Dance performances

The most festive holiday dance shows include 7 different Nutcrackers

THE NUTCRACKER BY MIKKO NISSINEN Boston Ballet’s classic production “The Nutcracker,” with music from the Boston Ballet Orchestra, has been a New England staple for over 50 years. Expect impressive sets – including a 42-foot Christmas tree – and a cast of world-class professionals and some 240 young dancers from the Boston Ballet School. 25 Nov-Dec 31. $39-$204. Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St. bostonballet.org

URBAN NUTCRACKER City Ballet of Boston’s inventive take on the holiday classic is set in downtown Boston and mixes breaking, flamenco, hip-hop, ballet and more. The production celebrated its 20th anniversary last year with backdrops that feature local landmarks like the State House, the Citgo sign and a Red Sox scoreboard. 17-18, 21-23 Dec.. $29 to $118. Shubert Theater at the Boch Center, 265 Tremont St. bochcenter.org

THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER This new take on “The Nutcracker” is directed and choreographed by Laurence Olivier Award-nominated choreographer and Amherst native Jennifer Weber. His show will feature a cast of a dozen high-energy hip-hop artists, digital graffiti visuals, and a short set hosted by legendary ’80s rapper Kurtis Blow. December 29, 7:30 p.m. $39.50 – $59.50. 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester. thehanovertheatre.org

Seth “REAKTION” Hilliard and Anthony “OMEN” Cabrera in “Hip Hop Nutcracker”.Courtesy of Cheryl Mann

THE NUTCRACKER FAMILY CASE The José Mateo Ballet Theater in Cambridge will celebrate the festive season by performing highlights from ‘The Nutcracker’, with appearances from the Sugar Plum Fairy, snowflakes, mice and more. Guests will be seated at cocktail tables in the Sanctuary Theater in Harvard Square and can enjoy delicious treats, a wine and beer bar, and a live holiday auction. December 15-18. $50. The Sanctuary Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Cambridge. ballettheatre.org

Nutcracker Newport For an extra touch of glamour, watch this interactive Nutcracker performance that will guide guests through the famous Rosecliff Mansion (some unassigned seating will be available). Come and watch performances by the Island Moving Company and stay for the chance to explore the historic building where scenes from ‘The Great Gatsby’, ’27 Dresses’ and other movies were shot. November 23, 25-27; 29 Nov-Dec 2. $135-$225. Rosecliff Mansion, 548 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI islandmovingco.org

Dancers perform in the “Newport Nutcracker” at Rosecliff in Newport, RIIsland Moving Company

THE BREAKTHROUGH This adult-only parody of The Nutcracker premiered at the Somerville Theater in 2008 and combines ballet and burlesque in a show that celebrates body diversity, sexual freedom and glitz. Join adult Clara as she ventures into the realm of sexual sweetness and is greeted by hula hoopers, belly dancers, pole dancers, and more. December 2-31. $35. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. theslutcracker.com

FESTIVAL BALLET PROVIDENCE’S THE NUTCKER After premiering a new production of “The Nutcracker” last year, former Boston Ballet principal dancer Yury Yanowsky, now artistic curator at Festival Ballet Providence, brings back his contemporary and elegant take on classical ballet. Look for a 38-foot Christmas tree, magic tricks and elaborate headdresses on key characters like the Mouse King. December 16-24. $30-100. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue des Arts, Providence. www.thevetsri.com

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE… Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Christmas show will be presented in Boston this season, bringing awe-inspiring acrobatics to the Boch Center for a three-week residency. The show mixes fantastical circus numbers and performances by the hip-hop dance crew Kinjaz with the story of Isabella, a young girl who rediscovers the magic of Christmas. 25 Nov-Dec 11. $35 to $389. The Wang Theater at the Boch Center, 270 Tremont St. bochcenter.org

An aerial number from “‘Twas the Night Before…” on lines from “A Visit from St. Nicholas” which reads: “Like the leaves before the wild hurricane flies, when they meet a obstacle, ascend to heaven.”Brandon Todd/MSG Entertainment

A SPECTACULAR HOLIDAY The pre-professional BoSoma Youth Company’s winter show features Christmas dances to holiday classics like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Nutcracker” in styles ranging from classical ballet to hip-hop. December 3-4. $25 to $35. Shore Country Day School, 545 Cabot St., Beverly. bosomaschool.com

DISNEY ON ICE FIND YOUR HERO Watch fairytale icons like Elsa, Ariel, Rapunzel and Moana glide through the Agganis Arena in this twinkling winter spectacle featuring some of kids’ favorite Disney characters. Dec 22 2022-Jan. 2, 2023. $15-$130. Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave. disneyonice.com


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