DE Dance Alliance & DE Ballet To Host Dinner Theatre

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The Delaware Dance Alliance and Delaware Ballet will partner to offer performances inspired by the big band era along with comical, classical dance entertainment. The show will be held at the Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Avenue, Milford, DE, on November 10th at 7pm, offering light fare, beverages and a cash bar during the show.

Delaware Ballet will be presenting a classical, humorous piece choreographed by Pennsylvania Ballet’s, Meredith Rainey, followed by various styles of choreography done by Delaware Ballet’s Associate Artistic Director, Brittany Faulkingham. Delaware Ballet, a non-profit dance company, has been Delaware’s residential company for over 30 years now under the direction of Artistic Director, Dan Kaiser, former soloist of Pennsylvania Ballet.

The Delaware Dance Alliance, which has performed “Twilight Ballet” and “Pirates of the Caribbean Ballet” the past two springs at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, will be presenting The Nutcracker Suite, as arranged by Duke Ellington. In this version, Clara is celebrating her birthday with friends as they run into some lads on their way for a night on the town. The merry group goes to a 1940’s cabaret, where they are entertained by some amazing performers including Chinoiserie, Arabesque Cookie, Toot Toot Tootie, and Sugar Rum Cherry.

“We really wanted to do something different for the Milford community,” commented Michele Xiques, Director of Delaware Dance Alliance. “There are a lot of performances of The Nutcracker across the state and I wanted to offer a dinner theatre that highlights the experience of the performance.”

Artistic Director, Michele Xiques, has choreographed this new show drawing from classical ballet, traditional jazz, swing, and a few fun twists. She pulls from her experiences as a professional performer to offer a wonderful blend of influences in dance styles.

“It is always interesting to me to see who is cast as which characters,” commented Xiques. “A dancer can transform so much in just a year’s time and the individual personality each dancer brings to each character is exciting.”

Tickets for the dinner theater on November 10th at 7pm are $20 a person in advance, or $25 at the door. Individuals are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time in order to accommodate the event with enough food. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Milford Senior Center, at First State Academy of Dance, 107 Maple Avenue in Milford or online with a credit card through www.brownpapertickets.com (search by typing in Jazz Nutcracker.)

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