Delaware Dance Announces Holiday Perfromance


Jazz-Nutcracker-CastStaff Report

This holiday season the Milford community is in for a real treat. Students of Delaware Dance Alliance (DDA), will perform a variety of flicks, kicks, pirouettes, jumps and fun entertainment in this highly innovative adaption of the beloved ballet, The Nutcracker. Artistic director, Michele Xiques choreographed this delightful, intriguing rendition of the production that incorporates the arts of ballet and jazz into Clara’s fantastical dream with Duke Ellington’s score.

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.”

The Jazz Nutcracker is graced with all of the fanciful characters in the original classic, but the roles are changed and a few surprise guests arrive along the way. This engaging local production includes a variety of twists and turns and wonderful surprises as Clara, her father and friends travel through a whimsical journey filled with drama, suspense, laughter, fun and of course dancing.

Delaware Dance Alliance is excited to combine efforts with The Smooth Sound Band, a non-for profit organization directed by Tony Perrone, to perform a dinner theatre at the Milford Senior Center. The first part of the evening will feature live music from The Smooth Sound Band during the dinner portion of the night as the second part will be DDA’s production of the Jazz Nutcracker while guests enjoy dessert. There will be a cash bar available throughout the shows.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to support the local arts and enjoy a special holiday production in your own hometown. The performance is Saturday, November 23 at Milford’s Senior Center Hall, at 6:30pm. Tickets are $30 in advance, until November 19 or $40 at the door. Price includes performance and an Italian dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the First State Academy of Dance, at 107 Maple Avenue in downtown Milford. For more information individuals are encouraged to call 302-422-2633, Monday through Thursday 5:30-7:30 or visit DDA online at