Escondido, CA

‘The Nutcracker’ invades Center for the Arts

A horde of ballerinas will descend on California Center for the Arts, Escondido this weekend in a frenzy of holiday dance celebration of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

Two full companies, accompanied by dancing school proteges, will take the stage five times over the weekend. The West Coast Ballet Theatre in association with San Elijo Dance and Music Academy will bring more than 200 dancers, along with San Francisco Ballet performers, to the Concert Stage.

The West Coast dancers will perform 1 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday and at 7 p.m. on Saturday on the Concert Stage.

Ballerinas from the Del Mar Ballet will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Center Theatre.

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