“The Nutcracker” (several versions) and other holiday dance shows abound. Here are some options, starting with a Nutcracker roundup:
The biggest, oldest, most classical: “Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy,” presented by Minnesota Dance Theatre. Justin Leaf reprises his role as the Nutrcracker Prince, as does Matt Jensen as the outlandish, delightful Madame Bonbonniere. Dec. 18-20. State Theatre, Minneapolis. Tickets $12-$48. 1-800-982-2787.
The wackiest and most transgressive: “Nutcracker (not so) Suite,” presented by Ballet of the Dolls. Takes the dancers-as-dolls-trope beyond the limit with a version that stars Barbie and Ken. Through Dec. 31. Ritz Theater, Minneapolis. Tickets $27. 612-623-7660
The show for young children: “The Nutcracker According to Mother Goose,” presented by Zenon Dance Company. Dec. 19-20. Ritz Theater, Minneapolis. Tickets $10-$18. 612-623-7660
The one-man show: “Nutbuster,” by John Munger. The “Nutcracker” as revealed through Drosselmeyer’s imagination. Dec 23. Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis. Tickets $10. 612-825-8949.
And not so nutty:
A new holiday ballet: “The Enchanted Toy Shop,” presented by St. Paul City Ballet. Based on “La Boutique Fantastique” produced by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe. Dec 18-20. E.M. Pearson Theater, Concordia College, St. Paul. Tickets ($18-$40) sold at the door.
The most fun for all ages: puppets, trumpets and no strumpets. “Holiday Pageant,” presented by Open Eye Figure Theater. Through Dec 23. Open Eye Figure Theater, Minneapolis. Tickets $12-$18. 612-874-6338.
An authentically Scandinavian holiday show: “A Scandinavian Christmas,” presented by Ethnic Dance Theater and the Minnesota Orchestra. The perennially energetic dance troupe performs holiday dances from Norway and Sweden. Dec. 19. Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis. Tickets $22-$60. 612-371-5656.