M3 Dance brings holiday favorite 'The Nutcracker' to the Hemmens Dec. 2-3

This holiday season, come see "The Nutcracker" presented by M3 Dance at the Hemmens Theater in Elgin.

Director/choreographer Lauren Blane puts a twist on this classic tale by infusing elements of contemporary, jazz, and tumbling in addition to the traditional ballet style.

Fellow choreographers Brandon DiCriscio and Megan Wolter add their playful movement aesthetics into some of the show's most iconic scenes.

This professional quality student production features dancers from multiple local area dance schools alongside professional dancers and actors from across the U.S.

The magical family friendly show will entertain and delight people of all ages. Visit for more details about the show and the "Sugar Plum Tea Party."

The way Blane and DiCriscio have reimagined this show is unlike any other "Nutcracker" in the Chicago area.

Their appreciation for the time-honored ballet tradition of show remains at the core and is only complemented by the use of other dance disciplines. Accenting this work with professional artists in the principal roles is what really sets this show apart from the rest.

Performances will be noon and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2; and noon Sunday, Dec. 3, at Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way in downtown Elgin.

Tickets for the performances start at $30 and may be purchased online at, by visiting the Hemmens box office online or by phone at (847) 931-5900.

M3 Dance is located in Bloomingdale and housed within Synergy Dance Academy. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on creating and supporting philanthropic efforts through dance and the importance of "Making Movement Matter."

This contemporary-focused company emphasizes the importance of a diverse dance background most beneficial to collegiate, concert and commercial dance avenues.

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