Nashville Ballet celebrates 10 years of ‘Nashville’s Nutcracker’

Celebrating 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker

Nashville Ballet is celebrating 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker December 2-23, 2017, at Andrew Jackson Hall. This production has all-new magical elements to mark the occasion! Since its world premiere in 2008, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s original spin on the classic has cemented its place as one of Music City’s most beloved holiday traditions.

Nashville Ballet premiered The Nutcracker in 1989, but the production was reinvented as Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2008. This show adds a unique concept incorporating Nashville’s vibrant past along with new choreography, sets, costumes and on-stage magic tricks. Now entering its 10th year, Nashville’s Nutcracker will debut additional elements to celebrate the milestone.

“I added a few surprises for this anniversary year as a special way of saying thank you to the community for making us a part of their holiday tradition,” Vasterling said. “For the first time, it’ll snow on the audience during the iconic snow scene. Another big addition is the debut of a new youth cast role, the Dancing Bear Cavalry, which allows us to welcome even more young dancers on stage with us.”


Along with 54 members of Nashville Ballet’s professional dance company and second company, Nashville’s Nutcracker will feature a youth cast of 296 young dancers from School of Nashville Ballet and the community—the largest youth cast in the organization’s history. The local dancers, along with 60 members of the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s celebrated score. This is sure to transport audiences into a holiday dreamland filled with clever nods to Music City’s sparkly past, including well-known landmarks and characters.


Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at