Many people love to see the ballet, The Nutcracker, during the Christmas season, and the Charlotte area affords several chances to do so. Performances are presented by youth and adult groups, and include both traditional presentations and innovative interpretations, including a Hip Hop take on the classic story and even an aerial dance version. Here are a few choices. Know of others? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list.
Since this list was first published, some of these performance have come and gone, but several are still ongoing, so scroll to see them all.
This list has been updated for 2018.
Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker
Oven’s Auditorium, 2700 East Independence Boulevard
Tickets start at $30.
Moscow Ballet’s breathtaking performances have thrilled audiences around the world.
Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story, by Caroline Calouche & Company
December 7th, 8th, 9th
Booth Playhouse, 130 North Tryon Street
Caroline Calouche tells the story through aerial and contemporary dance. Clara LeBlanc trips at a holiday party and is whisked off to the hospital to learn that her ankle is broken. That night her friends and get-well gifts swirl in her dreams.
Performances from December 7th to 23rd
Belk Theater, 130 North Tryon Street
Tickets start at $25.
Complete with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and music from the Charlotte Symphony, Nutcracker premiered with all new sets and costumes in 2016.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker
December 26th to 29th
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts.
Tickets start at $19.99
A holiday mash-up for the entire family with emcee Kurtis Blow, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, sets out on a fourth national tour following the success of two previous sold-out tours.
Charlotte Youth Ballet
November 30th to December 2nd
Halton Theater, CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Avenue.
Tickets start at $20.
The Charlotte Youth Ballet brings to the stage its 37th annual holiday classic production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker by Matthews Ballet
Performances from November 24th and 25th, and December 1st and 2nd
Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street, Matthews
$7 for adults, $5 for children
Piedmont Dance Theatre
December 7th and 8th in Kannapolis
December 15th and 16th in Salisbury
The Salisbury performances will feature the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.
York County Ballet
December 13th to 16th
Johnson Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall, Rock Hill, SC
The Harris YMCA School of Dance presents: The Nutcracker Ballet
December 8th and 9th
Queens University, Dana Auditorium, 1900 Selwyn Avenue
$15 to $20
Gaston Dance Theatre
November 30th through December 2nd
Pamela Kimbrell Warlick Performing Arts Center at Gaston Day School
2001 Gaston Day School Road
$7 to $16
In addition to the performances, on Sunday, December 2nd, there’s an event, “Meet Santa & the Sugar Plum Fairy” for $5. Each child ticket includes admission for one adult and a photo opportunity on stage.