Soraya Zrikem as Clara. Photo by Lynn Monson

The stage at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium was awash in motion and color in the college’s annual Neo Nutcracker dance performance of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” This year’s presentation took on a unique and contemporary interpretation, including hip hop, tap and jazz.

“As great as it has been in the past, Neo Nutcracker was absolutely flooded with talent this year,” said WCC alumna Christine Sampier, who choreographed the performance.

“Putting on an event like this year after year is wonderful because it brings people the fact that our students and community members danced to hip hop and a variety of dance genres keeps the performance fresh, new and exciting.”

Along with WCC students, local dance groups performing were: Rare Paragon Gems; Patchwork Dance Troupe; Suzanne Zelnick Swingers; Randazzo Dance Company; Divercity; Movement Artists Guild; and Arts in Motion.

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Choreographer and WCC alumna Christine Sampier as the mother and Chinese fortune cookie (left) and Phoebe Fink as the Snow Queen. Photo by Lynn Monson

Jori Metry Giffith as the Sugar Plum. Photo by Lynn Monson

Jori Metry Giffith as the Sugar Plum. Photo by Lynn Monson