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Experience the Magic of ‘The Nutcracker’ with Ballet Theatre Company

Waltz of the Snowflakes in BTC's The Nutcracker 2022. Photo credit: Thomas Giroir

West Hartford-based Ballet Theatre Company will be presenting ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Bushnell beginning Dec. 1, 2023.

Luigi Crispino (American Ballet Theatre) in BTC’s The Nutcracker 2022. Photo credit: Thomas Giroir


The holiday season is just around the corner, and what better way to get in the spirit than attending a performance of the beloved holiday tale, The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Theatre Company (BTC) at The Bushnell’s Maxwell M. & Ruth R. Belding Theater.

BTC’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by Artistic Director Stephanie Dattellas, follows the beloved story of a young girl named Clara who goes on an adventure with her magical Nutcracker doll after the rest of the family has gone to sleep for the evening. Though the story is familiar, Dattellas’ version includes a few unique twists and turns that will keep repeat audience members and first-timers alike on the edge of their seats. Now in their third year performing Dattellas’ The Nutcracker at the Belding, BTC is thrilled to share a variety of performance offerings with the community this December.

After presenting four nearly sold-out performances of The Nutcracker in 2022, BTC is pleased to offer five public performances this December. Join BTC at The Bushnell on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.; or Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. for our standard performance offerings.

If you have a family member or friend with sensory-sensitivities, or other needs that might prevent attending a traditional theater performance, we encourage you to join us on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. for our special presentation of The Nutcracker: A Sensory-Friendly Ballet. This public performance includes the same fabulous cast and enticing storyline as our other public performances, but offers decreased volume and other adjustments to the theater environment for the comfort of our patrons. Attendees of the Sensory-Friendly Ballet are encouraged to move from their seats as desired, and permitted to enter and exit the theater as needed.  While this performance is intended for those with sensory-sensitivities, we also welcome families with young children experiencing theater for the first time to join as well.

In addition to our public performances, we are also pleased to offer A Children’s Ballet on Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Tickets for this abbreviated performance are open only to local school students, offering them the chance to view part of the full production, with a special sneak peek at behind the scenes elements, and the chance to ask our professional dancers questions! Limited seats are available, so we encourage interested teachers to submit bookings as soon as possible. For more information, visit https://www.dancebtc.org/a-childrens-ballet

With multiple options to choose from, there’s a presentation of BTC’s The Nutcracker for everyone this holiday season! Tickets generally sell quickly, so purchasing early is recommended to ensure you have a seat to experience the magic with BTC this December.


To purchase tickets for our public performances (including A Sensory-Friendly Ballet), visit the website. Please contact [email protected] or call the office at 860-570-0440 with any questions.

To learn more about A Children’s Ballet, or submit a booking request, please visit https://www.dancebtc.org/a-childrens-ballet.

Ballet Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Support for Season 25 is provided by: Connecticut Humanities. CT Office of the Arts, The Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, The William & Alice Mortensen Foundation, Ahearn Family Foundation, The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust, The Davenport Hatch Foundation, Henry Hall Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee, The Buchalter and Breslow Family, The John and Kelly Hartman Foundation, The Petit Family Foundation, The Ensworth Charitable Trust, We-Ha.com, Laurel Graphic Design, Cricket Press, Connecticut Public, Massage Envy West Hartford, Homestead Funding, Theatrical Stage Employees Local 84, and Beam & Barre.

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