Dancing within the Streets' 'Nutcracker' spreads 'sheer pleasure & magic'

South Tucson nonprofit dance college Dancing In The Streets Arizona is staging “The Nutcracker” this weekend with a solid of kids and neighborhood leaders.

The nonprofit ballet college is positioned in South Tucson and is residence to a various corps de ballet.

“We have now children with ADHD within the present. We have now children in wheelchairs – these are my ‘ballet-ability’ dancers, I do not name it incapacity,” mentioned DITSAZ founder and inventive director Joseph Rodgers. “Their ages go from three-years-old to… I feel the oldest one is 25.”

The Cavalier within the Sugar Plum pas de deux can be performed by DITSAZ alumnus Alvaro Oquita whereas the Sugar Plum Fairy can be performed by Glenna Torrence. 

Oquota danced with the group for 3 years earlier than occurring to turn out to be knowledgeable dancer in California.

“He all the time comes again for our ‘Nutcracker,’” Rodgers mentioned.

Ward 2 Tucson Metropolis Councilman Paul Cunningham and his spouse, Alisa Cunningham, may even be a part of the solid as dad and mom at Clara’s household’s vacation social gathering within the first act.

“We’re a really community-based ‘Nutcracker,’” Rodgers mentioned. “We do not have many stars. We do not have perfection. We simply wish to give the sheer pleasure and share the magical expertise of ‘The Nutcracker.’”

Rodgers mentioned it takes the studio almost $50,000 to supply the present.

“It is an costly present to placed on and that is why we fundraise like mad. We have now donors,” Rodgers mentioned.

DITS started getting ready for his or her “Nutcracker” on August 2023, which is after they hosted auditions. The solid holds about 87 dancers, Rodgers mentioned.

“Eighty-seven dancers is small for us,” Rodgers mentioned. “We used to have a lot extra earlier than the pandemic.”

Dancing In The Streets Arizona has been in South Tucson for 16 years, and Rodgers mentioned he obtained “numerous laughs” when he started to plan opening the ballet college there.

“They laughed – in South Tucson, they care so much about defending their tradition,” Rodgers mentioned. “However I wished to carry ballet tradition to South Tucson and use the facility of ballet to alter the youngsters’ lives.”

Rodgers mentioned though he has completed “The Nutcracker” so many instances through the years, his favourite scene is the battle between the Rat Queen and the Nutcracker. 

“The Nutcracker” is a family-friendly present and can be carried out on the Temple of Music and Arts, 330 S. Scott Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. 

Rodgers mentioned a 3rd social gathering – tix4cause.com – has been promoting tickets, however he didn’t approve them and is asking individuals to buy the tickets instantly from the Dancing In The Streets web site.