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Each December, The School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet co-host the Nutcracker Family Benefit. This family event begins with a matinee performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ followed by a festive holiday party on the Promenade. The ballet performance features dozens of young students from the School who, along with the adult cast members, join party goers to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Photos by Mary Hilliard.