The week ahead in L.A. dance, Dec. 3-10: ‘The Nutcracker,’ ‘Fiesta Mexicana’ and more

American Ballet Theatre brings its production of the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” back to Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa.
(Gene Schiavone)


Compiled by Matt Cooper

A Night in Triana IV Dancers Fanny Ara, Reyes Barrios, Alejandro Vega and Daniela Zermeño perform in this Forever Flamenco presentation. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West L.A. Sun., 8 p.m. $40-$55. (323) 663-1525.

The Nutcracker Ballet Etudes performs. Huntington Beach High School Auditorium, 1905 Main St., Huntington Beach. Sun., 1 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 10. $15-$35. (855) 222-2849.

The Nutcracker Westside Ballet performs the holiday favorite with a live orchestra and guest dancer and alumna Joy Womack. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Ends Sun., 1 and 5 p.m. $45. (310) 828-2018.


Tesseract Futuristic multimedia collaboration from choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener and video artist Charles Atlas. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Sun., 3 p.m. $16-$25. (213) 237-2800.

Culver City Tree Lighting Celebration Includes performances by folk-dance groups and local choirs. Town Plaza, Culver Boulevard and Van Buren Place, Culver City. Thu., 6 p.m. Free.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Miami City Ballet is joined a live orchestra, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and student dancers for a world-premiere production based on Balanchine’s classic choreography. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Thu., 6:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., noon and 4 p.m.; ends Dec. 10. $34 and up. (213) 972-0711.

The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker The Debbie Allen Dance Academy presents Allen’s update of the holiday favorite. Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 E. Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach. Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 10. $50-$110.

The Nutcracker American Ballet Theatre returns to perform the holiday favorite, accompanied by Pacific Symphony; with Misty Copeland, et al. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Thu.-Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 17. $29 and up. (714) 556-2787.

The Nutcracker Suite American Contemporary Ballet offers an intimate, immersive staging of the holiday favorite. The Bloc, 32nd floor, 700 S. Flower St., L.A. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 5 p.m.; next Sun., 2 and 5 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $40-$105. (213) 304-3408.

Dance Actually LA Unbound presents a holiday-themed show. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 4 and 8 p.m. $24, $29. (626) 346-7646.

Discover Dance Benita Bike’s DanceArt performs a family-friendly show. Lake View Terrace Library, 12002 Osborne St., Sylmar. Sat., 2 p.m. Free. (818) 470-5734.


Fiesta Mexicana: Feliz Navidad With Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles, Mariachi Garibaldi, et al. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge. Sat., 2 p.m. $38-$78. (818) 677-3000.

The Nutcracker Ballet Repertory Theatre performs. Golden West College Mainstage Theater, 15751 Gothard St., Huntington Beach. Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 5 p.m.; ends Dec. 24. $15, $19. (714) 895-8150.

The Nutcracker Festival Ballet Theatre performs with guest artists from Ballet West, the Joffrey Ballet, etc. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 1 and 6 p.m.; ends Dec. 24. $42-$75. (949) 854-4646.

The Nutcracker Inland Pacific Ballet performs. Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College, 450 N. College Way, Claremont. Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. Also in Rancho Cucamonga (Dec. 15-17) and Riverside (Dec. 22-23). $39 and up; discounts available. (909) 607-1139.


The Nutcracker Los Angeles Ballet performs. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. Also in Westwood (Dec. 15-17), Hollywood (Dec. 23-24) and Redondo Beach (Dec. 29-31). $31-$99; discounts available. (310) 998-7782.

The Nutcracker Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre performs. The Luckman Theatre, Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; next Sun., 11:30 and 4:30 p.m. $42. (800) 838-3006.

The Nutcracker Pasadena Dance Theatre performs. San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel. Sat.-next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $20-$65. (626) 683-3459.