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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 a wide variety of dance genres reflecting Africa, Asia, the Caribbean India, Spain and many other lands. 

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 the 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. 

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

our staff

Complete bios are available on the desktop version of this website
 

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Beverly Page

President & CEO, Orlando Community Arts

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 with 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 with post graduate credentials from Furman University in Theater Directing.

Production staff

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Josann Battle

Associate Production Manager

Josan Battle is a dancer, choreographer, and executive producer. Ms. Battle honed her skills over 28 years of studying dance and teaching around the world as a principal dancer with the Center for Contemporary Dance. She also gained extensive experience with her own dance company, "Xplosive Dance and Entertainment,". She later 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 among others.

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T'KeA Le GRANDE

Artistic Director 

Founder/ Director, Avalon Dance Company

T’Kea Le Grande is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lovingly called “Miss T’ by her students.  Miss T is the Owner of Avalon Dance and Author of the children's book" I can Dance Too". 

She launched her own Dance Company AVALON DANCE COMPANY while raising her two lovely daughters. As the Owner, Operator and Artistic Director of Avalon Dance, T’Kea’ believes one moment on a dance floor can make a dancer and change a life!

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Alice Costa Teixeira

Brazil Choreographer

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 Brittany Dennis 

Africa Choreographer

Brittany Dennis also known as Tejumade Temidayo is a well known dancer all over Orlando, where she danced with the Orlando School Of Cultural Dance, the Orlando School of Cultural Dance, the Southern Ballet, Ajose Afrikan, and Tam Tam Congo. She was one of the main dancers in Disney’s Animal Kingdom street band known as Burudika from 2016-2019 and she is now a performer with Sea World Orlando where she is living her dream as a character/dance performer.

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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.

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Jawuan Hill is a BFA Acting Major presently attending The Juilliard School. Juwuan recently directed the play Akeelah and the Bee, marking his directorial debut. His Stage Management credits Include: Trifles; Curse You Jack Dalton; A Raisin in the Sun; Bedfellows; Black Nativity and Les Miserables. 

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Stage Manager

JAWUAN HILL

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Kalinda

Puerto Rican choreography by 

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THe DEvyani Dancers

Bollywood Choreography by Priya Persaud

The Devyani School of Cultural Arts focuses on Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and Indian folk dances. The Devyani Dancers have shared their joy of dance with the Central Florida Community for the last 14 years under the leadership of Priya Persaud. 

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Y.E.S.S. 

 Choreography for the Land of China performed by Y.E.S.S.

Y.E.S.S. (Youth Enrichment and Senior Services) provides resources and information on various activities and events on culture, health, youth, and seniors. Y.E.S.S. is committed to building bridges between the Asian and American communities and the diverse communities of the Orlando area.  2024 marks the third year that Y.E.S.S. is a part of the production.  

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Yvonne
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Ambassador

Yvonne Loggins-Coleman is recognized as one of the most well known, part-time Radio Personalities in Jazz and for events. She serves on several boards, has received numerous awards and is honored to be an Ambassador for Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.

Michael Pagan- Technical Director 
Jessiah Rammling- Technical / Sound Director
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