DANCING DUO: Diane Jubeili dances with an Urban Nutcracker performer.
DANCERS from the Urban Nutcracker brought some early holiday cheer to patients and family members in the MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s (MGHfC) Ellison 18 playroom. The troupe performed five routines – fusing ballet with hip-hop, swing and step dancing – as part of their take on the classic tale “The Nutcracker.” Routines featuring Raggedy Ann and Andy, Clara and the nutcracker, a toy soldier and the Sugar Plum Fairy were set to an upbeat musical score that combined Tchaikovsky with Duke Ellington.
Marvin Wang, MD, co-director of the Well Newborn Nurseries, whose daughter is a member of the Urban Nutcracker, invited the group to perform at MGHfC. “I didn’t know what to expect, but they pulled it off flawlessly,” he said. “Hats off to everyone involved.”
At the end of the performance, the children were invited to join in. Diane Jubeili, 7, was the first to enter the dance floor and said it was her favorite part of the afternoon. Rayaan Jubeili, Diane’s twin sister, added that her favorite was the performance by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
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