Bringing a little magic to the holiday season

About Neglia’s “The Nutcracker”

Neglia’s Nutcracker production has been recognized for its spectacular production value. “From the opening curtain’s rise to the dancer’s final bows, the much-talked-about production showcased a mix of tradition and wonder that few productions of the ballet achieve” (-The Buffalo News). The production has 136 roles, of which 85 are performed by children. There are over 400 costume pieces and over 100 props.

A family holiday tradition

Neglia Ballet’s magical production of The Nutcracker at Shea’s with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is set for December 6, 7 & 8, 2024. Reviewer Steve Sucato said the collaboration reinforces “that love affair with a magical production that excited the senses and warmed the hearts of audience members of all ages.” A cast of award-winning, international dance artists and local favorites bring the annual holiday tradition to life!

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All the Arts Access tickets have been claimed and the waitlist is full. Please check back in August 2024 for next season.

A limited number of complimentary VetTix tickets are available for Veterans. Click here for more info

Want to join us on stage? Click here to learn more about auditions for this year’s production of The Nutcracker.


If you have any questions about Nutcracker performances or auditions at Neglia, please don’t hesitate to email us at


Jessalyn (Age 9), Ballet 3 student – 2018


When I was four years old, I went to see the Nutcracker at Shea’s. During the Angels part I said to my mom, “I want to dance on that stage when I’m bigger.” Five years later I’m going to be dancing in the Nutcracker on that very stage. You helped me pursue my dreams! I thought I would have to be twenty-five, or even thirty years old until I could dance on that stage. You don’t even know how great and amazing this is to my family and I and we are very thankful.

Edward Bujanowski, Parent of Performer – 2018


What an amazing performance. Thank you, Neglia, for the opportunity to be part of the Nutcracker Family this year. It’s an experience she’ll always remember.

Rachel Thalman, Professional Dancer – 2018


Heidi and Sergio, the staff, and students and have built such a lovely welcoming community at Neglia Ballet. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with everyone at Neglia Ballet. I was very proud to be a part of their production of The Nutcracker.

Tracy Morgan, Parent of Performer – 2018


Thank you for giving Abby this opportunity [to perform in the Nutcracker]. It was truly an exciting and rewarding experience.