Dance Collective performs ‘Tahoe Nutcracker’

Indiana Woodward | New York City Ballet

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective returns to the North Tahoe High School Theater for the production of “Tahoe Nutcracker” from Dec. 15 to 17.

LTDC’s production of “Tahoe Nutcracker” premiered in 2019 and is set in the ballroom of the Tahoe Tavern on Christmas Eve 100 years ago. This year’s performances will feature two principal dancers from the New York City Ballet – Indiana Woodward as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Adrian Danchig-Waring as her Cavalier, according to a press release.

Daniel Baudendistel (formerly American Ballet Theater & Joffrey Ballet) reprises his roles as Herr Drosselmeyer, the magical uncle, and Calvin Thomas (ODC San Francisco) returns as the Nutcracker Prince. Former student and recent graduate of the University of Arizona’s dance program Kristen Flowers joins the cast as Dew Drop.

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective’s company dancers Natalia Christian will dance the role of the Queen of the Snowflakes, with Miya LeFrancois as Clara and Harrison Watson-Gibby as Fritz. Rounding out the cast will be artistic director and founder Christin Hanna, as the mother, with longtime-friend Dan Morrison as the Father and the evil Rat King.

This year’s production will see some new costumes and set pieces, thanks to a grant from the Parasol Community Foundation, which also sponsors the fees of guest artists.

Performances are 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17. Tahoe Guide is a sponsor.