December 2020

The Nutcracker Must Go On

Out of the Theater and Into the Parking Lot

by sarah hirshland

For 13 years running, the students and staff of the International Academy of Dance (IAD) have gifted us with their interpretation of the famous ballet, The Nutcracker, performed every year at the Cabrillo College Theater
That show has been cancelled because of the pandemic. Now, the troupe has re-imagined what can be done so the show goes on.
The students, who range from ages four to adult will be putting on a curbside show. They will perform in a large parking lot at 320 Encinal St. where the audience can watch safely.
Shows will be Saturday and Sunday Dec. 12 and13 at 1:45 and 3:45 in the afternoon. The shows will run 45 minutes on a small stage that the IAD has built for the event.
“We are creating improvements to our stage to create a safe dance floor where we also hold outdoor classes,” says director Shannon Chipman. Shannon has been the owner and director for the last 16 years.
The IAD will also be streaming the Nutcracker on Facebook live @International Academy of Dance Santa Cruz, and through January 1st you can watch the show live and download the full magic at 
“The dancers are very excited and dancing so beautifully, we couldn’t skip a year of Nutcracker… somehow the show must go on!” says Chipman. “Being able to share their artistry and joy with the community makes it all even more worthwhile, as a gift from our family to yours,” says Chipman.

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