December 14, 2022

One-Hour “Nutcracker” Is Geared to Families

“NUTCRACKER,” FAMILY STYLE: The New Jersey Dance Connection presents its version, geared to all ages, of “The Nutcracker Ballet” December 16-18 at Kelsey Theatre. (Photo courtesy of The Dance Connection)

Theatregoers of all ages are the target audience for The Dance Connection’s family version of The Nutcracker Ballet December 16-18 at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor.

This one-hour long ballet is set in 19th century Europe to the score by Tchaikovsky. Fully narrated and abridged, the ballet features dolls and sweets coming to life, mice, toy soldiers, and snowflakes.

The Nutcracker at Kelsey Theatre is a beloved annual event for so many families in the area,” said Kitty Getlik, artistic director for Kelsey Theatre. “This abridged version performed by The Dance Connection is a delightful and timeless story and simply a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season.”

The Dance Connection, with locations in West Windsor and Hillsborough, is a community of Central New Jersey teachers, parents, and students who appreciate all the possibilities that open up for a child when they study dance.

Shows are Friday, December 16 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18 at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students, senior citizens, and children. Visit