Eight Not-To-Miss Dance Shows To Catch In Philadelphia This December

Enjoy these festive dance shows this month...

‘Tis the season to be merry — and Philadelphia’s dance companies offer many chances for merriment this holiday season.

Leading dance troupes present full programs while that old festive favorite, The Nutcracker, gets its usual lavish productions as well as some inventive original reworkings.

Here are eight shows you don’t want to miss this December.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

The NutcrackerPhoto courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet's much-loved holiday tradition returns for another year of magical music and choreography — Sugarplum Fairy and all.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

When:Through December 31 (select dates)
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35-$159

www.paballet.org

Urban Scuba: Adult Swim

With sensual aerial movements and a reconstruction of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, JUNK dives deep into its driving dance repertoire for a one-of-a-kind holiday celebration.

Urban Scuba: Adult Swim

When:Through Saturday, December 23
Where:JUNK, 2040 Christian Street
Cost:$25-$50

www.briansandersjunk.com

Ronald K. Brown's Evidence, A Dance Company

Evidence, A Dance Company | Photo courtesy NextMove Dance

Renowned choreographer Ronald K. Brown — who has worked with troupes around the world, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company — brings his own project, Evidence, A Dance Company, to Philadelphia this month. Since 1985, Evidence has used African Dance, contemporary dance, music and spoken word to tell stories and encourage understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora.

Ronald K. Brown's Evidence, A Dance Company

When:December 14-17
Where:Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$20-$62

nextmovedance.org

PHILADANCO: H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

Photo courtesy Philadanco

Dance legend Carmen de Lavallade and choreography highlights PHILADANCO's energetic December program inspired by August Wilson's poetry.

PHILADANCO: H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

When:December 15-17
Where:Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street
Cost:$30-$47

www.kimmelcenter.org

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

The Christmas creatures stir when Dancefusion returns with its lush interpretation of this timeless Christmas tale.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

When:Saturday, December 16
Where:Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20-$40

www.gbyedance.org

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet brings its extravagant Russian-flavored version of the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet on a 25th anniversary tour.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

When:December 18-19
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$28-$175

www.nutcracker.com

Stomp

Photo by Junichi Takahashi

A rotating cast of talented percussionists and dancers bring brooms, lids, hammers and more for their thumping show at the Merriam Theater.

Stomp

When:December 26-31
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$40-$92

www.kimmelcenter.org

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