How Many "Nutcracker" Performances Will You See This Season?

“The Nutcracker,” Orange County Style

’Tis the season for Peter Tchaikovsky’s indelible music and the beloved ballet that have become an American holiday tradition. These Orange County dance studios all put students front and center, though some have professional guest artists. Check their websites for more information.

American Pacific Ballet Company, Nov. 16 and 17, Plummer Auditorium, Fullerton, americanpacificballet.org

Anaheim Ballet, Dec. 21, City National Grove of Anaheim; “Nutcracker” excerpts Dec. 5 and 19, Downtown Disney, anaheimballet.org

Ballet Etudes, Dec. 7, 8, 14, and 15, Huntington Beach Union High School District Historic Auditorium and Bell Tower, balletetudes.com

Ballet Repertory Theatre, Dec. 8, 13 through 15, 20 through 24, Golden West College Mainstage Theater, Huntington Beach, orangecountydancecenter.com

Coast City Ballet, Dec. 21 and 22, Huntington Beach Union High School District Historic Auditorium and Bell Tower, coastcityballet.com

Festival Ballet Theatre, Dec. 13 through 15, 18 through 24, Irvine Barclay Theatre, festivalballet.org

Laguna Dance Theatre, Dec. 19 through 22, McKinney Theater, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, lagunadancetheatre.com

Maple Youth Ballet, Dec. 21 through 23, Northwood High School Performing Arts Theatre, Irvine, mapleconservatory.com

Nouveau Chamber Ballet, Dec. 7 and 8, Vic Lopez Auditorium, Whittier High School, nouveauchamberballet.com

Orange County Ballet Theater, Dec. 7 and 8, Northwood High School Performing Arts Theatre, Irvine, dkcba.com

Pacific Theatre Ballet, Dec. 21 and 22, Laguna Hills Community Center, pacifictheatreballet

Tustin Dance Center, Dec. 21 and 22, Nechita Center for the Arts, Lutheran High School of Orange County, tustindance.com

Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky Dance Academy, Dec. 14 and 15, Campus Theater, Fullerton College, vandtdance.com

Image via Laguna Dance Theatre