THIRD LIFE STUDIO CHOREOGRAPHER SERIES If you’re looking for some dance action beyond the relentless slew of holiday offerings, this one-night-only event curated by Kelley Donovan could be just the ticket, bringing together a mixed slate of artists, including the Impact Dance Company, Kate Nies Brigham, among others. Dec. 13. $15 in advance ($20 at the door), $12 seniors/students. Third Life Studio, Somerville. 617-388-3247, www.brownpapertickets.com
12 DANCERS DANCING . . . A CHRISTMAS IN CAMBRIDGE Honey Blonder’s lively, offbeat holiday dance celebration always brings together an intriguing mix of performers. This year’s fest includes Rainbow Tribe, Intimations Dance, Boston Community Dance Project, Derrick Davis, Disco Brats, and Impact Dance Company. Dec. 13-15. $20. $12 seniors and children. The Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.honeyblonderdance.com
THE NUTCRACKER Boston Dance Company, under the direction of James Reardon, boasts a colorful production of the perennial favorite that hearkens back to the original choreography of Boston Ballet founder E. Virginia Williams. Dec. 11-12, Strand Theatre, Dorchester. $25, $18 seniors and children 12 and under. 617-491-8615, www.bostondancecompany.net
WHAT THE DICKENS! Cambridge Youth Dance Program transforms “A Christmas Carol” into an hourlong multistyle dance production about a female corporate miser named Ebeneeza. Guest performers include the street dance duo of Billy and Bobby McClain (“The Wondertwins”).
Dec. 13-15. $30, $25 seniors and students. Boston University Dance Theater. 617-497-1448, www.cydp.org