Christmas 'Crackers


  • Courtesy of Sundance Ballet

Pass the bowl. There are a few more nuts to crack before the December dance season concludes, friends. And what would the holidays be without lords a-leaping and ladies dancing in beautiful, bright costumes?

Catch Clara and all the swirling, twirling treats and toys in The Sundance Ballet Company's Nutcracker taking place Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at Arcata High School ($20-$12). The company, under the direction and choreography of Artistic Director Carrie Badeaux, presents a full-length traditional production of the classic ballet featuring a cast of close to 100 dancers, with sets and costumes by local artists, designers and craftsmen.

In Eureka, don't miss the dazzling 20th anniversary Christmas Ballet: Nutcracker in Narnia, presented by Trinity Ballet Academy of McKinleyville on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the Eureka High School Auditorium ($15, $8 children 11 and under). This delightful production invites the audience to join Narnia's royals for their holiday celebration and enjoy dances from the Land of the Nutcracker and the Land of the Christmas Star.

Both shows are family friendly and a perfect tradition to start or continue each holiday season.

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