The Miami Youth Ballet performs ETA Hoffman's "The Nutcracker," a little girl's dreamlike journey to a land full of sweets, the Sugarplum Fairy, costumed characters and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Miami Youth Ballet local dance students perform with professional guest artists for this annual production of The Nutcracker in collaboration with Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance. 8 p.m. Additional performance Dec. 3. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. $25-$35. Details: (786) 573-5300 or www.smdcac.org.