company puts on a first-rate performance of the holiday classic. Tickets range from $37‐$57. To learn more, visi

Bronx Dance Theatre – Nutcracker Ballet
Lehman High School, Bronx
December 16, 2012
The students of the Bronx Dance Theatre present a dazzling rendition of Clara’s journey through the Kingdom of Sweets in their performance. Tickets are $20. Visit for additional details.

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