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Chicago’s acclaimed Joffrey Ballet was the first dance company to perform at the White House, at the invitation of first lady (and arts lover) Jackie Kennedy. It’s fitting, then, that the company brings its 25-year-old production of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” to the Kennedy Center for a limited run during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Joffrey’s version of this beloved holiday classic boasts Victorian scenery and costumes, a beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy and a heroic title character. The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Arlington Children’s Chorus perform the composer’s haunting score. The Joffrey has one of the most aggressive touring schedules of all dance companies in America, so catch these magnificent dancers before they leap away. Wednesday through Dec. 1 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. 800/444-1324. Web: kennedy-center.org.

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