November 19, 2012

It’s Tu-Tu Wonderful!

Holiday Favorite Dance-Along Nutcracker® Returns to Chicago Cultural Center, Sunday, December 9

Cindy Gatziolis    312.744.0573

The visions of sugar plums aren’t just dancing in their heads….the sugar plums are actually dancing when the 12th Annual Dance-Along Nutcracker® returns to the Chicago Cultural Center, Sunday, December 9.  Presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), free performances are noon and 3 pm on Sunday, December 9, under the Tiffany-stained glass dome of the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington Street. 

One hour before each performance, at 11 am and 2 pm, in the fifth floor Washington Rooms of the Cultural Center, ARCC Ballet (Art Reaching Children of Chicago) will teach basic ballet positions and movements.  Founded in 2005 by Jennifer Minkin, ARCC Ballet and ARCC Academy offer dance instruction, performance opportunities and workshops for children and adults. ARCC Ballet also offers after school dance programs to over 25 day schools throughout the Chicagoland area.

Then, at noon and 3 pm, performers of all ages and abilities are invited to dance along to the familiar tunes of Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite with professional dancers from Ballet Chicago.  Ballet Chicago’s mission is to advance American classicism in ballet by presenting inspirational and unique ballet performances to a wide audience.

Music for the Dance-Along Nutcracker® is provided by the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band. Lakeside Price Music Ensembles reflects a legacy of bringing members and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community together through music for more than 30 years. Each performance by one of its four major ensembles -- marching band, jazz band, symphonic band, and symphony orchestra -- enables Lakeside Pride to connect with audiences everywhere. Additional information, including how to join an ensemble, is available at

The Dance-Along Nutcracker®, created in 1985, is the property of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the world’s first openly gay musical organization. Any use of the name, concept or imagery without the written permission of SFLGFB is prohibited.  More information is available at

For more information about the Dance-Along Nutcracker® visit


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