]Mark Foehringer’s family favorite “Nutcracker Sweets” comes to Fort Mason’s Cowell Theater. (Courtesy photo)

]Mark Foehringer’s family favorite “Nutcracker Sweets” comes to Fort Mason’s Cowell Theater. (Courtesy photo)

Holiday Dance 2016: Sugarplums abound!

Toe shoes are on for the season’s festivities, with “Nutcrackers” galore, and other Christmas favorites, too.

Nutz Re-Mixed!: Tandy Beal’s dazzling family show, called a “Nutcracker for the 21st century,” features music by the a cappella ensemble SoVoSo. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 4, $25-$65. Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, www.NutzReMixed.com

Peninsula Youth Ballet: Ayako Takahashi directs the troupe in its 20th annual “Nutcracker.” Separate $10 tickets may be purchased for post-performance tea parties. 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 26, 2 p.m. Nov. 27, $25-$45. San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St., San Mateo, www.pyb.org

The Velveteen Rabbit: For the 30th year, ODC/Dance presents its adaptation of the children’s book. A milk-and-cookies party, which requires a separate $12 ticket, follows the Nov. 29 show. Nov. 25-Dec. 11, $19-$75. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787, www.odcdance.org/velveteenrabbit

Pacific Ballet Academy: Under the direction of Marion and Rima Chaeff, PBA dancers perform the school’s 26th annual “Nutcracker.” 1 and 6 p.m. Nov. 25-26, 12:30 and 4 p.m. Nov. 27, $26-$30. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

Ballet Joyeux: The Walnut Creek-based troupe presents “Once Upon a Christmas,” a holiday ballet with Santa, his elves and the toys in his workshop. 11 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec.3, $27. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, www.lesherartscenter.org

Ballet America Nutcracker: The full-length production for families features dozens of local dancers twirling alongside professionals. 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 4. $22-$39, Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, www.foxrwc.com

Western Ballet: The Mountain View-based school’s “Nutcracker” is a tradition for families. 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 1 p.m. Dec. 4, $28-$33. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

San Francisco Youth Ballet: Dancers from the youth troupe are joined by dancers across the state in the group’s 15th full-length “Nutcracker.” 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3-4. $24-$26. Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave., S.F., www.sanfranciscoyouthballet.org

Presidio Dance Theater
: The show includes “Nutcracker” excerpts and dances celebrating winter traditions from across cultures. 2 p.m., Dec. 4, $40-$100. Herbst Theatre,401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Dancers Repertory Theatre: “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” featuring more than 150 dancers ages 5-16, is based on the poem by Clement C. Moore. 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 10-11, $15-$25. Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside, www.twasthenight.org

Smuin ballet: The 2016 edition of “The Christmas Ballet” includes new choreography from Smuin choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert and dancers Nicole Haskins, Rex Wheeler and Ben Needham-Wood. Dec. 7-11, $25-$89. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View; also Dec. 15-24 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., www.smuinballet.org

City Ballet School: The “Nutcracker” production features students performing choreography by Galina Alexandrova, a former dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet. 1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 10, 1 p.m. Dec. 11, $40. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Dance-Along Nutcracker: The theme of the 2016 festive participatory event is “The Fantastic Adventures of Captain Nutcracker.” 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 11, $18-$30. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F., www.ybca.org

Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets: The colorful family-oriented 50-minute rendition of the seasonal ballet has a contemporary twist and live chamber music accompaniment. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 10-11, Dec. 19-20, plus 4 p.m. Dec.17-18, $21-$31. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., (800) 838-3006, nutcrackersweets.org

San Francisco Ballet: For 70 years, The City’s premier ballet company stages its lavish production, the longest-running “Nutcracker” in America. Dec. 10-29, $25-$498. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfballet.org

The San José Nutcracker: New Ballet School stages the classical holiday ballet unique to San Jose, presented in partnership with History San Jose, 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and Dec. 23, 2 p.m. Dec. 17-18 and Dec. 24, $20-$38.50. Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, www.sanjosenutcracker.com

Peninsula Ballet Theatre: The troupe premieres “Hip Hop Nutcracker,” a new twist on the classic. 7 p.m. Dec. 16, $40. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. Mateo, www.peninsulaballet.org

Bayer Ballet Academy: “The Snow Queen” is an original youth ballet production based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 3 p.m. Dec. 17, $33-$53. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

Peninsula Ballet Theatre: The troupe performs its 45th “Nutcracker” using Carlos Carvajal’s well-loved choreography. 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, $30-$60. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, www.peninsulaballet.org

Oakland Ballet Company: The troupe presents artistic director Graham Lustig’s popular interpretation of “Nutcracker,” with music by the Oakland Symphony. 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, $25-$92.Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oaklandballet.org

Moscow Ballet: Elite Vaganova Academy-trained dancers appear in the “Great Russian Nutcracker.” 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa; 7 p.m. Dec. 19; Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.,; 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; *28-$175. www.nutcracker.com
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