An Urban Nutcracker is a ballet created for the holiday season and as an alternative to the traditional Nutcracker. It is an engaging work that encompasses the urban environment, and it has become an audience favorite in addition to drawing the most diverse of SMAG Dance Collective's audiences.
An Urban Nutcracker brings together dancers from throughout the Dayton, Ohio area as well as some out of town guest performers from the tri-state area. The ballet is performed by a cast of approximately 50 performers which is comprised of professional dancers, students and volunteers. Funk Lab Dance Center is among this season's guest performers.
Why An Urban Nutcracker Is Important to SMAG Dance Collective and to Our Community:
An Urban Nutcracker is SMAG Dance Collective's largest seasonal offering and is only made possible by the generous support of people like you and grant funding from the Ohio Arts Council in addition to the immensely appreciated in kind donations from volunteers and local businesses.
This production is very much representative of the company's mission which is to provide opportunity for dancers and choreographers, educate and entertain diverse audiences, and to bridge the gap between artists, arts organizations and the community. SMAG Dance Collective also collaborates with other organizations as a part of our mission, and the company has spearheaded an effort to dialogue with other arts producing organizations and develop collaborations which push the impetus of the region toward being an arts and cultural destination.
SMAG Dance Collective is a contemporary fusion dance company founded by Michael Groomes in 2003. The company's eclecticism in movement, choice of venue and its dancers pushes the boundaries of contemporary dance.
Seasonal offerings include SMAGMare in October, which is a haunted house/nightmare a la dance and An Urban Nutcracker, performed in December, which is an "urban" take on the original Nutcracker. Our annual Spring Fling is purely devoted to the art of dance; challenging, physical, dynamic and insightful works are performed. The Spring Fling also serves as a showcase for emerging choreographers.
SMAG performs regularly in Dayton, Ohio at several events including Urban Nights, Tuesday Tales and First Fridays to name a few. In addition to making appearances at events, SMAG produces several shows throughout our performing season.
Dayton Playhouse (View)
1301 E Siebenthaler Ave
Dayton, OH 45414