The Nutcracker sparkles on local stages

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See the holiday classic Friday through Sunday, at South Side High School, 140 Shepherd St., in Rockville Centre. Performances are Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, at 5 p.m.; Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. $24, $22 seniors and under 12. For information and tickets, call (516) 766-7171.

New York Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker
New York Dance Theatre presents its 32nd season of the holiday ballet, which continues to invoke the style of the legendary George Balanchine. This year’s version features guest artists DaVon Doane and Jehbreal Jackson, both of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. The role of Young Prince is performed by School of American Ballet student Jeremy Wong, who danced the role in last year’s production as well as in Lincoln Center’s version.
The professional dancers join a cast of 80 children to bring the holiday classic to life.
New York Dance Theatre keeps to the Balanchine tradition — from storyline through choreography, and sets and costumes. It is the largest production on Long Island, according to artistic director Frank Ohman, a former soloist with the New York City Ballet, who created original scenes and sequences for his company’s production. The six performances are presented Friday, Dec. 20, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21-22, at 12 and 5 p.m.
The holiday ballet comes to life at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, in Hempstead. $40, $33 seniors and children 12 and under; all tickets are $20 Friday at 2 p.m. For tickets, call (631) 462-0964 or visit

Eglevsky Ballet
Long Island’s professional dance company, the Eglevsky Ballet, is ready to treat families to its spectacular version of Clara’s magical journey, under the guidance of Artistic Director Laszlo Berdo, former principal dancer with the Boston Ballet. Berdo’s reinterpreted Nutcracker is an exciting new version that complements Tchaikovsky’s lush score.
Returning guest artist Lia Cirio, along with Nelson Madrigal, join the cast. Both principal dancers with the Boston Ballet, they dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier. Students from the Eglevsky Ballet Training Program are also featured in this production.
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