New York City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at New York City Ballet
Photograph: Paul Kolnik
This Lincoln Center production is the one people have in mind when they ask, "Have you been to The Nutcracker?" The New York City Ballet's full roster of ballerinas, danseurs and musicians—plus children from the School of American Ballet—perform Balanchine's classic choreography. Princess-smitten tots are most likely to fall for the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen, but all kids will get a kick out of the one-ton Christmas tree that "grows" onstage, and Mother Ginger, who hides little dancers under her nine-foot-wide skirt. Ages 5 and up.


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