It’s always on my list of to-do for the Holiday season and there are many to choose from. Some of which are more kid friendly and less expensive. If you are interested in seeing the ballet over the holidays check out the list below.
Ballet for Young Audiences’ The Nutcracker
Wed Dec 1-Thu Dec 30. Visit byanyc.org for complete info.
This production features music, dance and even dialogue. Thanks to the clear format, even the littlest kids will be able to follow the Nutcracker Prince on his adventure through the Forbidden Forest and the Land of Sweets. Bonus: It’s only an hour long.
Joffrey Ballet School presents The Nutcracker
Fri Dec 17 at 7pm; Sat Dec 18, Sun Dec 19 at 2, 7pm. Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Ave between 58th and 59th Sts (212-254-8520, joffreyballetschool.com).
$45–$85, seniors and children ages 3–12 $22.50–$42.50, lap-children free.
The famous dance school presents its full-length Nutcracker. Students play every role, including the star, the Sugar Plum Fairy.
New York Theatre Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Sat Dec 11, Sun Dec 12, Sat Dec 18, Sun Dec 19 at 11am, 1, 3:30pm. Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute/Alliance Franaise, 55 E 59th St between Madison and Park Aves (212-355-6160, nytb.org). $40, children under 13 $35.
The NYTB’s production is highly polished but abridged to one hour in length, to be better tolerated by young ones.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Fri Nov 26–Sun Jan 2. David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza at 63rd St (212-870-5570, nycballet.com). $30–$225.
This Lincoln Center production is the one people have in mind when they ask, “Have you been to The Nutcracker?” New York City Ballet’s full roster of more than 100 ballerinas, danseurs and musicians—plus children from the School of American Ballet—perform Balanchine’s classic choreography. Princess-smitten tots are most likely to fall for the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen, but all kids will get a kick out of the one-ton Christmas tree that “grows” onstage, and Mother Ginger, who hides little dancers under her nine-foot-wide skirt.