Photo by Chris Conroy

Photo by Chris Conroy

The San Jose Nutcracker

December 13-24, 2019 at the Hammer Theatre

Sold out runs every season make this production San Jose’s favorite holiday ballet!

The San Jose Nutcracker is a classical holiday ballet unique to our home town. Presented in partnership with History San Jose, it tells the well-loved story of Clara and the Nutcracker, while featuring historical references to the heritage that has made Santa Clara Valley the center of innovation it is today. The New Ballet Orchestra, a professional orchestra led by New Ballet Conductor Thomas Shoebotham accompanies performances of The San Jose Nutcracker. Tickets start at just $22.50.

Choreography: Dalia Rawson
Music: Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

Also featuring My Very First Nutcracker, a special 45 minute performance for our youngest audiences with reduced prices. My Very First Nutcracker does not tell the entire Nutcracker story, and introduces Clara, her family, the Nutcracker and the Nutcracker Prince, the comic toy battle with Mousima, the Snow Queen and the Land of Snow.


My Very First Nutcracker

December 13-24 at the Hammer Theatre

My Very First Nutcracker is a special one hour classical ballet presentation of The San Jose Nutcracker suitable for our youngest audiences, including children and toddlers of all ages.

My Very First Nutcracker features the first act of The San Jose Nutcracker, including a festive holiday party hosted by young Clara, her brother Fritz, and their family in San Jose at the turn of the last century. Meet fascinating Uncle Nikola and his electric gifts, including electric lighting for the home, an arc lamp, and a large electric coil that rivals the power of lightning itself. Marvel at a replica of the historic San Jose Light Tower which magically grows to rise above the streets of San Jose. Cheer on adorable mice and toy soldiers who compete to win a magic crown. Be enchanted by a winter wonderland presided over by the Queen of Snow. Introduce your family to the magic of classical ballet!

Featuring The New Ballet Studio Company and students from The New Ballet School, The San Jose Nutcracker will feature a recording of the traditional score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Photo by Daniel Garcia

Photo by Daniel Garcia

Fast Forward

March 28, 2020 at the Hammer Theatre

Jump ahead with this thrilling program of new contemporary ballet. Cutting edge choreography pushes the envelope of classical ballet performance, exciting audiences and inspiring dancers to push beyond their comfort zone.

Photo by Chris Conroy

Photo by Chris Conroy

Spring Story Ballet: Swan Lake

May 16-17, 2020 at the Hammer Theatre

Perhaps the most recognized ballet of all time, Swan Lake makes its highly-anticipated return to New Ballet after stunning audiences in 2017. This immortal love story presents a wicked sorcerer who captures the beautiful Princess Odette and turns her into a swan. His evil spell can only be broken when a young prince pledges his love and marries her. Should he betray her, she will remain a swan forever.

Choreography: Dalia Rawson after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Music: Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

My Very First Ballet: Swan Lake


MY VERY FIRST BALLET: SWAN LAKE, with reduced ticket prices and a run time of shortly under an hour, perfect for families with toddlers or young children. My Very First Ballet: Swan Lake introduces the swans, Odette, and the Prince at the enchanted lake, but does not tell the entire Swan Lake story.