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In 2013, Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker received a United States Patent and Trademark Click here to view official Trademark Document.

Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker is an adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s classical Nutcracker Ballet. 

We invite you to take a journey with Clare, a young African-American girl embarks on a magical Christmas journey in the retelling of E.T.A. Hoffman’s classical Nutcracker ballet. Set against a backdrop of 19th-century brownstones and modern high-rises in Harlem, New York, Clare’s journey begins with the family traditional holiday party. Following the family holiday party, Clare returns to the parlor to embrace her Chocolate Nutcracker gift she received from her Aunt Pearl. She falls asleep and her enchanting dream takes her on a magical journey around the world and to enchanting lands with the Chocolate Nutcracker, who is transformed into a handsome Chocolate Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The scenes are filled with the pageantry of dazzling costumes and exciting dance moves performed in ballet, jazz, modern, swing, gospel and hip hop. A youth orchestra delights the audience with the sounds of Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. 

Orlando Community Arts

Orlando Community Arts, Inc. (OCA) is a 501 c 3 organization with a mission to give Arts access to the underserved communities. Since its inception, Orlando Community Arts, Inc., has maintained an unwavering commitment to presenting a memorable and magical production, Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.

This holiday production recaptures the rich pageantry of traditions and flair that epitomizes culture and diversity. Through the years, Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker, has cultivated a strong and loyal following of families, business associates and community leaders. 

Orlando Community Arts, Inc., is community at its best as children and youth continue the tradition of performing on stage while engaging with local and national artists. Artists who have performed in Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker include Savion Glover, Choreographer, Tony Award winner; Jasmine Guy, Actress; and Vickie Winans, American Gospel Recording Artist.

Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker is described as Soulful, Bold, Colorful, Exciting, Lively and Delightful! A holiday treat for the entire family.

our staff

Beverly Page

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President & CEO

Published Author

Entreprenuer

Educator

Beverly Page is the President & CEO of Orlando Community Arts, Inc. She is a 1978 graduate of South Carolina State University. She earned a Bachelor Degree (B.A.) in Drama/minor in Speech Communication. She has a Master’s Degree (M.A.) in Education and post-graduate credentials in Educational Leadership/Supervision from Winthrop University. Beverly has post graduate credentials from Furman University in Theater Directing. Her professional credits are in Production Management, Stage Management, Playwriting, Costume Management, and Fundraising. Recognizing the need for diversity and inclusion in the Nutcracker, she wrote the book, Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker. 

In 2013 Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker, received a United States Patent and Trademark. She has further extended her artistic talents in designing the Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker doll and wooden Chocolate Nutcrackers which are now available on Walmart.com and Etsy.com. Beverly is described by her peers as an Outstanding leader, entrepreneur, innovative, very professional, committed with a profound sense of purpose. She is listed as an Outstanding Woman of America and has received numerous community recognition for her commitment to the Arts.

Jeré James

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Artistic Director

Jeré James, founder of Inez Patricia School of Dance, has spent nearly her entire life immersed in the dance world. Her love for dance begin at the age of four where she trained under the direction of Joan Miller at Palm Beach Ballet Center in Palm Beach, Florida. The Ballet Center was considered her home base, as she danced there most of her youth, including high school. Jeré was also blessed with the opportunity to go to A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, FL where she became a dance major. At this point, she was fully engaged in dance spending time attending both the Ballet Center and A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. During her high school years, she also danced an entire summer in New York City training with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’ Summer Intensive Program. As a senior in high school, she was asked to stay and continue training throughout that year. After high school, she decided to continue her collegiate journey at the University of Central Florida where obtained a BS in International Business. Upon completion, she gave her degree to her parents and returned to her first love, DANCE.

Over the next 15 years, she would perfect her craft in a new and exciting way. Her love for dance transitioned into teaching which lead her to a position at a phenomenal dance school, Orlando School of Cultural Dance. There, she was under the direction of Julie Coleman, one of the dance mothers. Her teaching experience blossomed as she was presented the opportunity to train students at over 15 dance schools through Central Florida, finally making my way to Director of Dance at the Center For Contemporary Dance (CCD). It was there that she became the teacher and director she is today.

After several years teaching at CCD, the time had come for her to branch out again, but this time as the Big Boss. In 2016, she opened her very own studio that bears the name of her mother who left our physical realm, Inez Patricia. Jeré pays homage to her mother for all that she sacrificed and invested into her passion. Creating her own space where she would be in charge of leading and cultivating dancers came with a few challenges along with a great number of rewards. Fast forward six years later, Inez Patricia School of Dance is a household name, teaching over 500 students. Jeré has watched them grow, graduate and go on to Professional Dance Companies and Collegiate Dance Programs. Thinking of where she came from, where she is now and what’s to come, she smiles and says, “I’m one blessed dance teacher…5, 6, several 8s.”

Production staff

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Janelle Z. Martin 

Choreographer

Janelle Z. Martin is an Atlanta native with over 25 years of dance training. She attended DeKalb School of the Arts High School where she majored in dance, and after graduating, made her way to Orlando, FL where she majored in Business Management and minored in dance at the University of Central Florida. During her undergrad years, Janelle found her way on to the stage with both student-organized departmental events.  


Janelle later on completed 4 years with Moore Dance Project under the artistic direction of Dario J. Moore, out of the Center for Contemporary Dance. Since wrapping up that journey, she has been the Jazz Instructor for Inez Patricia School of Dance continuing to be an inspiration to others by giving them the gift of dance.

Josan Battle

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Choreographer/Narrator

Born into a family of Broadway performers, including three-time Tony Award-winning choreographer Hinton Battle, Josan Battle's fate was predetermined to a career as a dancer, choreographer, and Executive Producer. Ms. Battle honed her skills over 28 years of studying dance and teaching in Germany, France, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Florida as a principal dancer with the Center for Contemporary Dance. She also gained extensive experience with her own dance company, "Xplosive Dance and Entertainment," touring Germany and France. Ms. Battle's career took a technical turn as she became a creative and executive producer for live broadcasts and music videos with Microsoft, HIMSS, The National Association of Realtors, and Thomas McClary of the Commodores name a few.

"My childhood found me in the dance classes, rehearsals, and backstages of world-renowned, legendary performers and performances that captivated audiences. I was amazed at what the human body was capable of," she recalls. You will find Ms. Battle as a featured performer in many music videos, commercials, tv series, and movies. "Becoming a dance teacher and performer was a natural progression for me," Ms. Battle states. She utilizes all of her experiences to create fun, dynamic performances that focus on the pure joy that comes from movement.

Adelia Chambers

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Costume Designer/Choreographer

Mrs. Adelia Chambers is an elementary music teacher for Orange County Public Schools, FL.  Mrs. Chambers always loved dancing at local churches.  She extended her performing arts education by studying dance with Julie Coleman at Orlando School of Cultural Dance, Dario Moore at the Center for Contemporary Dance, Andrea Phillips at AAP Dance, and with Jere’ James at Inez Patricia School of Dance for a combined 15 years.  In 2019, she took the leap of faith and accepted the opportunity to lead a Christian dance company, Wisdom for Inez Patricia School of Dance.  She also took her hobby of sewing and established her sewing business, AC Chambers Apparel, LLC.  She uses opportunities to use her love for music, dance and sewing for the performing arts and beyond.  Her favorite scripture is Psalms 19, “The heavens declare the glory of God…” because she knows God surrounds her every step of the way.

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Andrew Coronado

Choreographer

Andrew Coronado was born in San Antonio, TX. He started his dance training at The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas and quickly progressed to professional dancer soon after. His professional pursuits span The United States and Europe where he trained, danced professionally, taught classes, and set choreography on professional and pre-professional companies. His highest honor was studying with Hofesh Shechter Company in London for a summer where he took company classes and studied repertoire which he eventually performed. Mr. Coronado moved to Florida where he taught pre-professional classes at The Center for Contemporary Dance and currently at Inez Patricia School of Dance.

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Anicia LaCount

Art Director

Anicia LaCount is a Florida native, originally from Miami, Florida. She currently lives in Kissimmee, Florida. A graduate from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Studio Art, specializing in Graphic Design. This freelance graphic designer has over 20 years of experience developing a broad range of design products.

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João Pedro Mascarenhas

Visual Artist

I am a digital artist specializing in scenery, backgrounds, themes, and world building. My style can vary from realistic to animated with bold use of colors and atmosphere. I’ve been drawing ever since I was a kid and there is nothing I enjoy doing more than this.

Julie Coleman

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Entrepreneur/Choreographer

The founder and president of the Orlando School of Cultural Dance for 28 years, Julie Coleman wrote grants and administered programs for area children and showcased their talents in the annual Cultural Dance Extravaganza Showcase at what is now Bob Carr Theater. She collaborated with the Department of Juvenile Justice and the City of Orlando to bring arts education to children who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to experience the arts. In addition to running the school, Ms. Coleman taught African dance and African history as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida and provided lecture/demonstrations of dance for students of Orange County Public Schools and more. 

After serving on the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Council for 3 years, she is now a part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and committed to helping to support the vision of an all-inclusive arts community.

Currently, Julie Coleman is a Certified Elevation Life Coach of Life Begins Now, Inc and a Radio Show Host for Life Begins Now Talk Radio on Caribbean Rhythms Radio Network (CRRNETWORK.COM/CRRFM.COM)

It's a pleasure to be a part of this year's Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.

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 Brittany Dennis 

African Choreographer

Brittany Dennis also known as Tejumade Temidayo is a well known dancer all over Orlando. She started dancing at the age of 8 , at the Orlando School Of Cultural Dance where she fell in love with the style African Dance. She’s also trained at and performed with many other dance companies like Orlando school of cultural Dance,Orlando Ballet now known as Southern Ballet ,Ajose Afrikan , and Tam Tam Congo just to name a few. She was one of the main dancers in Disney’s Animal Kingdom street band known as Burudika from 2016-2019. She is now a performer with Sea World Orlando where she is still living out her dream as a character/dance performer.

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Sharon Wong

 Choreographer

SHARON WONG originally from the UK, received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (NYC.)

From 1992-2012 was on faculty at The Ailey School at The Joan Weill Center for Dance, where she subsequently served as Chair of the jazz department.

Sharon is currently artistic liaison and guest choreographer at Inez Patricia School of Dance “IPSOD” (Orlando, FL) and member of the advisory board of DOTL (Montclair, NJ.)

In December 2017 She was selected for inclusion in Academic Keys: Who's Who in Fine Arts Higher Education (an online source.)

Ms. Wong is a Visiting Professor of Dance at Hope College (Holland, MI) where she instructs  modern and jazz, while choreographing for Faculty Dance Concerts, H2 Dance Co. and STRIKE TIME Dance Theatre.

Additionally, has choreographed for Florida Dance Theatre and taught FDT Summer Intensives.

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Kyla rene

 Choreographer

Kyla Rene, originally from Chicago, started her training at the Academy of Movement and Music under the mentorship of Stephanie Clemens. They have had the opportunity to train across the U.S. in Denver, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, and Florida. After training at the Orlando Ballet School, they earned their BFA in dance from Jacksonville University. Kyla has danced with many contemporary and modern companies in Denver and Orlando including Kim Robards Dance, Dawson/Wallace Dance Project, Nap Dance, and Yow Dance. They currently are the artistic director of the contemporary movement group Bad Wolf Dance Collective, collaborating with artists of different genres around central Florida. Kyla currently teaches at numerous studios around Orlando, sharing the knowledge of dance that was so carefully passed down to them. In past years, Kyla has acted as stage manager, artistic director, choreographer, and dancer for the Chocolate Nutcracker and is so excited to a part of the production for the third time!  

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tyrone young

Filmmaker

Ty Young is an Independent Award-winning filmmaker, With more than 30 years of experience. He has produced documentaries, commercials, and full-length features and has produced a host of live broadcasts. He began his journey in Hollywood as a Production Assistant working with a host of Major Talents and has evolved into a relentless Producer/ Director /Writer/ Director of Photography / Camera Operator, Post-Production Specialist, and Executive Producer.

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Mikaela Chatman

Rehearsal Director

Mikaela Chatman, a 19 year old dancer from Orlando, FL. She desires to become a professional dancer and eventually own her own dance studio. She enjoys teaching students a way of expressing values. She is currently the Rehearsal Director, as well as, a dancer for Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker. Stetson University is where she is pursuing her degree in dance. 

Michael Pagan- Technical Director