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Last-Chance Nutcrackers 

The dancing candy canes and Sugar Plum fairies continue their lively occupation of the Old Pueblo. Nutcracker season is not over yet, not by a long shot. Make that not by a toe shoe.

Two local studios make their moves this weekend. Ballet Rincon goes on at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, and 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Santa Rita High School Auditorium, 3951 S. Pantano Road; $8 to $14; 574-3040. A Time to Dance takes time to dance at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, and 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd.; $8 advance; $10 at door; 272-3400.

The Kirov's Nutcracker, a filmed version out of Russia, stars the Kirov Ballet dancing in St. Petersburg's Maryinsky Theater, where the first Nutcracker was staged in 1892. The 90-minute film screens at noon, Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.; $15; $10 for members; 322-5638.

Live Russians from the Moscow Ballet take over the Fox for a one-night-only performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker. The dancers are doing a whistlestop tour of the West; 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21, Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $27.50 to $67.50; 547-3040; www.nutcracker.com.

Tucson's only pro company, Ballet Tucson, tries out the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall, opening on Christmas Eve and dancing through the holiday weekend. This largest of the local productions has 130 dancers—including the paid pros and squads of Tucson kids and teens—dancing a classical Victorian version. The Ballet Tucson Orchestra, led by Cal Stewart Kellogg, of Arizona Opera, delivers Tchaikovsky's beloved score live. Curtain is at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26; and 1 and 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 27. At the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; general $27 to $55; students/children/seniors $22 to $42; ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.

Finally, the newest local company, Dancing in the Streets Arizona, performs a Spanish-accented Baile de los Cascanueces to live music by the Civic Orchestra of Tucson. Dancers age 3 to adult train in the troupe's southside studio; at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 26, and Sunday, Dec. 27, at Pima Community College West Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road; $10 in advance, $12 at the door; kids 5 and under free; 206-6986.

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