"This verison will tickle your sugarplums!"--Hartford.com
"Bracing modern take on
Tchaikovsky's ballet." -- Hartford Courant
"Like a snowglobe — this [show] shook things up and settled them back down somewhere new."--Dance Informa
Add some spice to your holiday season!
“The Nutcracker Suite & Spicy” is a rousing, toe-tapping, high-kicking spin on the classical ballet choreographed and directed by Carolyn Paine.
This quirky, innovative production which has run for over a decade, features memorable scenes and characters inspired by the classic holiday show.
The fusion of dance styles in choreography blends exceptionally talented, diverse dancers of many disciplines and backgrounds to update the Nutcracker story in a relatable contemporary way that truly reflects the dance world as well as an urban environment-like Hartford, the city it hails from.
We are so proud that this production has truly become a staple in the holiday season for CT and continues to gain national attention for its top-notch professional dancing and great sense of humor.
Be sure to not miss the opportunity to once again join us live on stage at The Aetna Theatre at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT to make this part of your holiday season!
What makes Nutcracker Suite & Spicy
The Ugly Sweater Party
Act 1 opens on raucous party scene that is filled with humor, holiday spirit, high energy, and of course the best ugly sweaters you've seen.
The dizzyingly beautiful snow scene features dancers wearing eye-popping LED tutus gliding across the stage in an acrobatic ballet large pearly white exercise balls as snow falls.
The Sugar Rum
Our Sugar Rum Cherry will make you forget all about pointe shoes and pas de deuxs as he break dances and pops and locks across the stage ruling over the Club of Sweet Temptation.
The Club Rats
The sneaky but suave Club Rats who try to steal Clara from The Nutcracker in the Club of Sweet Temptations add mischievous fun in the dance battles!
Instead of waltzing flowers, high-kicking Florettes bring their showgirl style and Rockette-inspired dancing to the stage.
A Dancing Dog
And one of the audience favorites in Act 2 is our dancing dog who prances alongside the ballerinas in her matching tutu!
About CONNetic Dance
CONNetic Dance is a professional contemporary ballet company based out of Hartford, CT that is comprised of a talented ensemble of diverse, exciting, and artistic professional dancers under the direction of Carolyn Paine.
CONNetic Dance has continually created projects which bring unique, athletic choreography to the stage in audience pleasing performances.
The company has also been committed to dance education and has teamed with the school at West Hartford's Ballet Theatre Academy, the United Way, Grace Academy, and Hartford Public Schools.
CONNetic Dance is committed to their community and to changing the way people view dance in Hartford and beyond. Get to know us and come see us perform soon!
"Talented dancers take you on a visually stunning journey...You are going to LOVE CONNetic Dance!"-Hub Pages
"The troupe has gained a reputation for being innovative and different, as anyone who's attended their now annual production of "The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy" can attest."-The Hartford Advocate