Tiffany’s Dance Academy and ConDanza will host their 11th annual Nutcracker on December 15th and 16th. A stunning 400 dancers will participate during the three shows at the Chabot College Performing Arts Theatre in Hayward, CA. The performers from Tiffany’s Dance Academy are aged 5-18 and they will be supported by professional dancers from ConDanza in the lead roles. The shows take place on Friday, December 15th at 7:00 pm and on December 16th at 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm and will be directed by César Degollado.
The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the German folktale in which young Clara Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, a Nutcracker given to her by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, comes alive. After defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, the Nutcracker Prince takes Clara to a magical kingdom populated by fairies and toys. Tiffany Henderson, owner and founder of Tiffany’s Dance Academy, says the Nutcracker is, “A holiday tradition that brings together family and friends to celebrate the magic of the season.”
From The Director:
The Nutcracker has always been a favorite of mine, not only because of the beautiful dancing and music but because of the story. This ballet production was created during a century when art forms came together to create this holiday tradition. Since then, this production has been presented by many prestigious ballet companies in the world and it is fundamental to their repertory. The choreography has remained, but some modifications and arrangements have been made. We have about 400 student and professional dancers as well as staff and volunteers to support us to be able to present a professional production. Every year, new choreography, characters, costumes and set pieces are added. I am bringing 30 years of experience to continue to develop this traditional holiday spectacle to present a high quality show the Tri-Valley and the Bay Area can be proud of.
Tiffany’s Dance Academy is a dance studio founded in 2001. Tiffany’s Dance Academy emphasizes excellent training in classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop. Tiffany Henderson, owner/director, graduated from the University of Arizona, Magna cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 1998. She has performed professionally with the Arizona Jazz Dance Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Additionally, Tiffany Henderson has also performed in Amsterdam and Japan. She performs bi-annually with the Bay Area Dance Company. Her dance studios have been featured in Dance Informa, Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, The Contra Costa Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle. They participated in Disney’s 2006 ABC TV Christmas Special with Ryan Seacrest and have won the Bay Area Parent Magazine Family Favorite Award five times.
ConDanza began in Stockholm, Sweden in 2005, officially moving operations to Tucson, Arizona in 2009. Presently, they have expanded their operations to the San Francisco Bay Area. ConDanza is dedicated to being an integral part of the local arts community. ConDanza’s mission is to advocate for the art form of dance; a community focus to educate, support and advance dance as higher education, a career choice, and a professional art. In addition, ConDanza continues to build on their vision, to enrich the cultural and educational fabric of Tucson, Livermore, and the community the affiliate with by establishing a semi-professional and professional level dance company where young, local dancer collaborate with professional dancers.