‘Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker’: Netflix Explores Debbie Allen’s Inclusive Ballet Classic

From Shondaland, “Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” spotlights the career of award-winning entertainer Debbie Allen and follows her group of ingénues as they prepare for Allen’s annual ballet showcase, which is produced via her Los Angeles-based Debbie Allen Dance Academy (Dada).

Directed by Oliver Bolkenberg, the documentary, which is now streaming on Netflix, follows Allen, her staff, students, and extended family as they prepare for what has become a beloved local tradition that stars more than 200 children and a few professional actors, including Allen herself.The Houston-born dance icon and her husband Norm Nixon have operated the non-profit Dada for 20 years.

It offers a comprehensive dance curriculum to mostly youth of color, regardless of financial status.

While in attendance, the students learn from a slew of teachers who are tops in their respective fields, like former Houston Ballet principal dancer Lauren Anderson and tap superstar Savion Glover.The “Hot

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