The Nutcracker Ballet is synonymous with holiday entertainment, and in Albuquerque, there are several performances that range from full orchestra productions to simpler events. Both Nutcracker on the Rocks and Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment are known as New Mexico Nutcracker ballets. Find a Nutcracker performance to ring in the holidays, whether looking for the classic ballet performance, or something found only in New Mexico.
Updated for 2016.
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The state's oldest ballet company, the New Mexico Ballet Company, will be accompanied by David Felberg and the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's music. For two weekends and five performances, this special show will dance across the stage at Popejoy Hall. Special guest dancers from the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet Company will also perform. Expect full costumes and sets, for a special holiday event.
When: November 26 at 7 p.m.; November 27 at 2 p.m., December 3 at 2 and 7 p.m.; December 4 at 2 p.m.
Where: Popejoy Hall
Cost: Prices start at $9 for children and $11 for adults.
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The Keshet Dance Company's Nutcracker on the Rocks defies expectations. Every level of dancer performs, from professional ballerina to wheelchair bound dancer. Music is classic rock and roll rather than classical. Much of the cast is children. Nutcracker on the Rocks is an Albuquerque classic, a one of a kind original that is not to be missed.
When: November 26 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., November 27 at 2 and 6:30 p.m., November 30 at 7:30 p.m., December 1 - 11; 7:30 p.m., December 2, 3, 4, 10 at 2 p.m., December 4 and 11 at 6:30 p.m.. The December 3 and 10 shows are autism friendly shows; families with sr children are also welcome.
Where: Keshet Dance Company, 4121 Cutler NE
Cost: $13.36 - $30.87; special rates for children five and under, student/senior and group rates for 10+.
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The production highlights dancers, actors, circus artists and students in a show that is a Santa Fe tradition. Presented by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Lensic Theater, the production features more than 60 dancers.
When: 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. December 17; 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. December 18
Where: Lensic, Santa Fe
Cost: $25 - $94
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The Ballet Repertory Theatre brings the classic tale of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes the nutcracker and little Clara to life. The Ballet Repertory Theatre has performed the Nutcracker since 1996.
When: December 10 - 24, 7 p.m. on December 10, 21 and 23; 2 p.m. on December 11, 17, 18 and 1 p.m. December 24.
Where: KiMo Theater, 423 Central NW
Cost: $17 - $30. (Special military discount on 23).
Additional ticket charges for the December 21 performance includes attendance to a Nutcracker Tea following the performance. Meet your favorite Nutcracker characters and taste treats from the Land of Sweets. There will be special military discounts on December 21.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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This Nutcracker is performed Performed by the Festival Ballet Albuquerque, accompanied by music of the Figueroa Project. The traditions and heritage of New Mexico are paired with the classical tale of the holidays. Choreographed by Patricia Dickinson Wells, the performance features an all ages cast from 8 year old mice to over 70 year old parents in the first act. Tickets can be purchased at Dance Theatre Southwest (296-9465) or the NHCC (724-4771); call for box office times.
When: December 16 - 18; 12/16 and 12/17at 7 p.m.; 12/17 and 12/18 at 2 p.m.
Where: Journal Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural Center
Cost: $12 - $47
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The Moscow Ballet has toured across America for 20 years. See the company of 40 Vaganova-trained dancers this holiday season as they perform the classic holiday dance for one show only. For 2013, see the exclusive Dove of Peace, with a 20 foot wingspan. This is an all ages event.
When: December 11 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: Kiva Auditorium, 401 2nd Street NW
Cost: $29 - $151