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It simply isn’t the holidays without a trip to the Academy of Music for a performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. For decades, this amazing production has been Philadelphia’s most beloved holiday tradition. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, the incredible dancing and lavish sets and costumes bring to life the story of a young girl’s magical dream – a dream that never loses its appeal.

The sensory-friendly performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is on December 30th at 12:00pm. For more information about sensory-friendly performances, please click here.

Photo: Claire McAdams

The Nutcracker News & Events

The Nutcracker News & Events

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ enchants with snow, Sugar Plum, and a sparkling new tree

Published on: Saturday, December 7, 2019
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The Philadelphia Inquirer: Pa. Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ Christmas tree just got a $100,000 makeover

Published on: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
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Asbury Park Press: 40 places to see The Nutcracker in New Jersey, New York City and Pennsylvania

Published on: Thursday, November 14, 2019
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Visit Philadelphia: Top Things to Do in Philadelphia in December 2019

Published on: Thursday, November 7, 2019
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CBS3: Man Proposes to Girlfriend On Her Birthday At Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Show

Published on: Thursday, December 27, 2018
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Burlington County Times: Seven Burlington County children to dance in “The Nutcracker”

Published on: Wednesday, December 26, 2018
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Philly Voice: Pennsylvania Ballet challenges Gritty with 'The Nutcracker's' Mouse King

Published on: Thursday, December 20, 2018
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6ABC: Young dancers share their experiences with young students

Published on: Thursday, December 20, 2018
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Phindie: THE NUTCRACKER (PA Ballet): 50 years of a holiday treat

Published on: Monday, December 17, 2018
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Chestnut Hill Local: CHRISTMAS SEASON

Published on: Thursday, December 13, 2018
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Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s How a PA Ballet Dancer Prepares for The Nutcracker

Published on: Thursday, December 13, 2018
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Mommy Poppins: Don't Miss PA Ballet's The Nutcracker this Holiday Season

Published on: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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