After receiving the gift of a magical Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, Kara drifts off to a happy sleep and begins her fantastic journey when the Nutcracker comes alive. (see video clip below from 2014 performance)
Places Kara and the Nutcracker explore include a hip hop Candy Cane Lane—perhaps one the most memorable highlights were the hip-hop male dancers all dressed in red from 3 feet tall and up in Candy Cane Lane. In true Debbie Allen form they rhythmically danced up a storm! (see video clip below from the 2010 performance) Not to be outdone, in exotic Bollywood the female dancers also dressed in red clear silk in the far off land of the Indian Rainforest were exceptional having mastered the art of soulful belly dancing with latent combinations of pirouettes!. There is mystical Egypt, a dazzling Jazzland and a new South Pole surprise. All of the dancing was outstanding from the classical, jazz and hip-hop this was an extraordinary event and well worth seeing again.
Three Wise Mice
Their adventure is guided by three wisecracking mice: Harvey, Schmink and Buckey (played by Allen). In addition to Allen, Raven-Symoné stars as Mouse Queen Myrtle. The dance performers are students from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. The original score from the critically-acclaimed production play was made possible through musical contributions from Mariah Carey,Arturo Sandoval, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, James Ingram and Thump.
The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker aired last Sunday, Dec. 7th on BET. The production can also be seen by the public at UCLA’s Royce Hall 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 12th, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13th & 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 14th. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and the UCLA box office. Hot Chocolate Nutcracker – Site & Tickets
Kara & the Prince (Nutcracker) on a mystical journey
Mystical Fantasy Journey to Egypt
The Debbie Allen Dance Academy
This is the one gala of the year that gives the Debbie Allen Dance Academy the chance to receive charitable donations for the upcoming year. Ms. Allen, said that she could not have done this show without the help of her supporters to name a few: The Gil Cates Family, Walls Annenberg, The David Geffen Foundation, Jeff & Audra Nathanson, La Tanya & Samuel L Jackson, Will & Jada Pinkette Smith, Denzel Washington, Phylicia Rashad (her sister),General Motors-Cadillac, Target, Berry Gordy, Norm Nixon (her husband). and her motherMrs. Vivian Ayers. Debbie Allen Dance Academy – Website
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