A company known for its annual “Nutcracker” performance is breaking tradition and dancing only excerpts from the holiday ballet while not straying far from the story.
Media City Ballet of Los Angeles will integrate five companies that feature different ethnic styles of dance into the show “A World of Holiday Dance” on Tuesday night at the Alex Theatre.
The theme mirrors Clara’s visit to the Land of the Sweets in the holiday tale, said Artistic Director Natasha Middleton.
“I like the idea of bringing the different cultures together because there is a cultural influence in ‘The Nutcracker,’” Middleton said. “When Clara goes to the Land of the Sweets, she’s entertained by the Russian dancers, the Arabian dancers, Chinese dancers and usually the Spanish as well.”