Bring your Children to be enchanted by the ballet



The New Paltz Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Bardavon

The Nutracker Ballet in Poughkeepsie
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Nutcracker BalletToy soldiers, dancing sugarplum fairies and giant fighting mice enchant audiences at The Nutcracker
It's time once again to welcome the toy soldiers, sugar plum fairies and giant fighting mice into our hearts as we join Marie on her dreamlike journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. The Nutcracker, for the 17th year will soon be dancing across the Bardavon Stage in downtown Poughkeepsie. Presented by the New Paltz Ballet Theatre, the classic ballet about a little girl's special Christmas gift features dancers, designers and technicians who have come together to create a beautiful production sure to delight viewers of all ages. 


The Bardavon 1869 Opera House is the oldest continuously operating theater in New York. The Bardavon welcomes families to experience the art and music of the theater all year round by offering a number of children's shows open to the public and school trips. Upcoming shows include Miracle on 34th Street, The Nutcracker, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, Doktor Kaboom! Step Afrika! and more. 





Nutcracker dancers

The Nutcracker is a ballet based on E.T.A. Hoffman's tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, with music by Peter IlyitchTchaikovsky. Join Marie as she dreams up a magical adventure of a fierce battle between toy soldiers and giant mice.
Tickets for the New Paltz Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker are $30 and can be purchased at the Bardavon Box Office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie by phone, 845-473-2072 or through Ticketmaster.

The Nutcracker showings are:
Saturday, December 10 at 2pm, 7:30pm at The Bardavon
(Saturday, December 10 at 7:30pm at UPAC)
(Sunday, December 11 at 2pm at UPAC)
Sunday, December 11 at 3pm at The Bardavon




Pamela is the calendar, social media editor and places to go guru at Hudson Valley Parent. She was raised in the Hudson Valley and currently resides in Dutchess County with her husband and two boys. She enjoys beach days, crafting, photography and can rattle off a list of things to do or places to visit at any given moment.


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