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A scene from the New York Dance Theatre's 'The Nutcracker.' Photo from Frank Ohman.

New York Dance Theatre, under the direction of former New York City Ballet soloist Frank Ohman, will present its 35th season of “The Nutcracker” at Hofstra University, 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead, on Dec. 17 and 18 at noon and 5 p.m. on both days.

With the elegant Christmas party scene, the battle of the toy soldiers and giant mice, the live snow storm and the brilliant dancing in the Land of the Sweets, “The Nutcracker” will appeal to all ages. Special guest artists Alicia Holloway and DaVon Doane of the Dance Theatre of Harlem will appear as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier. Philip Leclose, who performed the role of the young Prince for two consecutive years at Lincoln Center, will appear in that same role in Ohman’s 2016 production. In all, a cast of 80 children, pre-professional and professional dancers will bring this classic story ballet to life on the stage of Hofstra’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse.

Tickets for this full production ballet are $42 adults, $32 seniors and children 12 and under and may be purchased online at www.ohmanballet.org or by calling 631-462-0964.