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Urban Nutcracker: Anatomy of a Ballet, Teaser Trailer
“The dancing is superb. ”
The eye popping and heart lifting dancing from classical ballet and swing to krump and tap, the sweet mix of Tchaikovsky’s beloved score for ballet with swing orchestration from the great Duke Ellington and his orchestra, the silly jokes and belly- laughs and the solemn parts that tug at the heart and bring a tear or two.” —The Edge
“But the moment the curtain rose on Boston dance guru Tony Williams’s 13th season of the “Urban Nutcracker,” I got it. The scene wasn’t some snowy, woodsy setting that could just as easily have been a backdrop for a Lexus December to Remember TV commercial. It was a street corner, with a park bench, a vendor, and apartment buildings in the background. There was a different kind of energy, one not at all driven by the powerful music of an orchestra but by the excitement of the people on that corner.” — Boston Globe
“Williams gets more savvy in providing surprises in “Urban Nutcracker” year after year. In response, his audiences grow in number, appreciating this excellent addition to the holiday stage treats.” — Patriot Ledger
“A Nutcracker with real soul” — Boston Metro
Urban Nutcracker featured on ABC Nightly on 12.23.2011. Urban Nutcracker is featured 6 minutes into the clip and after the advertisement.
“As a young man, Williams lived in a world
away far removed from the posh and
elegance surroundings portrayed in the
classic tale, the Nutcracker.” –Chronicle
Jamaica Plain: Out of the Projects
Dancing out of Danger
Tony Williams, director of the Urban Nutcracker, talks about his rise from the Bromley-Heath project to an international ballet star on Chronicle, 2014.
Holidays in JP: ‘Urban Nutcracker’ brings diversity to holiday
Williams said he was a lost 13-year-old kid who was in a youth street gang, getting into trouble and fights. He began taking the trolley from Centre Street downtown to the Boston Young Men’s Christian Union, similar to a YMCA, where he lifted weights and did gymnastics.
Many Russians there did ballet to improve their gymnastics and Williams followed suit. Williams said he was surrounded by mentors who talked to him about staying out of trouble and working hard. He said some of his friends where he grew up weren’t as fortunate as they continued to get in trouble.Williams joined the Boston Ballet School and eventually the Boston Ballet Company.
Williams had tap dance and hip-hop teachers at his new studio, which brought in many men of color. Williams wanted to showcase that because it is unusual in dance, so he decided to have a show. Williams didn’t want to do the traditional “Nutcracker” because there were so many performances of it around the Boston area. That is when the “Urban Nutcracker” was born.
Williams joined the Boston Ballet School and eventually the Boston Ballet Company. He would go on to dance professionally for 25 years. Williams founded BalletRox, a nonprofit ballet organization also headquartered on Amory Street, in 1996. And in 2001, he started his own ballet studio in Jamaica Plain.
Williams had tap dance and hip-hop teachers at his new studio, which brought in many men of color. Williams wanted to showcase that because it is unusual in dance, so he decided to have a show. Williams didn’t want to do the traditional “Nutcracker” because there were so many performances of it around the Boston area. That is when the “Urban Nutcracker” was born. –JP Gazette