Festive December dance performances don’t have to involve sequined Rockettes and dainty Sugar Plum Fairies. How about, as an alternative, a celebration of Catalan folk tales, followed by a sombrero toss and live music by a jazz legend? Ballet Hispanico is the Kennedy Center’s non-Nutcracker offering this December, and it’s a good one. The program opens with “Jardí Tancat,” a folk tale suite by the Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato. The 1984 classic will be followed by two works commissioned in 2013: “Sombrerísimo,” choreographed by the always lively Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and “Sortijas,” a new work by the Spanish wunderkind Cayetano Soto. The evening culminates with Ballet Hispanico director Eduardo Vilaro’s “Danzón,” last seen locally when Vilaro’s former company, Luna Negra Dance Theater, brought this rousing Havana nightclub party dance to Strathmore. Clarinet legend Paquito D’Rivera will scat onstage, playing original tunes and works by Dizzy Gillespie alongside the dancers. Is it holiday-themed? No. But is it festive? Hell yes. Ballet Hispanico performs Dec. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $22–$60. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.