Nutcracker

Chris Blakeley / Courtesy of Land of the Sweets

This is the time of year for many dance and theater groups to make money with big productions of “The Nutcracker” … and in Seattle you can see the show with a twist: a “sexy, but not too sexy” burlesque.

Chris Bennion / ACT

There's about 180 roles in Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker. There’s also some engaging props like a Christmas tree that grows right before your eyes, and one enormous rat with a twitching tale.

But the snow scene – the first time Clara dances with her Nutcracker-turned Prince is the sight to behold.

The couple dance in the moonlight, surrounded by ballerina snowflakes dressed in pale blue skirts. A dusting of snow falls throughout the scene.