On the November 16 edition of The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK we celebrated Ballethnic, as they present the 25th showing of The Urban Nutcracker for the holiday season. Performances will be held on December 9 and 10 at the King Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. Ballethnic, founded by Waverly Lucas II and Nena Gilreath, is the first African American ballet company in Atlanta.
Their signature adaptation of the Nutcracker has wowed audiences of all ages with a storyline that includes Atlanta touchpoints including Auburn Avenue and the Coca-Cola Pas de Six. I talked with Dancer Karla Tyson, who began taking classes at the Ballethnic Dance Academy as a young girl.
She speaks about the first time she viewed the performance and her first roles as a child. She goes on to explain what her association with Ballethnic has meant in her life. She invites families and children of all ages to view this year's performance.
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