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Contemporary dance and classical ballet combine in NYC Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker, A Contemporary Ballet, a one-hour, modern-day version of the holiday classic, will be presented in three shows this December at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.

The production—with story line, choreography, and direction by Tamara Saari and Nancy S. Smith and concept by Giada Ferrone—blends classical ballet with contemporary dance. Touches of theatrical drama include an aloof Marzipan Doll, a Gingerbread Toy yearning for love, and a breakdancing King Spider that battles the Nutcracker.

It will be performed December 18 at 8:00 p.m. and December 19 at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W. 60th Street, New York. Visit www.manhattanmovement.com for tickets. For information call 212.787.1178.

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