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Tiffany’s Dance Academy to Present 11th Annual Nutcracker

Livermore, CA – In December, Tiffany’s Dance Academy is proud to present their 11th annual production of The Nutcracker, directed by Cesar Degollado. Professional lighting, music, beautiful backdrops, and great dancing make this a favorite for families in the Bay Area each year. Tiffany’s Dance Academy performers, aged 5-18, will be joined onstage by the professional dance company, ConDanza. Performances take place on Friday, December 15th at 7 pm, and December 16th at 3 pm and 6:30 pm at the Chabot Performing Arts Theatre in Hayward, CA.

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.”

Tickets go on sale November 7th at 9 am for volunteers and on November 8th at 9 am to the general public. To purchase tickets click here or call (925) 447-5299. For more information contact Robbie Teruya at robbie@tiffanydance.com or at (925) 583-2806.

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 300 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.

Background:

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. For more information, please see www.tiffanydance.com.

ConDanza began in Stockholm, Sweden in 2005, officially moving operations to Tucson, Arizona in 2009; and now, expanding our work to the Bay Area. We have taken ConDanza on full-time to dedicate our work as an integral part of the arts community. Our 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, we continue to build on our vision, to enrich the cultural and educational fabric of Tucson, Livermore and the community we affiliate with by establishing a semi-professional and professional level dance company where young, local dancers collaborate with professional dancers, choreographers and dance educators from around the country to share the contemporary and classical dance within our community and beyond. ConDanza consists of two branches; the Repertory Company and the Project ConDanza, our Educational Community Outreach (ECO). The ConDanza Repertory Company includes semi-professional dancers, apprentices, and trainees who are attending college and high schools. Since ConDanza has a strong commitment to community outreach, CD company dancers are required to teach and perform as community service both locally and abroad. ECO travels throughout the community teaching the importance of arts as well as the importance of higher education using the discipline of dance.

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