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December brings that old chestnut, that traditional dance experience, that annual trip to the ballet, The Nutcracker. For those offended by the imperialistic appropriation of ethnic dances in Act II's Kingdom of the Sweets or those simply looking for a change from the standard, World Dance Fusion offers a Hanukkah-themed twist in The Jewish Nutcracker. Choreographer Katy Alanis Rous combines her experience in over thirty varieties of cultural dance and her childhood training at the San Francisco Ballet School to create a unique take on the classic, in which the adolescent Miriam travels back in time to witness the Maccabees winning freedom from their Greek oppressors. When the temple is rebuilt, the party begins with authentic Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Russian, Indian, and Italian ethnic dances. Celebrate an old tradition with an added San Francisco touch of diversity.

World Dance Fusion presents The Jewish Nutcracker at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 8 at the Theater at the Children's Creativity Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 221 Fourth Street, S.F. Tickets are $18-$32; 1-800-838-3006 or jewishnutcracker.com. Irene Hsiao


Dec. 6-7, 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 6-8, 2 p.m., 2013

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