Holiday Dance 2018: It wouldn’t be Christmas without ‘The Nutcracker’

Students and professionals get on their toes in the classic ballet across Bay Area stages; yet the season also hosts fun alternative holiday dance productions.

Pacific Ballet Academy: Under the direction by Marion and Rima Chaeff, PBA dancers perform the school’s 28th annual “Nutcracker, with one-hour shows for little ones at noon and 2 p.m. Nov. 23. Full-length performances at 6 p.m. Nov. 23, 1 and 6 p.m. Nov. 24, 12:30 and 4 p.m. Nov. 25, $26-$30. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View,

The Velveteen Rabbit: For the 32nd year, ODC/Dance presents its adaptation of the classic children’s book. A milk-and-cookies party, which requires a separate $25 ticket, follows the Nov. 25 performance. Nov. 24-Dec. 9, $15-$100. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F., (415) 978-2787,

Ballet Joyeux: The Walnut Creek-based troupe of youth performers’ “Once Upon a Christmas” is a holiday ballet with Santa, elves and the toys in his workshop. 11 and 7 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, $30. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek,

City Ballet School: The “Nutcracker” production features students performing choreography by Galina Alexandrova, formerly of the Bolshoi Ballet. 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 1 p.m. Dec. 2, $40-$50. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.,

Western Ballet: The Mountain View-based school’s two-hour “Nutcracker” is a tradition for families. 7 p.m. Nov. 30, 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 1 p.m. Dec. 2, $28-$33. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View,

Peninsula Youth Ballet: The troupe presents its 24th annual “Nutcracker.” Separate $15 tickets may be purchased for post-performance tea parties. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, $15-$45. Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St., San Mateo,

San Francisco Youth Ballet: Dancers from the youth troupe are joined by dancers across the state in the group’s 18th annual full-length “Nutcracker.” 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 1-2. $24-$26. Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave., S.F.,

Dancers Repertory Theatre: “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” featuring more than 80 dancers ages 5-16, is based on the poem by Clement C. Moore. 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, 3 p.m. Dec. 8, $23-$25. Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside,

Presidio Dance Theater: Sherene Melania’s “Beyond the Land of Sweet,” a “Nutcracker” spinoff, celebrates winter traditions from across cultures. 3 p.m. Dec. 2, $40-$100. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

Smuin: The 2018 edition of “The Christmas Ballet” includes new choreography from Smuin dancers Erica Felsch and Rex Wheeler. Dec. 5-9, $25-$91. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View; also Dec. 13-24 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.,

San José Dance Theatre: Bay Area dancers (with world-class guest professionals) appear in the South Bay’s 53rd production of “Nutcracker” with accompaniment by the 52-piece Cambrian Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16, $38-$90. Center for Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose,

Ballet America Nutcracker: The 90-minute production for families features dozens of local dancers twirling alongside professionals. 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 9. $15-$49. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City,

Marin Ballet: With choreography by Julia Adam and some 150 local dancers, the full-length “Nutcracker” has a Victorian era setting; an optional $10 party follows the 1 p.m. show. 1 and 5 p.m., Dec. 8-9, $25-$45. Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael,

Dance-Along Nutcracker: This year, the festive participatory event has the theme “Clara Potter and the Elder Baton.” 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 9, $21.50-$49.50. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.,

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. 8-9; 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 15-16, Dec. 22-23. $22.50-$42.50. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.,

Bayer Ballet Academy: “The Snow Queen” is an original youth ballet production based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15, $30-$50. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View,

San Francisco Ballet: The City’s premier ballet company’s extravagant, beloved production is billed as the longest-running “Nutcracker” in America. Dec. 12-29, $59-$448. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.,

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. 14 and Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 22-24, $20-$91. Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose,

Marin Dance Theatre: “Sophie and the Enchanted Toyshop,” a full-length children’s ballet with more than 100 dancers, includes guest professionals, and a separately ticketed 3 p.m. “Teddy Bear” tea. 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15, $32-$40. Veterans Memorial, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael,

Moscow Ballet: The “Great Russian Nutcracker” includes two acts: “A Christmas Party” and “Land of Peace and Harmony.” 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs, Santa Rosa; $23-$88.

Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s “Hip Hop Nutcracker” — Edgardo Solorio, Grant Torino, Stuck Sanders, Michael Alvarez and Francis Aquino are pictured — is onstage again in Redwood City. ( Courtesy Lance Huntley / Peninsula Ballet)

Hip Hop Nutcracker: Peninsula Ballet Theatre stages the new twist on the old classic choreographed by Alee Martinez and Isaac “Stuck” Sanders. 7 p.m. Dec. 21-22, Dec. 28-29. $55-$75. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City,

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. 22, 1 p.m. Dec. 23, $20-$97. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland,

Peninsula Ballet Theatre: The professional troupe presents an all new “Nutcracker” with more than 125 costumed characters. 2 p.m. Dec. 22, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23, 11 a.m. Dec. 24, $35-$60. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City,