December dance:

The Nutcracker, hip hop, Irish step and more Holiday traditions

• Adirondack Repertory Dance Theatre of Glens Falls performs Home for the Holidays, a celebration of dance, including hip hop, jazz and classical ballet. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2; Charles R. Wood Theater, Glens Falls. (518) 761-0873,

• Albany Berkshire Ballet, in its 43rd season, presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9; The Egg, Albany. (518) 473-1845,

• Carol of the King is an Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular led by Justin Boros, formerly of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, with 20 dancers and musicians. They’ll present the story of how the sorceress Circe and her legions, The Frost, trap King Solomon and his kingdom. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; Proctors, Schenectady. (518) 346-6244,

• Moscow National Ballet brings its fantastical production of The Nutcracker to Albany as part of its 25th anniversary North American tour. Lavish Victorian costumes dress the 40 dancers, as well as local ballet students. Among the visuals are a Christmas tree that grows 50 feet tall and birds that flap their wings. The ballet includes life-size Matryoshka dolls, a Russian Father Christmas and a Snow Maiden. 7 p.m. Dec. 6; Palace Theatre, Albany. (800) 745-3000,

• Dancers in the National Museum of Dance’s School of the Arts present Act II of The Nutcracker. 1 and 7 p.m.  Dec. 9; Maple Avenue Middle School, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-2225,

• Northeast Ballet, the resident ballet company at Proctors, under director/choreographer Darlene Myers, celebrates its 27th season with its annual production of The Nutcracker. Before the Sunday performance, kids can visit with Santa, and there will be cookies and crafts. 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3. (518) 346-6244,

• Saratoga City Ballet dazzles with The Nutcracker: Sweet and Swingin,’ fusing jazz, tap, African dance and ballet to live music. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16; Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Springs. (518) 584-1895,

• Skidmore College’s Dance Department with guest artist Chanon Judson of Urban Bush Women perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2. (518) 580-5392,



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