Miami City Ballet presents George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" through Dec. 15. Friday through Sunday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theater, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets range from $19.50 - $59.90. Details: (305) 929-7000.
A JAZZY CLASSIC
Momentum Dance Company will perform "Hot and Spicy - Duke Ellington's Nutcracker", a jazzy update of the Christmas classic as part of their Jazz for the Holidays concert program. 8 p.m. at the Miami Shores Performing Arts Theater, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Tickets $17 in advance; $20 at door. Details: (305) 858-7002.
Cuban Pete and Barbara Craddock host the return of Mambo Mania, a hip Miami event that celebrates this sultry dance. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at the outdoor 73rd Street Bandshell in North Beach, 73rd Street and Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Admission $5. Details: (305) 865-4147.