A Guide to ‘Nutcracker’ Ballet Productions in New Jersey

The Christmas classic twirls onto stages throughout the state this holiday season.

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Courtesy of Roxey Ballet

Feel the magic of Christmastime during this timeless favorite. Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head after you travel on a journey with Clara, who is presented with a nutcracker on Christmas Eve. Originally composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, some of these productions put a spin on the traditional Nutcracker ballet with upbeat music and diverse choreography.

American Repertory Ballet

Nov 23, 24 at Union County PAC, Rahway

Nov 29–Dec 1 at McCarter Theatre, Princeton

Dec 7 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park

Dec 13–15 at State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Dec 21 at Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton

New Jersey Ballet

Nov 24 at Middle Township PAC, Cape May Courthouse

Dec 1 at Levoy Theater, Millville

Dec 7–8 at Bergen PAC, Englewood

Dec 13–15, 20–22, 24, 26–27 with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at MPAC, Morristown

Roxey Ballet

Nov 30; Dec 1, 5, 7–8 at Kendall Hall, The College Of New Jersey, Ewing

Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker

Dec 1 at Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville

Dec 2 at the Shea Center, William Paterson University, Wayne

Atlantic City Ballet

Dec 13–14 at Stockton PAC, Galloway

Dec 15, 22 at Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars, Atlantic City

Dec 21 with the Garden State Philharmonic at The Strand Center for the Arts, Lakewood

Nimbus Dance

Dec 13–15, 20–22 at Nimbus Dance, Jersey City

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa

Dec 14 at NJPAC, Newark

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble

Dec 14–15 at Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University

Donetsk Ballet Company & Miss Patti’s School of Dance, sponsored by JulieDance

Dec 14–15 at Paramus Catholic High School, Paramus

Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater: The Nutcracker Rocks

Dec 20–22 at Axelrod PAC, Deal Park

Dec 20–22 at Lackland PAC, Hackettstown

Tricia Sloan Dance

Dec 20–22 at Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Dec 20–21 at NJPAC, Newark

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