Holiday dance: Nutcracker and more 

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  • Choreographer Katy Alaniz Rous sets the story of Hanukkah to excerpts from the traditional “Nutcracker” performed by World Dance Fusion.
The Velveteen Rabbit: For the 27th year, ODC/Dance presents its adaptation of the children’s book. A milk-and-cookies party, which requires a separate $10 ticket, follows the Dec. 1 show. Nov. 29-Dec. 15, $16-$75. Lam Research Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F., www.ybca.org, www.odcdance.org

Pacific Ballet Academy: Under the direction of Marion and Rima Chaeff, PBA dancers perform the school’s 23rd annual “Nutcracker.” 1 and 6 p.m. Nov. 29-30, 12:30 and 4 p.m. Dec. 1, $26-$30. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

Fiesta Navidena: Carolina Lugo’s and Carolé Acuña’s Ballet Flamenco presents a holiday show. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Dec. 7, Dec. 15, Dec. 21-22, Dec. 28-29, $15-$21. Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

Peninsula Youth Ballet: Ayako Takahashi directs the troupe in its 18th annual “Nutcracker” with professional guest artists. Separate tickets may be purchased for post-performance tea parties. 2 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 p.m. Dec. 8, $25-$75.

San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St., San Mateo, www.pyb.org

Ballet America: Professional guest artists join the Redwood City-based group (featuring some 100 young local dancers) in a family-friendly “Nutcracker.” 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Dec. 8, $18-$39. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, www.balletamerica.org

Jewish Nutcracker: Choreographer Katy Alaniz Rous sets the story of Hanukkah to excerpts from the traditional “Nutcracker” performed by World Dance Fusion. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 2 p.m. Dec. 8, $18-$28. Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 Fourth St., S.F., www.jewishnutcracker.com

Ballet Joyeux The Walnut Creek-based troupe presents “Once Upon a Christmas,” a holiday ballet with Santa, his elves and the toys in his workshop. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, $20-$25. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, www.leshercenter.org

Mark Foehringer's Nutcracker Sweets: The colorful family-oriented 50-minute rendition of the seasonal ballet has a contemporary twist and live chamber music accompaniment. Dec. 7-24, $18-$28. Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F., (800) 838-3006, nutcrackersweets.org

San Francisco Ballet: For 69 years, The City’s premiere ballet company has staged its lavish production, the longest-running “Nutcracker” in America. Dec. 11-29, $25-$210. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfballet.org

Ballet San Jose: Choreographer Karen Gabay’s “Nutcracker” features costumes by Broadway legend Theoni V. Aldredge and a staging inspired by the E.T.A. Hoffmann story, but with feminist underpinnings. Dec. 13-26, $20-105. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose, www.balletsj.org

City Ballet School: In the 10th anniversary “Nutcracker” production, students ages 6 to 18 perform choreography by Galina Alexandrova, a former dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 p.m. Dec. 15, $25-$35. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

S.F. Youth Ballet: Dancers from the youth troupe are joined by dancers across the state in the group’s 13th full-length “Nutcracker.” 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 14-15, $24-$26. Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave., S.F., www.sanfranciscoyouthballet.org

Smuin Ballet: The popular “Christmas Ballet” has music from Elvis Presley, Mozart and Ray Charles and choreography by Val Caniparoli, Robert Dekkers, Amy Siewert and Michael Smuin. Dec. 18-28. $24-$64. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F., www.smuinballet.org

Moscow Ballet: Vaganova Academy-trained dancers’ “The Great Russian Nutcracker” this year has a Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wing span. 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18-19 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, $27.50-$102, www.nutcracker.com, www.ticketmaster.com

Bayer Ballet Academy: “A Winter Fairy Tale,” a full-length production inspired by Russian New Year’s Eve, is set to music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22, $25-$30. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.bayerballetacademy.com

Peninsula Ballet Theatre: Under the direction of David Fonegra, PBT performs its 43rd “Nutcracker” using Carlos Carvajal’s well-loved choreography. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Dec. 22, $30-$60. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, www.peninsulaballet.org

Oakland Ballet Company: The troupe presents artistic director Graham Lustig’s popular interpretation of “Nutcracker,” with music by the Oakland East Bay Symphony. 2 p.m. Dec. 21-22, 11 a.m. Dec. 24, $20-$59.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oaklandballet.org

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