Charleston Gaillard Center Presents

Dorrance Dance: The Nutcracker Suite

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Due to inclement weather the Sunday, December 17 performance of Dorrance Dance: The Nutcracker Suite is canceled. You will receive an email from the Gaillard Center to choose an account credit or to receive a refund. Please reach out to our Ticket Office at with any questions.

About the Show

In acclaimed tap dance company Dorrance Dance’s The Nutcracker Suite—created by Michelle Dorrance, Hannah Heller, and Josette Wiggan—pointe shoes are traded for tap shoes in a high-energy, large-ensemble reimagining of this seasonal classic. Set to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s extraordinary interpretation of the Tchaikovsky score, “March of the Toy Soldiers” becomes the “Peanut Brittle Brigade” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” becomes “Sugar Rum Cherry.” Join Dorrance Dance for an unforgettable trip to the land of sweets filled with surprises, humor, and the rhythmic symphony of world-class tap dancers.

The Nutcracker Suite or, a rhythmaturgical evocation of the super-leviathonic enchantments of Duke and Billy’s supreme adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece that tells a tale of a misunderstood girl who kills a king and meets a queen and don’t forget oooo-gong-chi-gong-sh’-gon’make-itdaddy, and that it ain’t so bad after all

Support for this program is made possible by generous donors who have committed time and resources to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative.

A recent rehearsal at Gibney studios in Manhattan was remarkable for several reasons, not least of which was the sense of inclusiveness and, well, joy in the room. It was filled with dancers of all types, body shapes and races. Their diversity was also reflected in their dancing; though all were obviously good tappers, each had his or her own way of moving— looser or more streamlined, lower to the ground or lighter on the feet. Chorus line-like uniformity was clearly not the goal. And yet somehow they became a coherent whole, at one with the music.”

Marina Harss, The New York Times

Student & Teacher Tickets

The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education & Community Program is pleased to announce student and teacher tickets are available for this performance. Limited availability. Limited to two tickets per person with valid student/teacher ID.

Tickets available in advance: Tickets are $20 (plus applicable fees) for Orange seats on seatmap. Ticket purchasers must pick up their tickets at Will Call the night of the performance.

Day of Rush: Tickets are $25 (plus applicable fees). Available two hours prior to show time, best available.

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Please note that for this performance online purchases have a limit of eight (8) tickets per customer. To purchase additional tickets or to inquire about group sales, please contact the ticket office directly at (843) 242-3099.