Nutcracker Performance Santa Cruz City Ballet ("Experience the Magic" Logo Head)

Santa Cruz City Ballet returns with
the Premier NUTCRACKER in Santa Cruz at
Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater

Saturday, December 18th and Sunday, December 19th


Join us for our annual Santa Cruz Nutcracker performance! Featuring dancers from all ages and backgrounds, we’ve come together to offer you this spectacular show. Many members of our beloved staff, including Studio Director Shannon Chipman and ballet teacher Vicki Bergland, performed in the original Santa Cruz Nutcracker Production. Even more, they continue to dance and teach to this day. Invite in the holiday spirit and come enjoy Tchaikovsky’s iconic score with our talented dancers, right in Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater.

History of the Nutcracker

The Nutcracker, originally produced in 1892, is a two-act ballet with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This production has been reimagined by various studios, and is a cultural icon. Because of this. you can even see references to it in popular culture such as television shows and movies.

Our version, backed by the International Academy of Dance‘s traditional Ballet technique, showcases choreographies from local professionals as well as fresh talent. We breathe new life into this timeless classic, so please join us this December to see the latest rendition of The Nutcracker!

In the performance?

If you’re in the show, head over to our Performers Page, where we have all the information you need! If you still have questions please reach out to our home studio, the International Academy of Dance.

Interested in supporting the show?

It’s the holiday season, and gift-giving is in the air! Your donation helps our Nutcracker performance come to life. And because we support local Santa Cruz businesses, artists, and choreographers, your donation also helps the community at large. We even offer space in our programs, if you have an advertisement you’d like to share come show-time! Learn More