North Carolina Dance Theatre presents performances of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's Nutcracker for six days at Belk Theater. This imaginative holiday tale about a young girl and her living nutcracker doll, who embark together on an exciting journey to the "Land of Snow" and "Land of Sweets," is filled with excitement. Add fancy footwork to the mix, and you've got a must-see show. For more information, visit www.ncdance.org. $15-$69. Dec. 13, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Dec. 19, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Dec. 20, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.