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Saturday, November 18th, 2017
This is not the version of "The Nutcracker" your grandmother remembers. "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" re-imagines Tchaikovsky's classic score, swapping out "pas de duex" and "relevé" for head-spins and windmills. Instead of pointe shoes, these Sugarplums are lacing up their high-top sneakers and they'll be poppin' and lockin' their way into San Diego. A dozen all-star dancers from Brooklyn-based theatrical hip-hop dance company Decadancetheatre, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist bring the beloved story to life in a modern-day New York City setting. In addition to some explosive hip-hop choreography bounding across the San Diego Civic Theatre stage, this merry mash-up also features an appearance by one of hip-hop's pillars: Kurtis Blow. The rap icon's early-'80s hit "Christmas Rappin'" took caroling to the club, so he's the perfect guest star to tie a bow around this holiday hybrid.