A Jazzy Nutcracker Auditions

A Jazzy Nutcracker


Auditions for A Jazzy Nutcracker September 20, 2014!

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Don’t Miss one of our amazing 2014 Jazzy Nutcracker performances!

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South Orange Performing Arts Center:
Friday, December 5, school performances 10 am & 12:15 pm
Saturday, December 6, public performances 2 pm & 7 pm

Monroe Performing Arts Center:
Friday, December 12, public performance 7 pm
Saturday December 13, public performances 1 pm & 4:30 pm

Graham Lustig’s A Jazzy Nutcracker premiered on December 14, 2013 at the Monroe Township Performing Arts Center, NJ. Set in the 1960′s, A Jazzy Nutcracker features a Christmas celebration attended by Santa Claus, a space-age battle scene, a winter wonderland skating-rink, plus a magical night spent discovering the secrets of “Drosselmeyer’s” department store.   The professional Lustig Dance Theatre company is joined by over 50 local dance students chosen by audition.

photos by Christopher Duggan

Based on Tchaikovsky’s original composition and interlaced with other seasonal melodies, A Jazzy Nutcracker’s original score was composed by Rutgers University Professor Paul Undreiner. Funding for the new score was underwritten with a grant from New Music USA’s 2013 Live Music for Dance Program, with generous support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.  A Jazzy Nutcracker is performed with a live jazz band. 

Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker, a more traditional telling of the story, was produced for over ten years in New Jersey, becoming a beloved holiday tradition for many NJ residents, and is currently produced by Oakland Ballet in California where it continues to garner success. After so many years paying respect to the long-held Nutcracker traditions, Lustig was elated to realize his vision of the story: “Growing up in London in the 1960’s was an exciting and energetic era – one full of possibilities and promise. The fashion and music scenes were exploding with invention, jazz was thriving, the prospect of space travel held everyone’s imagination. My choreographic journey for this project begins with a great fondness for this unique decade.”

Discover Dance Arts Summer Intensive

LDT’s annual Discover Dance Arts summer intensive

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The Discover Dance Arts program provides students with an artistically enriching dance and performing arts experience taught by a faculty of professional artists.  The program is designed to educate students in various dance and performing arts techniques with an opportunity to showcase their talents at the end of the program.

Open to students ages 8-16 – no experience necessary. Classes include Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Pilates, Yoga, Acting, Music, and more!

The 2015 Discover Dance Arts dates TBD.

Questions? Call us at 732.246.7300