Dance: 'Tis the season for sugarplums, nutcrackers and yuletide parties — plus the touring Parsons Dance Company
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'Night Before Christmas'

Ballet Jeunesse and the Salt Lake Dance Center present "The Night Before Christmas," a tale of a young girl named Alexandria who has a Christmas party complete with gifts and entertainment. Visit arttix.org for information.

When • Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13-14, 7 p.m.,

Where • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $11; visit bit.ly/YMrzOh

Parsons brings its contemporary magic

The touring Parsons Dance Company blends athleticism and what promoters term "joyous movement."

When • Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City

Tickets • $20-$67; visit bit.ly/UEvA4q; information at ecclescenter.org or 435-655-3114

'The Nutcracker'

Ogden's Imagine Ballet Theatre presents its sixth annual performance of the holiday classic "The Nutcracker." Visit smithstix.com for information.

When • Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Where • Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden

Tickets • $12-$25; visit smithstix.com/events/item/root/ibt-the-nutcracker-dec-14-12