To Our Valued Supporters:

The Dance-Along Nutcracker has been a San Francisco institution since 1985, and so many Bay Area families have made it a family tradition to celebrate the holiday season with Clara, Fritz, and the entire San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. The show is a labor of love for everyone involved, from our Band musicians to all of the actors, writers, choreographers, prop makers, costume designers, technical team, and volunteers who help make the show sparkle each December.

The Band recently made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Dance-Along Nutcracker. We had hoped to be able to present an all-new Dance-Along Nutcracker this December, but our family-friendly audience-participatory show clashed with the ongoing realities of the Covid-19 pandemic.

After a difficult two years, we had hoped to be able to ring in the holidays with our amazing audience. Instead we will look towards December 2022 for the triumphant return of the Dance-Along Nutcracker as the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band carefully starts to return to in-person performances.

Just this past September, the Band presented its first in-person concert in over 20 months outdoors at the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse. On December 11th, the Band will present our first indoor concert since the beginning of the pandemic, Winter Postcards, featuring stunning winter holiday compositions from around the world. We cordially invite you to join us and look forward to seeing you there! You can learn more about the concert here.

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you in a tutu in December 2022 for Clara and Fritz’s next wacky Dance-Along Nutcracker adventure!


Andrea Nguyen Julie Williamson
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

2020 Virtual Show Archive

A production of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

All Aboard! Next Stop: Your Living Room

The Dance-Along Nutcracker went virtual!

Disappointed that they couldn’t travel to visit their favorite uncle for the holidays in 2020, Clara and Fritz dreamt up their own adventures on board The Nutcracker Express! 2020’s virtual show added all new performances from the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and several extra special guests.

Due to licensing reasons, we are unable to post the entire show livestream, but please enjoy a playlist below with new performances that were included in the show or watch it directly on YouTube.

Click here to download a program with more information about the full show with credits.

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Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Dance-Along Nutcracker is on hiatus. The rest of the site below describes our annual in-person show, expected to return in 2022.

What is Dance-Along Nutcracker?

Dance-Along Nutcracker is a holiday experience unlike anything else!

Each year, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band blends Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker ballet with an entertaining theme. The result is a fun-filled original musical production brimming with wit, artistry and ingenuity. The talented cast sings and dances their way through a parody version of the Nutcracker. And when the “Dance Along!” sign flashes, the audience is invited to put on their tutus and sashay along with the cast. Even audience members who don’t want to dance have a blast!

Trumpet section in costume as the Weasley family from 2018’s Dance-Along Nutcracker
Clara and Fritz discuss all the exciting things they'll learn at Fogwarts Academy from 2018’s Dance-Along Nutcracker


Don’t just take our word for it, see what others are saying about the show!

Inspired foolishness, tomfoolery on a grand and witty scale!

C.W. NeviusSan Francisco Chronicle

One of the city’s most delightfully idiosyncratic events.

Wall Street Journal

I’m gonna tell my friends that I went to the Nutcracker and it’s not embarrassing at all to wear a tutu as a boy!

Dance-Along Nutcracker Attendee7-years old

Oh my God – it’s the best thing in the world! It’s the best holiday event there is!

Dance-Along Nutcracker Attendee since 1998

Beautifully unexpected and witty!

Dance-Along Nutcracker Attendee

Thank you for an amazing afternoon and a new family tradition.

Dance-Along Nutcracker® Attendee

It’s fun, it’s affordable and it’s uniquely San Francisco. This isn’t your grandma’s stuffy old Nutcracker…

Traci VaughnMilk + Fog

New to Dance-Along Nutcracker?

Here’s What to Expect…

Music treble clef
Live music from the classic Nutcracker Suite, plus many more fun tunes performed by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band!
Theatre masks laughing and crying
An original musical theatre show performed by a talented cast of actors and dancers, featuring parody songs from famous musicals!
Silhouettes of people dancing holding hands
A chance to be part of the show when you put on your tutu and pirouette under the mirror ball to Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker ballet!
A family sits in the front row watching the Dance-Along Nutcracker actors perform

For Families


It’s the perfect first live-music concert, especially for those kids who might not be able to sit still through a traditional Nutcracker ballet performance.

For Adults


It’s the best way to feel like a kid again, as you tug on a tutu and twirl to the ‘Waltz of the Flowers’, or just people-watch!

Adults wearing tutus are having fun at the Dance-Along Nutcracker
Adults wearing tutus are having fun at the Dance-Along Nutcracker

For Adults


It’s the best way to feel like a kid again, as you tug on a tutu and twirl to the ‘Waltz of the Flowers’, or just people-watch!

Audience members of all ages dancing to the Nutcracker Suite ballet music

For Everyone


It’s a fun and uniquely San Francisco way to ring in the holiday season with friends and family!

Show History

This zany San Francisco holiday tradition started in 1985 as a fundraiser to support the LGBTQ+ community and has evolved into the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band’s signature event!

Concocted in the spirit of the “Sing-It Yourself Messiah” by Wayne Fleisher, director of the SF Tap Troupe, and first directed by the Band’s conductor, Jay Kast, Dance-Along Nutcracker has been featured in national media, including NPR’s All Things Considered, The Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and many more!

Dance-Along Nutcracker truly exemplifies the mission of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band: to promote LGBTQ+ visibility and build bridges among communities through public performance.

Below, you’ll find a photo gallery showcasing Dance-Along Nutcracker program covers spanning all the way back to the first show in 1985! You can find full PDF programs on the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band’s Program Archive page.