The festive season is on its way! This is the occasion to discover or re-discover the beautiful Nutcracker ballet, a real musical symbol.

Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in the snow scene from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, choreographed by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. PNB’s production features sets and costumes designed by children’s author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig) and runs November 23 – December 28, 2018. Photo © Elise Bakketun.

Nutcracker is a Russian ballet that was created by Tchaïkovski. It was inspired by the Alexander Dumas’ version of Nutcracker and the Mouse King, a tale from German author, Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, published in 1816 in Berlin.

On Christmas eve, a little girl, Clara, receives from her godfather a nutcracker as a present. Clara goes to sleep and during the night, she gets surrounded with faerie and magic: the toys get live in the living room and the nutcracker turns into a prince…

The Pacific Northwest Ballet version of Nutcracker (choreography from George Balanchine since 2015) is sumptuous but it also exists other versions in Seattle, to fit everyone taste/budget. You will find some of our suggestions:


Pacific Northwest Ballet (November 23 – December 28, 2018)
McCaw Hall
321 Mercer St.
Seattle, Wa 98109

ARC School of Ballet (December 7, 8, 9, 2018)
ARC Dance Space
9250 14th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98117

DASS Dance School (December 9,10, 15, 17, 2018)
Washington Hall
153 14th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98122


Island Youth Ballet (December 9,10, 15, 17, 2018)
Jewish Community Center – Mercer Island Campus
3801 E. Mercer Way
Mercer Island, Wa 98040

Evergreen City Ballet (November 30 – December 16, 2018)
The Theatre at Meydenbauer
11100 N.E. 6th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
+ Auburn/Renton locations

International Ballet Theatre (December 14-23, 2018)
Meydenbauer Theatre
11100 N.E. 6th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004

Emerald Ballet Theater (December 1, 2, 8, 9, 2018)
Northshore Performing Arts Center
18125 92nd Ave. N.E.
Bothell, Wa 98011