When The Nutcracker made its debut in St. Petersburg, Russia on December 18, 1892, it marked a holiday tradition that is still popular today. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s composition has been famous for being a double billed program: combining the score with ballet. The classical production has been interpreted by the most prestigious ballet companies in the world.
Maestro Victor Vener from the California Philharmonic Orchestra invited a new batch of modern, urban dancers for this year's production. Cyrus "Glitch" Spencer, Kevin "Konkrete" Davis and James "BDash" Derrick from So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew dressed up as toy soldiers to perform alongside the symphony.
The trio’s hip-hop moves timed perfectly to the music. Vener came up with the idea asking, “why don’t we put hip-hop dancers doing pinwheels and doing 21st century street dance instead of the Russians doing 19th century street dance?” His new concept is brilliant.