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City Ballet of San Diego starts its new season Nov. 12. Photo credit: Screen shot,

City Ballet of San Diego will expand its season to mark its milestone 30th anniversary, with productions of the holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker” and a salute to two legends.

The company will perform at theaters throughout the region, as renovations continue at its regular home, the Spreckels Theatre.

Dancers, under the direction of Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich, both former performers with the Boston Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. The season includes:

  • “From Balanchine to Martins,” celebrates masterworks by the father of American ballet, George Balanchine, and the famed New York City Ballet principal dancer, choreographer and artistic director Peter Martins. At the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego on Nov. 12-13, and the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, Nov. 17. The program includes the San Diego premiere of Balanchine’s “Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fee.”
  • “The Nutcracker,” which received the Tommy Award for the “Best Nutcracker” in San Diego, expands to five performances this season, at the California Center for the Arts from Dec. 21-23, accompanied by The City Ballet Orchestra with John Nettles conducting.  
  • “Inspiration in Motion,” by City Ballet Resident Choreographers Elizabeth Wistrich and Geoffrey Gonzalez, with favorites and new contemporary ballets, at the Conrad in La Jolla from March 17-19, and the California Center for the Arts on March 22.
  • “Romeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare’s classic tragic tale of star-crossed lovers, choreographed by Wistrich, closes the season at the California Center for the Arts, in a full-length production May 6-7.

Single tickets start at $29, with packages ranging from two to four shows. Subscriptions for the season include packages for both San Diego and North County. All tickets are on sale now.