California Nutcracker Ballets  The Nutcracker in Calif.

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california nutcracker ballets

The Nutcracker ballet in California offer a range of prices and renditions of the beloved Christmas event favorite. Other classic holiday ballets include the Snow Queen and Winter Fairy Tales.

 

Nutcracker Ballet Performances performed in California - The most beloved Christmas holiday performance is the Nutcracker Ballet. In California alone, there are hundreds of dance groups, both amateur and professional, that perform this ballet each year, mostly in October through December.  We have found at least 50 such performances in California and have posted many on our Calendar of Events when available.  The Nutcracker Story: The Nutcracker Ballet is based on "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice", a story  by E.T.A. Hoffman.  In California you'll find many variations on the ballet, including full length versions and short versions, plus unique choreography designed for each ballet company. After surveying half a dozen or so Nutcrackers in California, we reached conclusions about the schedule. There are some real shining stars. For the those who think this ballet (or any) is boring, we recommend the big cities list to the left or in the gallery above, include L.A., Sacramento, San Jose, Anaheim and San Diego. That's not to say the  will not all offer their own brand of talent and fun. But there truly are some world class leaders in ballet today, working right here in California. Some companies offer all their dancers opportunities to perform. Those performances often appear at high schools, libraries, etc. For the show-stopper Nutcrackers, look for a live symphony orchestration, and a venue such as a civic center auditorium theater. So get cracking! Go check out California's nuts--it's Nutcracker Ballets.

 

Nutcracker Ballet Performances in California

Below are dance organizations and productions that routinely perform the Nutcracker Ballet to audiences.  We posted these events with belief that they are repeating annual Nutcracker Ballet performances.

 

NOVEMBER /  DECEMBER 2009

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
  Nov. 24

 

Nov. 24 Nov. 25 Nov. 26 Nov. 27

Moscow Ballet Redding

Nov. 28

Benicia Ballet

Malibu

Moscow Ballet - Cupertino

 

Nov. 29

Benicia Ballet

Malibu

Moscow Ballet -Fresno

 

Nov. 30


 

Dec. 1
 
Dec. 2

Lake Arrowhead

Dec. 3

Lake Arrowhead

Templeton

Walnut Creek

Dec. 4

Lake Arrowhead

Templeton

Walnut Creek

Redwood City

Dec. 5

Claremont

Fullerton

Lake Arrowhead

Pittsburg

Redwood City

Templeton

Sacramento

Walnut Creek

 

Dec. 6

Claremont

Lake Arrowhead

Pittsburg

Sacramento

Templeton

Dec. 7 


 

Dec. 8

San Francisco

Dec. 9

San Francisco

Dec. 10

Chico

Sacramento

San Jose

San Francisco

Dec. 11

Chico

Glendale

Irvine

Sacramento

San Diego

San Jose

Templeton

Vacaville

San Francisco

Dec. 12

 

Brentwood

Chico

Claremont

Costa Mesa

Huntington Beach

Irvine

LA

Los Angeles

Lancaster

Sacramento

San Diego

San Jose

San Luis Obispo

San Pedro

San Rafael

Santa Barbara

Santa Clara

Templeton

Vacaville

San Francisco

 

Dec. 13

 

Brentwood

Chico

Claremont

Huntington Beach

Irvine

Los Angeles

LA

Lancaster

Sacramento

San Diego

San Jose

San Luis Obispo

San Mateo

San Pedro

San Rafael

Santa Barbara

Santa Clara

Templeton

Vacaville

San Francisco

 

Dec. 14


 

Dec. 15

San Francisco

Dec. 16

San Francisco

 

Dec. 17

Laguna Bch

San Francisco

Dec. 18

Huntington Beach

Laguna Bch

Redding

Sacramento

San Diego

San Jose

Thousand Oaks

San Francisco

Dec.19

Anaheim

Claremont

Huntington Beach

Irvine

Irvine

Laguna Bch

La Jolla

Long Beach

Los Angeles

Oakland

Sacramento

San Diego

San Jose

Santa Rosa

Thousand Oaks

Torrance

San Francisco

Dec. 20

Anaheim

Claremont

Cupertino

Irvine

Irvine

Laguna Bch

La Jolla

Los Angeles

Long Beach

Oakland

Sacramento

San Diego

San Jose

Torrance

San Francisco

Santa Rosa

Dec. 21

Irvine

La Mirada

San Francisco

Dec. 22

Huntington Beach

Irvine

Long Beach

Oakland

Sacramento

San Jose

San Francisco

Dec. 23 

Huntington Beach

Irvine

Long Beach

Oakland

Sacramento

San Jose

San Francisco

Dec. 24

San Francisco

San Jose

 

Dec. 25

 

CHRISTMAS

San Francisco

Dec. 26

Redondo Beach

San Jose

San Francisco

Moscow Ballet - San Diego

Dec. 27

Redondo Beach

San Jose

San Francisco

Moscow Ballet - Stockton

 

 

Dec. 28

Big Bear Lake

 

Dec. 29

Big Bear Lake

Dec. 30 Dec. 31    

 

 

California -Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker.  Each year the Moscow Ballet offers try-outs for youth in local communities to participate and perform with an esteemed world-class ballet company in the premier version of The Nutcracker.  The Moscow Ballet presents The Great Russian Nutcracker Ballet at various locations throughout California.  Ticketmaster: (408) 998-8497 nutcracker.com

 

Anaheim Ballet, Anaheim, California. Anaheim Ballet receives much publicity for its online presence with release videos on YouTube and other Internet venues.  The academy's Nutcracker Ballet performances can be seen at Plummer Auditorium. Location: 201 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA. Call: (866) 468-3399. anaheimballet.org

Anaheim Ballet Nutcracker. Anaheim Ballet Presents the Nutcracker: a Journey To Candyland. Anaheim Ballet's production of The Nutcracker includes Tchaikovsky's moving score and Anaheim Ballet's athletic dancers! Anaheim Ballet is the resident ballet company and school for the city of Anaheim. Anaheim Ballet's mission is to enlighten and entertain audiences with classically rooted programming and contemporary presentation. Anaheim Ballet provides quality performances to audiences of balletomanes as well as novice ballet-goers and acts as a haven to talented Southern California artists and as a magnet to international talents. Anaheim Ballet's Educational Outreach and Scholarship STEP-UP! program is committed to the promotion of classical ballet and providing its numerous benefits to those otherwise not able to receive them.

Anaheim - Servite Theater - The Sunrise Ballet Theatre of the Hirschl Ballet Company presents the Nutcracker at the 1,000 seat Servite Theater in Anaheim, California, with a cast of 92 dancers. Servite Theater is a venue that has hosted many musical and dance events, shows, ballets and concerts. Because of its size and location on the campus of the elite Servite High School (a Catholic school 50 years in existence), the ballet and other events are popularly attended and often sell out. hirschlballet.org

 

Benicia Ballet - Benicia Ballet performs an annual Nutcracker. benicia-ballet.org

Berkeley - Julie Morgan Center for the Performing Arts  berkeleyballet.org

Chico - Chico Community Ballet. Performed at California State University Chico, the annual Nutcracker ballet of this company offers beauty, grace, and delight to audiences annually. chicoballet.org

 

Claremont - Inland Pacific Ballet  performs an annual Nutcracker Ballet in the Bridges Concert Hall. ipballet.org

Costa Mesa - Robert B. Moore Theatre, Orange Coast College - Festival Ballet Theatre   festivalballet.org

Costa Mesa - Orange County Performing Arts Center -
  ocpac.org


Escondido - San Elijo Dance & Music Academy -  SanElijoDanceandMusicAcademy.com

Laguna Beach -
Laguna Ballet Nutcracker . Laguna Ballet annually produces a full length version of Nutcracker Ballet.  Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA Call (949) 582-4656

 

Los Altos - The Pacific Ballet Company  pacificballet.org

Escondido - San Elijo Dance & Music Academy 
 sdnutcracker.com

Fountain Valley - Festival Ballet Theatre appears in Irvine for its performances.  Festival Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker is a lavish full-length professional production of The Nutcracker at the Barclay in Irvine. Family-friendly and affordable, this professional production of The Nutcracker features spectacular guest artists, FBT’s professional company dancers, and exceptional budding young talent from across the Southland.  festivalballet.org

 

Glendale - Ballet Petit  balletpetit.net
 

Hayward - Ballet Petit  balletpetit.com

 

Huntington Beach - Coast City Ballet Nutcracker includes fresh choreography in Southern California region with focus on featuring young performers seeking opportunities for exposure. Long Beach, California, Millikan HS Auditorium, 2800 Snowden, Long Beach, CA [email protected] Time: 1:30 & 7:30 pm

 

Huntington Beach - Pacific Dance Academy - Ballet Etudes  www.balletetudes.org

Huntington Beach - Ballet Repertory Theater will perform the Nutcracker full length version at

Golden West College Mainstage Theater.  Ticket: $15/adult, $14/senior, $13/under 12.  www.gwctheater.com Call 714-895-8150.

La Jolla - Parker Theater - Ballet Arte Dance Theatre www.balletarte.com

Lake Arrowhead - Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet Company.
Located in the R.H.S. Performing Arts Theatre, call (909)336-9206.

 

Lancaster -  Antelope Valley Ballet. Annual Nutcracker Ballet Performance is one of several productions by this company performed usually at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.  avballet.com

Livermore - Valley Dance Theatre   valleydancetheatre.com

Long Beach -  The Long Beach Ballet's annual The Nutcracker production under the direction David Wilcox includes Disney sizzle and Chinese staging & lighting, plus world-class dancers & athletes in one of Southern California's most revered productions of the time-honored holiday ballet. The Nutcracker At the Elegant Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA  longbeachballet.com

 

Los Angeles - Los Angeles Ballet performs The Nutcracker in a unique way. This relatively new ballet company (formed in 2006) offers a not-so-traditional Nutcracker. Los Angeles Ballet’s production reflects the city in which it is based. The production honors the company’s mission to maintain an artistic collaboration that invites all genres to participate. losangelesballet.org

Los Angeles - The Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre & School in LA  maratdaukayev.com

Malibu - Smothers Theater Pepperdine Unv. - Westside Ballet

 

Marin Ballet - Marin Ballet's full-length production of Nutcracker includes a cast of some 175 student dancers, as well as visiting guest artists and adult performers.  Annual performances at Marin Veteran's Auditorium, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA. marinballet.org

Mission Viejo - Northwood High School Auditorium - Golden State Ballet Company   goldenstatedance.com

Mountain View - Center for the Performing Arts - Western Ballet

Moorpark - The Moorpark Civic Ballet features a cast of over 100 dancers and actors in its annual Nutcracker production. Venues have changed to include Thousand Oaks, while the direction of this production also has veered toward more traditional ballet choreography in recent years. The result has been a growth curve and increased popularity that has pushed the performance into a larger theater to accommodate bigger audiences.

Northridge - Alex Theatre - The Media City Ballet Company  Mediacityballet.org

Oakland - The Paramount - Oakland Ballet. The Oakland Ballet production of The Nutcracker is held in the historic Paramount Theatre building, an ideal place for fantasies. paramounttheatre.com

Orange County - Orange County Performing Arts Center

Palm Springs - Palm Springs High School Theatre- CK Dance of Palm Springs

Palo Alto - Spangenberg Theater, Gunn High School - Dance Connection Tickets, please call: 650-852-0418

Palos Verdes - Palos Verdes Ballet

Pasadena - Sexson Auditorium - Dancecorps

 

Pasa Robles - Flamson Auditorium - (805) 239-3668 The North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation

Poway - Poway Performing Arts Center - California Ballet

Poway - Poway Center for the Performing Arts - Southern California Youth Ballet - Nominated "Best Nutcracker in San Diego," SCYB's professionally staged production features elaborate sets, exquisite costumes, choreography reminiscent of the original Russian choreography over 100 years ago, with a cast of almost 100 dancers! www.southern-california-youth-ballet.org

Redondo Beach - Wadsworth Theater - The Westside Ballet

 

Redwood City - Ballet America in Redwood City features a beautiful Nutcracker ballet with professional guest artists from San Francisco Ballet and other prominent dance companies. Held in the Fox Theatre, the historic building and huge venue lends to the grace and elegance of this production from the Academy of American Ballet.

Sacramento - Sacramento Ballet. Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento, CA  sacballet.org


Sacramento - The Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre  danceballet.com.

San Bernadino - California Theatre of the Performing Arts -   idtnutcracker.org

San Diego - Spreckels Theater - The City Ballet

San Diego - San Elijo Dance & Music Academy   sdnutcracker.com

San Diego - The San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, San Diego's oldest ballet school, will present "The Nutcracker"  www.sdcyb.org

San Diego - Civic Theatre -
California Ballet Company version of The Nutcracker offers one of the finest Southern California ballets around.

Location: San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, 92101
(with the San Diego Symphony)

Tickets: Box Office 858-560-6741 or Civic Box Office 619-570-1100


Poway Center for the Performing Arts
15498 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064

San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Avenue, San Diego, 92101
(with the San Diego Symphony)


San Francisco - San Francisco Ballet is the oldest ballet company in the US and one of the largest. It is known and recognized around the globe.  sfballet.org

San Francisco - Palace of Fine Arts - Westlake School for the Performing Arts   wspadance.com .

San Francisco - San Francisco School of Arts Theater - San Francisco Youth Ballet Theatre presents the Nutcracker. For tickets www.sanfranciscoyouthballet.org

San Jose - Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley Nutcracker    balletsanjose.org.

Location: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden,  San Jose, CA.

Tickets:(408) 288-2800

San Jose - South Bay Dance Center   southbaydancecenter.com

San Luis Obispo - Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo.  pacslo.org

San Marcos - Poway Center for the Performing Arts - New West Ballet Theatre

 

San Mateo - Peninsula Ballet - Artistic directors, Michael Lowe and Mario Alonzo, the live orchestra (conductor Chirs Christensen) and the heart-warming feel of this professional dance performance makes Peninsula Ballet Theatre Dance Company season a visual splendor from first curtain rise to final curtain call. The season begins with the traditional classic ballet The Nutcracker by Director Emeritis, Carlos Carvajal. peninsulaballet.org   Performances can be seen in several venues in Pittsburg, CA  & San Mateo Performing Arts Center, San Mateo, CA

San Mateo - San Mateo Performing Arts Center www.pyb.org

San Pedro San Pedro City Ballet. Under the direction of choreographers Cynthia and Patrick David Bradley, The San Pedro City Ballet has grown into a seasoned ballet company with a culturally-diverse mix of talent. sanpedrocityballet.org

 

Santa Barbara - Arlington Theater S. B. Festival Ballet www .santabarbaraballetcenter.com/sbfestival.  Location: 1317 State St., Santa Barbara, CA Time: 2:30 p.m.

Santa Barbara - Lobero Theatre - West Coast Ballet - www.wcballet.org

Santa Clara - Convention Center Theatre - Santa Clara Ballet

Santa Clarita - Valencia High Theater - Santa Clarita Ballet

 

Santa Rosa - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts - DRW, a Resident Company of Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Thousand Oaks - Fred Kalvi Theater - California Dance Theatre californiadancetheatre.com

Torrance - Torrance Cultural Arts Center - Metropolitan Ballet Company  dancewest.org

Vacaville - Vacaville Ballet Theater Company produces a Nutcracker ballet usually performed at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre,
1010 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville, CA. vpat.net

 

Walnut Creek - Contra Costa Ballet School produces an annual Nutcracker at Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts - Hoffman Theater in Walnut Creek, CA. Contra Costa Ballet Centre. contracostaballet.org
 

Westside Ballet - Westside Ballet Nutcracker is one of the longest running Nutcracker Ballets in California. N

This 2008 season, The Nutcracker will be hosted in two locations. It will first appear in Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University on November 29 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm, and November 30 at 1:30 pm & 5:30 pm. Location: 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA. Call 310-828-6211 for tickets or visit www.westsideballet.com.

 

Performances resume at the Wadsworth Theatre in Brentwood/Los Angeles on December 13 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm, and December 14 at 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm. Wadsworth Theater address: 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Brentwood, CA 90073.  Call Ticketmaster at 213-365-3500 or purchase through ticketmaster.com. All tickets are $26.

  www.westsideballet.com

 

 

 

 


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Arts Northridge - the Nutcracker Ballet
Performance Hall - CSUNNorthridge, CA
Sat, 12/05/09
2:00 PM,  7:00 PM

Sun, 12/06/09 2 PM

Inland Pacific Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Bridges Auditorium

Claremont, CA
Sat, 12/05/09
2:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Sat, 12/12/09 2 PM

Sat, 12/19/09 2 PM

Sat, 12/19/09 7:30 PM

Sun, 12/20/09 2 PM

Anaheim Ballet Presents the Nutcracker: a Journey To Candyland
Plummer AuditoriumFullerton, CA
Sat, 12/05/09
3 PM, 8:00 PM

The Nutcracker
Irvine Barclay Theatre

Irvine, CA
Thu, 12/10/09
9:30 AM, 11:30 AM
Fri, 12/11/09 7 PM

Sat, 12/12/09 2 PM

Sat, 12/12/09 7 PM

Sun, 12/13/09 6 PM

Fri, 12/18/09 7 PM

Sat, 12/19/09

2 PM,  7 PM

Sun, 12/20/09

1 PM,  6 PM
Tue, 12/22/09 6 PM
Wed, 12/23/09 2 PM
Thu, 12/24/09 11 AM

Nutcracker - Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center

Bakersfield, CA
Fri, 12/11/09
07:30 PM
Sat, 12/12/09 1 PM

Sun, 12/13/09 1 PM

Westside Ballet - the Nutcracker
Wadsworth Theatre

Los Angeles, CA
Sat, 12/12/09 2 PM
Sun, 12/13/09 5 PM


The Nutcracker
Arlington Theatre

Santa Barbara, CA
Sat, 12/12/09 2:30 PM

Westside Ballet - the Nutcracker
Wadsworth Theatre

Los Angeles, CA
Sat, 12/12/09 2 PM

Sat, 12/12/09 7 PM

MOORPARK CIVIC BALLET - THE NUTCRACKER
Scherr Forum-Thousand Oaks Civic ArtsThousand Oaks, CA
Fri, 12/18/09 7 PM
Sat, 12/19/09 1:30 PM

The Nutcracker
Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Riverside, CA
Sat, 12/19/09 1 PM

City Ballet of Los Angeles presents The Nutcracker Swings
Orpheum Theatre

Los Angeles, CA
Sat, 12/19/09

2 PM,  8  PM

Los Angeles Ballet's the Nutcracker
Royce Hall - UCLALos Angeles, CA
Sat, 12/19/09 2 PM

Pacific Festival Ballet - the Nutcracker
Fred Kavli Theatre-Thousand Oaks Civic Arts

Thousand Oaks, CA
Sun, 12/13/09 2:30 PM
Sat, 12/19/09 2 PM

Sat, 12/19/09 7 PM

Sun, 12/20/09 2 PM

Sun, 12/20/09 6 PM

The Nutcracker
Terrace Theater - Long Beach Convention Center and Entertainment

Long Beach, CA
Sat, 12/19/09 2 PM

7:30 PM

Sun, 12/20/09 2 PM

The Nutcracker
William Saroyan Theatre Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center

Fresno, CA
Sat, 12/19/09 2 PM

Sat, 12/19/09 7:30 PM

Sun, 12/20/09 2 PM

The Nutcracker
Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Riverside, CA
Sat, 12/19/09 7 PM

Sun, 12/20/09 1 PM

Los Angeles Ballet's the Nutcracker
Royce Hall - UCLALos Angeles, CA
Sat, 12/19/09 7:30 PM

Sun, 12/20/09 1 PM
Sun, 12/20/09  PM
Sun, 12/20/09 7 PM

The Nutcracker
The Pasadena Civic

Pasadena, CA
Tue, 12/22/09 7:30 PM
Wed, 12/23/09 7:30 PM

Northern California
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Reno Ballroom

Reno, NV
Mon, 11/30/09 7:30 PM

Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium At Marin CenterSan Rafael, CA
Sat, 12/05/09 1 & 5 PM
Sun, 12/06/09 1 & 5 PM

Marin Ballet Nutcracker
Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium At Marin CenterSan Rafael, CA
Sat, 12/12/09 1 & 5 PM
Sun, 12/13/09 1 & 5 PM

C. Carvajal's Nutcracker
Paramount Theatre-Oakland

Oakland, CA
Thu, 12/24/0911:00 AM
Sat, 12/26/09 2 & 7:30 PM
Sun, 12/27/09 2 PM

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Bob Hope Theatre

Stockton, CA
Sun, 12/27/09 3 PM

San Diego Nutcracker Ballet
The Nutcracker
Spreckels Theatre

San Diego, CA
Fri, 12/11/09 7:30 PM
Sat, 12/12/09 2 & 7:30 PM
Sun, 12/13/09 2 PM
Fri, 12/18/09 7:30 PM
Sat, 12/19/09 2 PM

California Ballet Presents: the Nutcracker
San Diego Civic TheatreSan Diego, CA
Sat, 12/19/09

2:30 & 7:30 PM
Sat, 12/19/09 8 PM
Sun, 12/20/09 1 PM
Sun, 12/20/09 5:30 PM
Tue, 12/22/09 2:30 PM
Tue, 12/22/09 7 PM

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Copley Symphony HallSan Diego, CA
Sat, 12/26/09
3 PM  7:30 PM


The Nutcracker
Arlington Theatre

Santa Barbara, CA
Sun, 12/13/09 2:30 PM