Alameda Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker: A Holiday Family Favorite
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Artistic director Carolina Lugo, her daughter Carolé Acuña and their talented company of singers and musicians bring the sultry and sensuous flamenco dance to vibrant life. Their show combines the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar for a riveting display of this true Spanish art form. This award-winning ensemble has been providing Bay Area audiences with passionate performances for more than 15 years, bringing artists from Spain and abroad to appear with them. Peña Pachamama is known for its Latin American, Bolivian and raw food tapas and other dishes, plus wine, beer and specialty cocktails for purchase. Learn More
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Featured review from Paul
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This was beautifully done, especially for a local production. It was fun to watch the interplay between professional dancers, student dancers, and young children!
Unfortunately, ticket collection was poorly organized, so there was chaos in the lobby. It didn't help that this audience isn't accustomed to attending large public events (people who think nothing of stopping to chat in the same single entryway that 1,200 others have to use -- and parents who can't control their children).
Also, there was an unpleasant element of parents fawning over their children (paid ads in the program for individual kids, etc.)
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Parking is free Sundays in a parking garage on Oak Street. Be prepared for lots of children attending the show. The seats aren't really stadium style so cross your fingers that you aren't behind a couple of tall people blocking your view. It seems...continued
This year, Alameda Civic Ballet is delighted to welcome back special guest stars Ethan and Nikki White, finalists in Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance. Ethan and Nikki will dance the roles of Snow Queen and King as well as the Arabian couple. Joining them will be other Bay Area guest artists as well as a cast of over one hundred dancers ranging in age from three to sixty.
This holiday season prepare to be transported on a magical journey with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. From the heroic battle against the Mouse King, travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets. There you will meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and be entertained by the wonders of the Land of Enchantment.
Whether this is your first time seeing a Nutcracker production or it is a time honored holiday tradition, make ACBs 8th Annual Nutcracker part of your holiday festivities.
About the Ticket Supplier: Alameda Civic BalletAlameda Civic Ballet was founded in February 2003 and achieved non-profit 501(3)c status as a charitable organization in November of 2004. The goal of the company is to create and present high quality community accessible ballet performances, while providing young dancers with valuable experience performing alongside professional dancers.
The Alameda Civic Ballet made its debut performance in June 200 at Kofman Auditorium in Alameda with Degas Dancers, a work inspired by the paintings of the famous French painter Edgar Degas. Alameda Civic Ballet was also invited to perform Degas Dancers in November 2003 at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, in conjunction with The Degas Sculpture Exhibit. In December 2003, the company presented it's premier performance of Act 2 Nutcracker Excerpts. In February 2004, the company was honored to be part of the Alameda Education Foundation Mardi Gras Gala and won rave reviews for it's Festive Les Bons Temps (The Good Times) set to the infectious music Of the Bay Area's Zydeco/Cajun King, Tom Rigney. The company has presented Spring performances in 2004 and 2005, featuring an eclectic mix of Ballet, Modern, Salsa, Can Can, and contemporary pieces. In December 2004, the company performed Nutcracker Highlights at five sold-out shows.
The company has recently been informed that it has been nominated for the Alameda Chamber of Commerce 2005 Business Awards for it's contribution to the arts.