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Visions of Sugar-Plum Fairies

December has descended, and dancers all know what that means – time to bust out the rouge and toe shoes for the inevitable performance of The Nutcracker. The holiday favorite is a time-honored ballet tradition, and for many youngsters, it’s an important first memory that often leads straight to ballet class (if they aren’t already enrolled, that is). But here’s the rub: Every dance company in town is going to be performing the same ballet. Where do you go? No need to get your sugar plums in a twist, dance fans. There are two Nutcracker shows to choose from tonight.

The biggest performance will certainly be the Miami City Ballet’s at the Carnival Center. Replete with a cast of more than 100, magnificent sets and costumes, and special effects, the spectacle is something Tchaikovsky himself would be overjoyed to see. Kids from Miami City Ballet School will join the grownups onstage, so your little ones will have something to look forward to. Tickets range from $19.75 to $63. Visit For a version with a Latin twist, head to the Manuel Artime Theater (900 SW First St., Miami) for The Nutcracker featuring Las Voces Blancos USA. It begins at 7, and admission is $22 at the door. Call 305-463-0984, or visit
Fri., Dec. 14, 2007


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