The sparkling magic of the season comes to life in Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s enchanting version of The Nutcracker. Highlighted by Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score, the irresistible story of young Clara, a special gift and her fanciful dream to a world of sugary confections has charmed generations. Dance Theatre of Tennessee brings this endearing holiday classic to a city near you! In line with its mission of bringing ballet to the people, Dance Theatre of Tennessee brings “The Nutcracker” to five cities in four Middle Tennessee counties – Davidson, Montgomery, Rutherford and DeKalb.

Dance Theatre of Tennessee, is Middle Tennessee’s latest and most exciting professional dance organization. Led by Artistic Director/Founder and longtime Nashville Premier Principal Dancer Christopher Mohnani, the Nutcracker is a narrated version of the full-length ballet The Nutcracker. It provides an opportunity for the community to usher the holiday season in a more relatable, accessible and affordable way. It also provides the local youth in each county an opportunity to perform and participate and start a holiday tradition they can call their own.  After a successful performance and premiere in several counties the last three years, where the buzz and response from the community were very overwhelming, DTT is bringing this production back to several cities as its way of offering the community their own holiday tradition.

Back as well this year is the addition of four-footed performers in the production.  Dance Theatre of Tennessee is partnering with several Middle Tennessee area dog agencies to present an adorable adoptable dog on stage in the opening scene of the Nutcracker.

DTT’s touring will also have a surprise celebrity appearance in the role of the Mother Ginger in select performances. In addition, young audience members are invited to come and partake on a Nutcracker story time at the lobby during the afternoon performances and have their pictures taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy.  

“Part of our mission in bringing the beauty of ballet and the magic of dance to the people is providing access to professional and high quality productions to cities and communities where they would otherwise not have the opportunity,” shares Artistic Director Christopher Mohnani.  DTT’s touring Nutcracker is presented in partnership with Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund and is presented in part by Metro Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Tickets are available by visiting  Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets purchased in advance online will be able to sit in the reserved section in the first five rows of the theatre. Any tickets purchased at the door will be seated first come-first served seating in the general admission area. For more information, please visit,, or call us at 615-391-5500.

The 2013 Nutcracker tour schedules are as follows:


November 22, Friday, 7:00pm
November 23, Saturday, 7:00pm

Springhouse Theater 14119 Old Nashville Hwy. Smyrna, TN 37167



November 29, Friday, 7:00pm 
November 30, Saturday, 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Ensworth HS Auditorium
7401 Hway 100, Nashville, TN 37221



December 7, Saturday, 2:00pm
 December 7, Saturday, 7:00pm

Clement Auditorium – Austin Peay University
601 College Street, Clarksville, TN 37044



December 14, Saturday, 7:00pm 
December 15, Sunday, 2:00pm

Tucker Theater – MTSU
MTSU Campus, Murfreesboro TN 37130



December 21, Saturday, 2:00pm

Smithville Performing Arts Center
712 S. Congress Blvd., Smithville, TN 37166


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