See the jazzed-up Nutcracker this weekend

Back row, from left: Amina Cheikh, Jamie Lien, Jade Lefevre, Sarah Scott, Courtney Peters. Front row: Paige Parrucci, Brianna Bellanger, Edward Albert, Autumn Jotblad and Andrea Solheid.

Looking for a local, inexpensive and fun way to celebrate the holiday season?  Enjoy the Dance Tech Studios holiday show, “The Nutcracker…All Jazzed Up.”

While the show includes all the favorite melodies from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, it is not your traditional Nutcracker!  Instead, it uses a wide variety of dance techniques including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and even tumbling.

Over 400 recreational and competitive dancers will be showcased in the Nutcracker, which features Clara, her brother Fritz, Uncle Drosselmeyer, and all the familiar favorites. You’ll see dancing rats, mini-Santas, and even the “Rockettes.”

In addition, Dance Tech’s new Glee Club, called the “Trebellions,” will perform a mash-up of favorite holiday tunes. The club is made up of 20 high-school age drama students who sing and dance.

A Special Celebration of Life 

Studio owner Robin Lind says this Nutcracker performance is especially heartwarming for her. Her daughter Kourtni Lind is a professional dancer living in New York City. Kourtni appeared on Season 4 of “So You Think You Can Dance” and currently appears in Broadway’s “Spiderman.”

Kourtni was recently hit by a car that ran a red light. For days she was unable to walk. With Robin at her side, Kourtni spent a harrowing week in a Manhattan trauma hospital hit by the rush that came with Hurricane Sandy.  She is facing a long recovery to return to dance.

This experience has reminded Robin how precious life is, and she appreciates the Nutcracker’s celebration of both life and dance. “I have so much to be thankful for and hope that everyone can enjoy the special moments in the holiday season,” Robin says.

The show will be held at the North Branch High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 and at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online at

Seats are limited, but it may be possible to purchase tickets at the door.