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The Nutcracker dances and leaps while holding a sword
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Presents

Sensory-Friendly: The Nutcracker

Dec 17, 2021

1 Hour 45 Minutes


Our sensory-friendly performances feature a supportive, judgment-free environment. This performance is great for all families, especially for children with an autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivity, and other special needs. Adaptations to our sensory-friendly performances include pre-concert materials, dimmed house lights, lower sound levels, elimination of startling special effects and lighting, designated quiet areas, and trained and informed dancers, staff, ushers, and other volunteers to ensure a memorable experience for you and your family.

Join little Clara as she drifts into restless slumber amidst tiny tin soldiers and menacing rodents, floats dreamily among the snowflakes, and is escorted to the Land of Sweets, where she meets the sparkling Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. The cast of Dayton Ballet’s The Nutcracker includes the full professional Dayton Ballet company, dancers from Dayton Ballet II and the Dayton Ballet School, and children from the Dayton area. Dayton Ballet invites you to Dayton’s biggest and best holiday performance arts tradition!


For detailed accessibility information, including seating, audio, and sign interpretation please visit our Accessibility page.


The Arts Garage, on the northwest corner of Second and Ludlow Streets, open for all performances at the Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre, and PNC Arts Annex. The Arts Garage is owned and operated by Dayton Live, so parking there actually helps support the arts venues used by all our great arts organizations. For more parking information, visit our Directions & Parking page.

Ticket Information

Dayton Live is the only outlet authorized to sell tickets to events at the Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre, PNC Arts Annex, and The Loft Theatre. To learn more about Season Tickets, gift certificates, and Ticket Office hours, call 937-228-3630 or visit

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The Nutcracker dances and leaps while holding a sword


Dec 17, 2:00PM
Dec 17