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The Chocolate Nutcracker Brings Soulful Dance to A Classic Holiday Ballet at The Dillard Center

On the weekend of December 16th - 18th, 2022, the Dillard Center for the Arts Dance Company, located at 2501 NW 11th. FTL 33311, presents its annual Chocolate Nutcracker, a soulful and creative approach to a holiday classic under the direction and choreography of Alina Guerrero-Peña. This winter classic will be performed by high school dancers of diverse backgrounds in race, culture and economic status. Although DCA incorporates its own innovative twist by exploring other forms of modern dance, the production does not stray far from the traditional interpretations of The Nutcracker Ballet, which is based on a story by E.T.A Hoffman, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King as well as Alexandre Dumas’ adaptation, The Tale of The Nutcracker.

The Chocolate Nutcracker will be performed by black and brown high school students who push the boundaries of traditional ballet. The concept of accessibility and diversity makes the Chocolate Nutcracker a unique experience enriched beyond the expected, providing students access and exposure to classical ballet dance. This annual performance is an effort to help Dillard students gain a competitive edge at the next level when preparing for conservatory, college or industry dance opportunities.

“We are thrilled to offer this amazing weekend of dance to the South Florida community performed by our talented pre-professional high school dancers. The Chocolate Nutcracker is an annual favorite and truly special because It’s warm, inclusive and sweet - just like real hot chocolate” commented Israel Charles, Artistic Director.


Friday, Dec 16th at 7:30pm

Saturday, Dec 17th at 7:30pm

Sunday, Dec 18th at 4:00pm

Tickets $15 adults and $10 children and students with identification

Tickets on sale at or call 754-322-0838

More on Dillard Center for the Arts Dance Department

The dance program at Dillard Center for The Arts provides excellent dance training in a creative art setting and offers students a broad range of experiences. All aspects of dance (technique, performance, choreography, history, and production) are experienced in their beautiful, modern facilities. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of dance-related activities including masterclasses, post-performance discussions, and professional dance concerts. All students are taught by full-time and visiting part-time specialists in dance.

By ML Staff. Image Courtesy of Dillard Center


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