Thanksgiving is over and Nutcracker Season begins for many dancers and dance companies. Student dancers, from tots to teens, have been readying their dance steps and costumes for the annual Nutcracker extravaganza. The International Academy of Dance, in Santa Cruz, California, presented, Nutcracker, Experience the Magic, on November 24-25, 2012 at the Crocker Theater of Cabrillo College.
It is magic to see young dancers, age 3 and up, joyfully participating in a lavish holiday ritual, with experienced dancers, teachers and parents, to entertain & captivate an audience. Miami City Ballet guest artists, Tricia Albertson and Didier Bramaz added sparkle to the afternoon, with their beautiful performances as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Artistic Director Shannon Cullem and Idance staff presented a polished and enjoyable Nutcracker.
Of special appeal to the audience were: The battle between the NutCracker Prince’s Soldier’s and the Rat Queen’s Mice; The Angels of Act 2; Mother Ginger and the Snaps escaping from under Mother’s skirts; and the bravura athleticism of the Russian dancers.
The Crocker Theater at Cabrillo College had good acoustics and a fine sound system which enhanced the Nutcracker and Tchaikovsky’s immortal music.
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