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The Nutcracker

The magic of the holiday season begins with the Nutcracker. Come celebrate a very special performance of the holiday classic with the American Academy Nutcracker. This production has become a Western New York favorite, previously selling out performances at UB Center for the Arts.


Celebrating our 27th year in 2023, it is Buffalo's longest-running production of "The Nutcracker."


The charm of this production is its child-friendly approach. Choreographed to delight children of all ages, there are surprises tucked into every scene. This production has scene after scene of color and magic. In China, a giant dragon takes center stage. At the North Pole, Santa's elves are busy putting finishing touches on holiday toys. The Snow Scene takes place in Central Park with an actual skating park and falling snow. A highlight of the Academy's Nutcracker is a visit that Clara and her Prince take to exciting lands each year. They travel around the world to exciting and enchanted lands.

UB Center for the Arts

103 Center for the Arts
Buffalo, NY 14260

December 2, 2023

"The American Academy of Ballet takes the audience into Tchaikovsky's imagination. This Nutcracker offers the best of what ballet is meant to provide: holiday tradition, whimsical abandon... an exquisite and disciplined company. With brilliant (and ever changing) sets, dazzling costumes, and gifted dancers, this Nutcracker will leave you with a warm heart and a smile on your face." 

- The Buffalo News, 2015
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