You need not go far to catch The Nutcracker this season. Students from dance companies in Port Richey and Tampa will perform this month at venues in west and east Pasco, providing a good opportunity to introduce the little ones to the theater and the art of dance while supporting up-and-coming local talent.
• America's Ballet School/DanzAmerica's Project Inc. of Tampa will offer a public performance of The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. Reserved seating, $20. Visit americas ballet.com/tickets.html or call the box office at (813) 794-8772.
• Expressions — The Dance Company of Port Richey will perform The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors ages 65 and up and $12 for children age 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at Port Richey Dance Time Studios at 6464 Ridge Road or may be booked by calling (727) 505-6211 or (727) 967-8226.