City Ballet of LA presents The Nutcracker Swings, a jazzy twist on the holiday favorite

The Nutcracker Swings is City Ballet of L.A.’s tribute to the classic tale of the Nutcracker. Set in 1942 during WWII in Hancock Park and the iconic Cocoanut Grove nightclub, the audience will be swept away to another world while dancers swing to the sounds of Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington. In this version of the classic family ballet, Maria, the heroine falls for the leading man, Jim, a WWII hero who gives Maria the Nutcracker doll which kicks off a whirlwind journey of Christmas Wonder. Friday and Saturday, Dec 19 & 20 at 8pm at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 743 South Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles 90005. Under the artistic direction by former American Ballet Theatre dancer and Los Angeles native Robyn Gardenhire founded CBLA with a mission to reflect the diversity of Los Angeles’ multicultural community. CBLA’s Ballet School offers training at low or no-cost to children from economically depressed areas and provides educational outreach programs to thousands of elementary school students annually. To provide LA with its own ballet company unique and representative of this multicultural community. Presenting work that is a mixture of classical and contemporary dance theater, examining untraditional themes and blending music from all over the world. In keeping with the tradition of classical dance, City Ballet of Los Angeles is preserving the standards of excellence in its presentation of the art of dance. Friday and Saturday, Dec 19 & 20 at 8pm at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 743 South Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles 90005 Tickets start at $20.00 and are available through brownpapertickets.com/event/908770. For Group Sales please call 323-292-1932; Opening Night VIP Reception $150 includes Orchestra Seating and Pre-Reception at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit CityBalletofLA.org