Few ballets have the legs of “The Nutcracker,” which has danced onto stages worldwide for more than a century. Although panned when it debuted in St. Petersburg in 1892, it was reimagined several times before finally finding its feet in San Francisco in the ’40s.
It has since become a holiday tradition for millions.
Throughout December, there are many chances to catch local interpretations of the story of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and the Mouse King.
Charlotte Ballet teams with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at Belk Theater to perform the choreography of artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. The annual performance marks the troupe’s first “Nutcracker” under the new name it adopted last April (it was previously NC Dance Theatre).
7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18-19, 7 p.m. Dec. 20-21, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22-23; 2 p.m. matinees Dec 13-14, 20-21 and 23 followed by 4 p.m. receptions. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$90; $15 for reception. www.charlotteballet.org/tickets/nutcracker .
During The Charlotte Youth Ballet’s 32nd annual performance of “The Nutcracker,” professional dancers and area ballet students from third graders to high school seniors share the stage at Central Piedmont Community College’s Halton Theater.
7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $11-$25. http://tix.cpcc.edu/events/the-nutcracker . (Preview performances are Friday at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. $8. 980-332-5522; www.charlotteyouthballet.org .)
Caroline Calouche and Co.’s “Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story” isn’t your typical “Nutcracker.” It’s a modern take in every way, from story to dance to music to black-lit backdrops. Clara breaks her ankle and ends up in the hospital where – in her mind, at least – ballet meets hip-hop and dancers while aerialists spin and twirl high in the air from silks, slings, bungees and trapezes.
The Charlotte City Ballet Company presents “Holiday Enchantment” – excerpts from “The Nutcracker” performed by pre-professional dance students ages 10 to 18.
3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20. Fullwood Theater at Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. $10. www.charlottecityballet.org .
Piedmont Dance Theater spreads Tchaikovsky’s beloved work to both Stanly and Cabarrus Counties with a diverse cast and new costumes and sets for the 12th annual production.
7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12-13, at Kannapolis Performing Arts Center, 100 Denver St., Kannapolis; 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20-21, at Catawba College’s Keppel Auditorium, 2300 W. Innes St., Salisbury. The Salisbury shows feature the Salisbury Symphony. Kannapolis show: $15 to $20. Salisbury show: $10-$35. www.piedmontdancetheatre.com .
The City Youth Ballet in Albemarle presents “The Nutcracker” performed by cast members ranging from age 5 to adult and hailing from Stanly, Rowan, Montgomery and Cabarrus Counties.
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 26032 Newt Road, Albemarle. $8-$10. www.uwharrieyoutharts.com .