Nutcrackers (Ballet to Burlesque), Love Lessons, and More

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  Send listings two weeks in advance to & EventsLand of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker And tell Tchaikovsky the news: Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann present stars from Seattle's burlesque A-list in "a spectacle of ecdysiastic pageantry" set to a swing-era soundtrack. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, $18-$20. 7 & 10 p.m. Wed. Dec. 13 & 20.Pacific Northwest Ballet It's hard to think of a more exuberant way to celebrate the holiday season than attending PNB's Nutcracker. The production is simply magic. Of course, the dancers would hardly need to move for the production to be a success, so blessed is the ballet company in having Maurice Sendak's intricate, colorful, and whimsical sets. Snow falls on a winter wonderland, Clara and the prince sail to a magical kingdom amid dolphins jumping through undulating waters, and huge dangling lanterns complete an Oriental kingdom where some of the liveliest dances take place. But PNB's dancers do move, and with grace and verve. In the performance I attended, Carla Korbes performs the peacock dance as if she were the animal herself, her lithe and shimmying body framed by a set that has turned an iridescent, dusky blue. It is a transfixing moment. Offstage, the people watching can't be beat, as everyone from 5 to 75 dresses up in a way seldom seen in this casual town. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 441-2424, $18-$108. Various dates and times. Ends Thurs. Dec. 28. NINA SHAPIROLove Lessons SEE THE WIRE, FRIDAY. A dance cabaret on the subject of luv is just part of each evening's festivities. Saturdays the lessons are salsa, Fridays are wild-cards. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., 324-7263, Dinner 6 p.m., cabaret 7:30, lessons 9:15 p.m, free dance 9:45 p.m. $25 without dinner, $60 with. Under 21: $20 cabaret, $55 with dinner (no lessons). Fridays through Dec. 15, Saturdays through Jan. 27.9th Avenue School of Dance Another Nutcracker. You know, I had a nightmare last night about evil nutcrackers coming to life and chasing me. Just from compiling this calendar. Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd., Federal Way, 253-835-2030, $15-$18. 7 p.m. Fri. Dec. 15, 2 & 7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16, 1 & 5 p.m. Sun. Dec. 17. Emerald City Contra Dance Participatory dance (all dances taught, no partner necessary) to the strains of Les Fabulous Girls du Ouest Coast. ("How many fiddlers, bassists, percusionists, and whistle players can they fit on the stage? We'll find out!") Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 440-9839, $4-$7. Beginners at 7 p.m., dance at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 15.Greenlake Folk Dancers Balkan line and circle dances (partners not required). Instruction at 7:30 p.m. for $10, social dance 8:30 p.m. for $5. VFW Hall, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 325-7668, Fri. Dec. 15.International Ballet Theatre Bringing The Nutcracker to the Eastside, with PNB's Stanko Milov. Meydenbauer Theatre, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, 325-6500, $15-$35. Opens Fri. Dec. 15. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., also 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 21. Ends Sat. Dec. 23. Enertia Dance Company "This company was founded by alumni of Kaleidoscope, the prominent youth dance group, and you can tell by their repertory—which mixes heady contemporary dance by artists like Amy O'Neal and Paige Barnes with street-smart breaking and hip-hop from Hassan Christopher—that they've brought along the creative inclusiveness of their schooling," said our Sandra Kurtz of their last performance. This time, see work by Amii LeGendre, Holly Eckert, Jordan Vincent, and others in "Segue," their seventh annual winter concert. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor, 325-8773,, 325-6500, $13. 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 15-Sun. Dec. 17.Grudge Match: ReMatch The sequel to last year's Grudge Match, "a satirical look at personal, political, and spiritual experiences of grudge and forgiveness . . . centered on the annual gathering of extended families around the holiday table, sibling rivalry, and the gifting ritual." "We see this as our antidote to The Nutcracker," says director Joséphine A. Zmolek. Barefoot Studios, 311 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma, 253-627-2273, $12-$15. 8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 15-Sat. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Sun. Dec. 17.A Tap Dance Christmas Carol An exuberant dance version of Dickens' ghost story. Anacrusis Modern Tap Dance at Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle Central Community College, 1625 Broadway, 325-6500, $18-$24. Opens Fri. Dec. 15. 8 p.m. Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., 2 & 7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Dec. 23. The Field—Seattle See works in progress by Andre Bouchard, Jessica Jobaris, and others in this informal show with a postperformance chat. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor. $5 donation. 3:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16.Apostrophe 5 Poets, dancers, and musicians gather for simultaneous performance, to let their work strike sparks off each others'. This week, Tonya Lockyer, Kelvin Pittman, and Maged Zaher. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., 206-322-1533, $5-$15. 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16.The Sema Ceremony of the Whirling Dervishes The Mevlevi Order of America presents "semazens dressed in flowing white skirts and tall felt hats spinning in a prayer dance" to Turkish music from master Sufi musicians. Shoreline Community Center Spartan Gym, N.E. 185th Street and Second Avenue N.E, Shoreline, 800-838-3006, $15-$25. 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16.Flamenco Arts Northwest "Fiesta Navidena" offers flamenco music and dance for the holidays, under the direction of Rubina Carmona. Ethnic Cultural Theatre, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., 932-4067, $12-$15. 8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 16-Sun. Dec. 17. Spectrum Dance theater Ninety of their students present Babes in Toyland, based on the Victor Herbert musical. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 325-4161, $10-$12. 3 & 6 p.m. Sun. Dec. 17.Cornish Junior Dance Company Excerpts from The Nutcracker. Shorecrest High School Auditorium, 15343 25th Ave. N.E., Shoreline, 325-6500, $10-$12. 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 17.Senior Dance Socials 55 or older? Join the fun with dance instructors on hand and music by the Ham Carson Quartet. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., $14. 2 p.m. Wed. Dec. 20.

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