The Original San Jose Nutcracker

Step into a world where dreams come to life and holiday magic fills the air! Prepare to be whisked away by The Original San Jose Nutcracker, an enchanting ballet production that has delighted families for over 59 years. December 6th-8th & 13th-15th, 2024.

Join us at San Jose Dance Theatre for a timeless journey featuring brave toy soldiers, mesmerizing snowflakes, and the elegance of waltzing flowers. Experience the thrill of a battle between courageous soldiers and mischievous mice, all set against the backdrop of a stunning 60-foot Christmas tree that will leave you breathless.

San Jose Dance Theatre is honored to be accompanied by The Cambrian Symphony. Get ready for an unforgettable performance of your favorite holiday classic, The Nutcracker.

San José Dance Theatre is thrilled to invite you to witness the magic live on stage at the magnificent San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown San Jose. Let The Original San Jose Nutcracker ignite your imagination and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime..


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Performance Dates

Friday, December 6, 2024 @ 10:30 am (Once Upon A Nutcracker)
Friday., December 6, 2024 at 7:30pm
Saturday., December 7, 2024 at 1:00pm
Saturday., December 7, 2024 at 6:00pm
Sunday., December 8, 2024 at 1:00pm
Friday., December 13, 2024 at 7:30pm
Saturday., December 14, 2024 at 1:00pm
Saturday., December 14, 2024 at 6:00pm
Sunday., December 15, 2024 at 1:00pm



The Nutcracker ballet was first presented 125 years ago at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 17, 1892. Peter Tchaikovsky, the famous Russian composer, was commissioned by mastermind choreographer Marius Petipa to compose the Nutcracker ballet, score based on Alexandre Dumas’s adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”

The first performance of The Nutcracker ballet in the United States was by the San Francisco Opera Ballet, in 1944. The production was directed by William Christensen. Twenty years later in 1966, San José Dance Theatre brought the Silicon Valley it’s own version of the Nutcracker ballet. San José Dance Theatre is the second oldest Nutcracker ballet in the Bay Area and has been produced each and every December for 57 consecutive years.

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San José Dance Theatre is the official school of the original San Jose Nutcracker and Resident Ballet Company of the San Jose Center For The Performing Arts. San José Dance Theatre offers excellence in dance training in a nurturing environment. Classical ballet is the main focus, but students receive a well rounded curriculum including pointe, repertoire, Men’s class, Pas de Deux training, Modern dance, Jazz, Character Class, Chinese Tumbling, Pilates, and Progressing Ballet Technique. San Jose Dance Theatre has produced students who have gone on to professional dance careers and scholarships to universities. San José Dance Theatre offers training for youth and adults at beginning through pre-professional levels.



Nutcracker School Show / Once Upon A Nutcracker

San Jose Dance Theatre will perform a special abbreviated production of The Nutcracker. Designed for families with toddlers, preschoolers, and young children, enjoy excerpts of the production at the Center for Performing Arts in downtown San Jose. Please visit our Once Upon A Nutcracker page for more information.

A dream field trip for your class or school. The Nutcracker never fails to dazzle adults and children alike with its magic and adventure and promises to be an unforgettable experience. Research indicates that students who participate in the arts are more successful academically, socially and as members of their communities.

To reserve tickets for the Nutcracker School Performance CLICK HERE.