The Columbia Chamber Ballet, the performing company of Ballet with Cindee Velle, offers Nutcracker performances that are short (less than an hour) and geared for families. Besides the familiar scenes such as Clara's dreamy dance, a Mouse Queen riot, the dazzling Sugar Plum Fairy solo, and, of course, snowy variations, the costumes are pretty and the dancers well rehearsed. Based at the Long Reach Village Center, Columbia Chamber Ballet takes it productionon tour with seven shows beginning Nov. 27, at 4:15 p.m. at the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Two shows — a Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. performance at the Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, and a Dec. 20, 7 p.m., performance in the great room at Historic Savage Mil, 8600 Foundry St., Savage, will charge $10 a ticket with all proceeds donated to the Ellicott City Strong effort. For other dates,call 410-465-7674 or go to www.cindeevelleballet.com.