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. Headed into our 25th year, 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. In Holland, a 6-foot butterfly flies above the sleeping flowers. 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


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 in a hot air balloon, sponsored by Flying by Foy, returning year after year to fly Herr Drosselmeyer and the Butterfly as well.

Auditions will be held  in studio on
Saturday, September 18, 2021.

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The Nutcracker

"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... a beautiful ballet." 
- The Buffalo News