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Full-Length Nutcracker Performances That You Can Watch on YouTube Now- 2021

It’s the time of the year when ballets all over the world are performing the classic Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. 2021 is the first year when audiences will be able to watch the performances in person after the start of the Corona/ Coivd-19 pandemic started in 2020. Even though many ballet companies are holding live performances of the ballet with live audiences, there are still many ballet companies that posted the full show of their Nutcracker performances on YouTube to watch. Here are my favorite versions of the ballet that can be see as of the publishing of this post.

Disclaimer: All the videos I will linking to and talking about are posted on official YouTube channels of the ballet company. If the links are broken, that mean the video was removed after I wrote this post.

Joffrey Ballet School Nutcracker NYC Trainee Performance 2019

The Joffrey Ballet School is the official dance school for the Joffrey Ballet. Although the Joffrey Ballet is located in Chicago, Illinois, the trainee programs are located in New York City and Texas. This video of the New York trainee program from 2019.

You can read more about the Joffrey Ballet here, the Joffrey Ballet School here, and the Joffrey Ballet School New York City Trainee Program here.



Central Florida Ballet presents: The Nutcracker (1 Hour, Narrated Version for Children)


Central Florida Ballet presents: The Nutcracker (Full-Length Version)

According to Central Florida Ballet’s website…

The Central Florida Ballet was founded in 2000 by world-renowned dancer and director, Vasile Petrutiu, and “Orlando’s ballerina” Heather Fryxell-Sanders. Mr. Petrutiu had come to Orlando to direct Southern Ballet Theatre (now Orlando Ballet), where Ms. Sander-Fryxell was the principal dancer. Their common artistic goals led them to start their own dance organization made up of a school, the Ballet Academy of Central Florida, and a ballet company.

The videos I’m sharing from Central Florida’s Ballet are the full length version of The Nutcracker as well as an one hour, narrated version. The shortened version is meant for children and would be a great alternative production to watch if you and your family can’t sit down and watch the full-length production.

You can read more about the Central Florida Ballet here.



The Nutcracker – a Christmas ballet in two acts

Swedish National Ballet School

You can read more about the Swedish National Ballet School here and the Swedish National Ballet here. (The website for the Ballet School is in English and Swedish while the National Ballet’s is only in Swedish. If you have trouble reading the website, please use a translator website such as Google Translator to read it completely in English)



The Nutcracker 2018

Armour Dance Theatre

Armour Dance Theater, formally known as the Miami Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, posted the video of their production of The Nutcracker. The production is from 2018.

You can read more about the Armour Dance Theatre here.



Municipal Ballet Company’s 5th Annual River of Rosewater, presented By [Social Antidote]

This version of The Nutcracker is by the Municipal Ballet Company, which is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. On Municipal Ballet Company’s website, they describe the River of Rosewater as follows…

RIVER OF ROSEWATER – Municipal Ballet’s 1920’s version of Tchiakovsky’s “Nutcracker,” with score arranged and played live by Pixie and the Partygrass Boys. Performed December of 2016 and 2017 at the McCune Mansion in Salt Lake City.

The video available on YouTube is in collaboration with Social Antidote. According to their website, Social Antidote is “a non-profit dedicated to providing quality experiences showcasing local creatives””.

You can read more about the Municipal Ballet Company on their website here and Social Anitidote here.



Nutcracker: The Motion Picture

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture is a full-length movie based off ballet. It is currently available on YouTube to watch for free with ads. The YouTube description of the movie is…

The colorful holiday classic is finally brought to the big screen, designed by famed children’s story author and artist Maurice Sendak, and written for the first time to be as close as possible to the original story. A lavish, exciting and heart-warming celebration of dance, of music, and of life. Based upon the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s original production.


Well, that’s all for now! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the videos!

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