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Caroline Calouche & Company takes The Nutcracker to new heights

“YOU KNOW THE TRADITIONAL Nutcracker story?” asks Caroline Calouche. “Well this is nothing like it.” She describes Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story as an “extravaganza” of contemporary dance, trapeze, swings, bungees, and stilt walkers. The holiday tale takes on a modern twist with aerial dance, a high- energy form that lets dancers soar using fabric and acrobatic feats.

Established in 2005, Caroline Calouche & Company is the only aerial dance company based in Charlotte. In addition to performances, it offers a wide variety of outreach programs and classes, from hip-hop and ballet to dancing with silks and slings hung from the ceiling. See Clara’s Trip on December 7 and 8 at Booth Playhouse. carolinecalouche.org.

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