DDC Nutcracker Carries on Holiday Tradition


On December 9 and 10, Diamond Dance Company and Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy (TADA) presented the 19th Annual “The Nutcracker” ballet at Milford High School. The ballet was the first full length ballet performed by the dance company and it was choreographed by Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith, the company’s founder and the namesake of the dance academy.

“This year’s performance took my breath away. I truly believe that it was the best production we have put on the stage to date,” said Aimee String, Assistant Director. “Our dancers are still young but they manage to rise to the occasion and raise the bar with every performance. The artistic staff could not be prouder.”

Olivia Caraballo, 12, shared the role of Clara, with Alayna DeBaca, 13. Olivia has been dancing for seven years, something she decided she wanted to pursue after seeing Swan Lake when she was three. Alayna has been dancing for nine years.

“The passion and dedication they have is so inspiring, Director Misty Yencer said. “Some of them have been with the company since they were four, five and six years old. Seeing them years later still involved and enjoying every moment is just so awesome, you can’t help but feel proud.”



Jillian Kerr danced as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Jillian, 14, says that she has always wanted to dance the role since she can remember and stated that the part is one that every little girl dreams of when they begin dancing. “The Sugar Plum Fairy appeals to me because she is regal, yet soft,” said Jillian. “I have been looking forward to this role ever since I started in DDC’s Nutcracker when I was six. I think The Nutcracker has become such a timeless classic because it has the ability to appeal to audiences of all ages. The magic of the story and beautiful set designs… bring everyone in the family together for a captivating show.”

“This was one of our strongest years yet,” said Assistant Director Bliss Soucek. “Diamond Dance Company continues to grow and I am so astonished by the depth of talent we have right here in Milford.”

In spring 2018 DDC will once again Bring their original ballet production The Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast to the stage for the second time. Performances are set for April 20 for local schools and April 21 for the public. To learn more information about auditions and how to get involved, families are encouraged to visit https://www.diamonddanceco.com.