DDC’s Nutcracker Princess

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Experience all the magic of the holiday classic with original costume
designs, dazzling scenery and a host of characters as the Downtown Dance Conservatory presents “The Nutcracker Princess.”

Public performances are set for November 23rd at 7 p.m. and November 24th at 2 p.m. at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center.

Tickets range from $17 to $23, and are available at or at the door.
Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” is one of the most widely performed ballet and musical scores in the world. DDC Artistic Director Linze Rickles McRae has taken inspiration from the original Marius Petipa choreography and story from E.T.A Hoffman by adding a Russian flair with an interesting twist on the origins and culture of the Nutcracker tradition.

Housed in the Hardin Center, the DDC has been the heart of the local classical ballet community for more than 16 years. The organization has collaborated, staged and hosted many Nutcracker productions. Its collaboration of “Le Casse Noix Moderne: The Modern Nutcracker” with the Etowah Youth Orchestras made two-year run, including a sellout production in New York. The production also was nominated for the Goldstar Nutcracker Award as one of the top 50 most original Nutcrackers in the U.S. The DDC also hosted, auditioned and staged the “Great Russian Nutcracker” for two seasons with the internationally recognized Moscow Ballet.

“The community agreed that with the quality of ballet students we are able to present, we could produce our own locally grown ‘Nutcracker’ with all the magic and glamour of the larger productions performed around the country,” McRae said.

Dancers ages 7 to 12 from across the audition for the community youth cast each year. Those dancers perform alongside the upper school and principal soloists of the DDC.