George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®
Dec 13 – 29, 2019
A magical adventure for the young and young-at-heart.
More than 100 dancers, dazzling stage effects and a brilliant live orchestra bring this winter wonderland to life.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is world-renowned for good reason – this stage spectacle captures the imagination of the whole family.
Step into the dream of a brave little girl named Marie and follow the dashing Nutcracker into a magical land… Meet toy soldiers and battle the Mouse King. Discover a sparkling forest of dancing Snowflakes. Befriend the Sugar Plum Fairy and a host of colorful characters in the Land of Sweets.
Join Miami City Ballet for your cherished holiday tradition this December.
Tickets from $30.
Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Duration: 1hr 35mins, including one interval
© The George Balanchine Trust
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Isabel and Ruben Toledo
Souvenir Photo With Dancers
Arrive at the theater early on selected dates and have your photo taken with MCB dancers in beautiful costumes from The Nutcracker. Take home a gorgeous memory of your Nutcracker experience, free of charge. Available on these dates only. We recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment.
Arsht Center, Miami
Lobby open from 2hrs before curtain time, photos with dancer’s end 15mins before curtain time (at the sound of the first chime).
Fri Dec 13
Tue Dec 17
Wed Dec 18
Kravis Center, West Palm Beach
Lobby open from 1hr before curtain time, photos with dancer’s end 15mins before curtain time (at the sound of the first chime).
Fri Dec 27, matinee and evening
*Photos with the dancers are available before the performance begins on the select days above. The photo booth area is available for photos at intermission without dancers. There is are no photos post-performance. Select dates are subject to change.
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Traveling to Kravis Center, West Palm Beach – use promo code KRAVISBL
Traveling with kids? Children under 12 ride free. Learn more.
Get in the holiday mood. Listen to our Nutcracker playlist here, or follow Miami City Ballet on Spotify.
Did you know that preparations for The Nutcracker go nearly all year?
Click here to take a look inside the rehearsal studio and view our online gallery.
Did you know that…
- MCB’s Mother Ginger is over 10’ tall including her headpiece and her costume weighs 70 lbs.
Watch a video of Mother Ginger & her Polichinelles here.
- There are 17 layers of fabric that create the Sugar Plum Fairy’s tutu.
Watch a video of the Sugar Plum Fairy here.
- During the waltz of the Snowflakes, approximately 100lbs of snow is dropped onto the stage per performance. The snow is made of paper and is recycled and reused for each performance.
Watch a video of the Waltz of the Snowflakes here.
- Balanchine himself performed the role of the Candy Cane as a young dancer (then known as the dazzling jesters).
Watch a video of the Candy Canes here.
- The original production of The Nutcracker included dancing ‘mirlitons’. In 1955, Balanchine replaced them with marzipan shepherdesses.
Watch a video of the sweet marzipan dance here.
- The luminous leader of the Flowers is called Dewdrop. She is a fairy, fluttering across Marie’s dream.
Watch a video of Dewdrop and the flowers here.
- It took over a dozen costume shops from all over the country to build all the costumes & headpieces for MCB’s new Nutcracker.
Watch part 1 and part 2 behind the scenes videos with Costume and Set Designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo.