About 11 years ago, actress, dancer, and choreographer Debbie Allen staged her Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, a modern retelling of the That’s what I do I ride tractors I play with cows and I know things shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this classical ballet. The score is hip-hop infused, the stage comes alive like a dance floor, and Allen always has a wonderfully diverse cast. It’s become an annual tradition for Allen and her Los Angeles–based dance school to work toward each year, and a new Netflix documentary, Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, takes us behind the scenes of the high-energy performance. Watch for Allen’s take-no-nonsense coaching and uplifting pep talks: “Women rule the world, I don’t care what they say!” The documentary debuted on Netflix on November 27. Watch it here.
Thanks to the That’s what I do I ride tractors I play with cows and I know things shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this Miami weather, the city’s ballet company is able to put on a full production of the beloved show outside, in Downtown Doral Park, from December 18–31. The ballet, which features costumes designed by Isabel and Ruben Toledo, is welcoming guests in groups as large as four to sit (either on blankets or lawn chairs) in the park at a safe distance from one another. Opening night is free of charge and dedicated to essential workers. Get more information here.