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DanceSocial ballroom Christmas dance
The Friday Night Dancers will host a Christmas dance, offering a performance by Danse Libre and plenty of opportunities for social dance. Dec. 4, 8 p.m.-midnight. $12. Cubberley Community Center, Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
DanceWestern Ballet: 'The Nutcracker'
Under the direction of Alex Zubiria, the Mountain View-based school and company of Western Ballet will give three performances of the classic holiday ballet, "The Nutcracker." Dec. 4, 7 p.m.; Dec. 5, 1 and 7 p.m. $30 adult; $27 student, senior; $25 child age 12 or under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
DancePalo Alto Ballet School: 'The Nutcracker Suite'
The Palo Alto Ballet School will present a production of "The Nutcracker Suite," a production based on E.T.A. Hoffman's fairy tale, choreographed by Ramon Moreno and featuring the school's students. Dec. 5, 8 p.m.; Dec. 6, 2 p.m. $25. Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale.
DanceDance Connection: 'The Nutcracker'
Dance Connection will offer the 17th annual production of "The Nutcracker," performed by its students. The family-friendly show will feature dancers from many local Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos schools. Dec. 4, 7 p.m.; Dec. 5, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 6, 3 p.m. $15-$27 online; tickets also available at the door. Gunn High School, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastadero Road, Palo Alto.
Dance'It's a Wonderful Nutcracker'
Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, Menlowe Ballet's "It's a Wonderful Nutcracker" will feature the original Tchaikovsky score while updating the work with inspiration from the classic holiday film by Frank Capra, "It's a Wonderful Life." Dec. 20, 2-4:30 p.m. $28-$55. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
DanceSocial ballroom dancing
Friday Night Dancers organizes ballroom dancing events each Friday and Saturday evening. Each event starts with a lesson, which is followed by general dancing. No experience or partner is necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Friday and Saturday, year-round, 8-11:45 p.m. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
DanceFor the Love of Dance classes
A family-owned studio, For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance to students, beginning at age 2 up through adults, from Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Visit the website to learn about specific offerings. October through June. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.