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Which 'Nutcracker' is right for you?

Joel Meares

Not all Christmastime ballets are created equal. Before heading to the theater this holiday season, make sure you pick the Nutcracker that's right for you. 

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

See it for…the hometown heroes

Arguably the most beloved Nutcracker version in the country, Balanchine’s debuted in New York back in 1954, and there’s a reason why it’s stood the test of time: the master’s choreography is dazzling, particularly for the female corps. The Miami City Ballet production is a perfect introduction to the ballet for local families. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Dec 9–11. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; Dec 17–24. Kravis Center, West Palm Beach, FL; Dec 28–30. Various times; $25–$89.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

See it for…a U.N.-style twist

This production, choreographed and devised by Stanislav Vlasov in 1993, features a twist among its traditional elements. Rather than visiting the Land of Sweets, our two leads find themselves in the Land of Peace and Harmony in Act II. The change is tied to the company’s mission to promote international unity. Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach ( Dec 30 at 7pm; $30.75–$178.75. 

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