DEC. 5-6 – ATTACK THEATRE. This year the Attackers have concocted a Winter Festival. If you haven’t seen Holiday Unwrapped, a dance present in itself, there’s an adult version Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and a children’s version, complete with extra added activities on Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In between the performances Saturday between noon and 2, there will be plenty of holiday games. ($15 General Admission, $10 Students, Teachers, Seniors, $5 Children) The Festival will conclude with Holiday Hijinks and Revue at 7 on Saturday, an Attack spin on a classic holiday party with games, performances, light holiday fare and a Yuengling Family of Beers tasting. ($15 General Admission, 21 and over only.) All performances at Pittsburgh Opera in the Strip District, 25th and Liberty. Click on Winterfest or call 412-281-3305.
DEC. 5-7 – PITTSBURGH YOUTH BALLET COMPANY. It’s an all-student company (with guest artists and real adults for the party scene), hundreds in all, to bring “The Nutcracker” to life. There’s a highlight here — the George Balanchine Snow Scene. Upper St. Clair Theater, Fri. and Sat. at 7, Sunday at 2. Tickets: $20 – 25. Click on PYBC.
DEC. 5-14 – CONSERVATORY DANCE THEATER. Point Park University’s dance company offers an encore performance of Nicolas Petrov’s Romeo and Juliet. This was the American premiere of a Russian classic, created 40 years ago. Pittsburgh Playhouse. Tickets: $18-20; click on R&J.
DEC. 5-28 – PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE. What else? It’s time for Terrence Orr’s annual production of The Nutcracker, full of Pittsburgh history and resplendent with lavish sets and costumes. Benedum Center, times vary. Click on Nut.
DEC. 12 – JENNIFER MYERS. Part of the New Hazlett Theater’s CSA Performance Series, Jennifer is taking 6 performances originally created for public spaces and consolidating them into one performance at the Hazlett in 6 acts. Called TRANSLATIONS, it will feature Mimi Jong as The Musician, Jil Stifle and Jasmine Hearn as The Extinction, Gia Cacalano as The Woman Dancing, Anqwenique Wingfield as Witness #2, Ricardo Iamuuri as The Weater and more. See it all come together at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Click on New Hazlett.
DEC. 13 – SECOND SATURDAY. The Pillow Project closes out the year with another evening-long improvisation featuring dancers, artists and musicians. Come and share a genuinely jazzed spirit! The Space Upstairs, 8-midnight. Tickets: $10 suggested, at the door.
DEC. 16 – THE ROYAL BALLET. Fathom Events presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and performed by The Royal Ballet — a real treat for the holiday season. It’s robust family fare, with magical technology abounding for not only The March Hare but the production at large. Ballet aficionados can look for sly twists, like a parody of The Sleeping Beauty’s Rose Adagio and jam tarts instead of Roses. Cinemark Monroeville Mall and XD, 7 p.m. Tickets: Adult, $18; Students/Seniors $17; Children $16. Click on Alice.
DEC. 18-JAN. 11 – FIREWALL DANCE THEATER. The resident dance company at off the WALL Theater in Carnegie comes up with its own take on the holidays, UPROAR, an alternative view of the creative process, where the audience gets to follow the heroine through her ups and downs, creative block and rejected ideas. We assume there is a happy ending to it all! Dec. 18 @ 8 p.m.; Dec. 20, 27, Jan. 10 @ 3 p.m.; Dec. 21, 28, 31, Jan. 4, 11 @ 7 p.m.; Jan. 3@ 4 p.m.. Tickets: General Admission, $25; Under 30/Over 60, $20; Group 10 and Over, $10; Student, $5. Click on Firewall.
DEC. 19 – PEARLARTS STUDIOS! SHARE. Staycee and Herman Pearl are sponsoring a Salon: PlayDate at the their home on 201 North Braddock Avenue. For $5 (or bring a covered dish), share performance, art, food, drink and good conversation with them and some of their favorite artists. 7:30 p.m.
DEC. 21 – BOLSHOI BALLET. The Bolshoi brings back its giant production of The Nutcracker on screen. Presented live. 1:55 p.m. Cinemark Monroeville Mall 12 and XD and Cinemark Robinson Township. Click on Nut.
DEC. 31 – FIRST NIGHT PITTSBURGH. Celebrate the New Year with an array of performances. Dance events include: Attack Theatre, August Wilson Center, 8:30-9:15, 9:45-10:30; Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, 6:45-7:15 p.m.; Silk Screen Asian Arts, August Wilson Center, 6-11 p.m.; Ballroom Lessons, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 7:30-11 p.m.; Knot Dance, Verve Studio, 7:30-11 p.m. Buttons: Advance $8, Door $10, Kids under 5 FREE. Click on First Night.