Dallas Black Dance Academy presents Espresso Nutcracker
Dallas Black Dance Academy will present its second annual Espresso Nutcracker, a new twist on a holiday tradition and the only Nutcracker of color in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The performance is jazz-influenced by the music of Duke Ellington’s "Nutcracker Suite."
DBD Academy Director Katricia Eaglin, assisted by academy instructors of the Pre Pro Division, will lead levels 1-4 students who will perform in the production choreographed Espresso Nutcracker. Eaglin was inspired to use the traditional Tchaikovsky music along with tracks from Duke Ellington’s "Nutcracker Suite," selecting Ellington tracks that were still recognizable to the original work. She included narration to the performance to unlock the mystery and magic for parts of the storyline. Eaglin also added an African dance to the Land of Sweets act that includes Spanish, Arabian, Chinese and Russian dances.