Westside Ballet’s Longest Running ‘Nutcracker’ Highlights Culver City Dancers

The longest-running NUTCRACKER production in SoCal returns beginning Thanksgiving weekend for eight public performances at BroadStage in Santa Monica.

A Los Angeles holiday tradition for all ages since 1973, Westside Ballet’s version of the classic preserves the spirit of choreographer George Balanchine as carried on by Westside’s co-founder Yvonne Mounsey, who pioneered the role of Center Spanish while a New York City Ballet principal dancer.

“The lavish performances, featuring both world-class professional dancers and pre-professional and student performers, are an ideal way to expose children to classical music and dance,” says Producer and Westside Board President Judith Meister. “The holiday spirit truly leaps to life as audiences are invited to follow Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on a snow-dusted, sugary journey that only Tchaikovsky could have composed.”

The Westside production features over 85 dancers, 225 costumes, and four lavishly designed scenes that have been updated over the years with new backdrops and accouterments, but still retains the most beloved traditional characters and iconic moments—including the tree that grows, a firing cannon, and falling snow over a stunning corps de ballet.

This is the complete, traditional ballet, from the Victorian-style party scene to the dazzling Sugar Plum Fairy, based on the romanticist E.T.A. Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and the Marius Petipa classic.

Performances always sell out, so grab your tickets now!

BroadStage, 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

This will be Westside Ballet’s ninth year at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center.

Our 2022 Performance Schedule:

Saturday Nov 26 @ 1 pm and 5 pm
Sunday Nov 27 @ 1pm and 5 pm
Saturday Dec 3 @ 1 pm and 5 pm
Sunday Dec 4 @ 1 pm and 5 pm


1-800-595-4849 (4TIX) https://westsideballet.com/NutTix

Special Group Rates Available for Groups of 15 or More.
 Questions? please email: [email protected]

Photo – left to right back – Chloe Meyer, Serena Klipfel, Isla Segar, and (front) Heath Olvera
Photo credit Daniel Chiswick.


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