The Story of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her magical nutcracker doll.  One Christmas Eve, the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer arrives at the Stahlbaum family’s Christmas party and presents Clara with a special gift: a wooden nutcracker.

After the party, as the clock strikes midnight, Clara awakens to find the room filled with giant mice.  The nutcracker comes to her rescue and a fierce battle ensues as the nutcracker leads the toy soldiers against the mice and their leader, King Rat.  The nutcracker overcomes King Rat, and then is transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara on a magical journey.

To the delight of Clara and the audience, the evening is filled with dance.  The Snow Queen leads eighteen snowflakes in a brilliant waltz in the Land of Snow, where the trees are laden with icicles.  Then the Nutcracker Prince takes Clara on a boat ride across the Lemonade Sea to the Kingdom of Sweets where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy.  The Sugar Plum Fairy treats Clara to sweets and entertainment provided by the inhabitants of the kingdom: chocolate, a Spanish dance; coffee, an Arabian dance; and tea, a Chinese dance.

Next comes the comical Madame Bonbonaire whose huge skirt is filled with tiny clowns.  Then there is the Russian dance and the Waltz of the Flowers.   Finally, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince dance a grand pas de deux.  As the celebration draws to a close, Clara becomes sleepy.  She awakens back in her bed, as the nutcracker salutes his little princess Clara.

The Miss Felicia’s Dance Team

Miss Felicia’s Dance at Christ Church is a dance ministry dedicated to teaching students the dance in a positive, inspiring environment that highlights the importance of giving to other children in need.

Every year the children perform the Nutcracker at the Lazarra Theater at UNF and donate the profits from their show to sponsor children in the Dreams Come True Foundation and donate to both the Pediatric Hospice and Amistad Orphanage in Bolivia. All totaled, in 2011, the children donated close to $20,000 to other children in need.

Felicia Rhoden

Felicia Rhoden has been studying and performing ballet and other forms of dance since the age of 4 years old. She was trained in the Cecchetti (Italian) ballet technique.  Felicia incorporates that method of training into her own classical ballet teaching.  Felicia studied classical ballet at The New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine.  [click here to read more…]