[image-1]DANCE | Russians, unicorns, and a huge grandfather clock

If you missed the Charleston Ballet Theatre’s performance of The Nutcracker last week, you’re in for a holiday treat … even if it is the day after Christmas. The Moscow Ballet will perform The Great Russian Nutcracker on Friday. The company is touring 70 cities across the United States and Canada, including a visit to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Moscow Ballet debuted this performance in 1993 and they’re now sporting over 100 dancers for each production, so we’re pretty sure they’ve got the story down pat. But for those of you who are still a little fuzzy on the details, there is Clara, who receives a nutcracker toy from her uncle as a Christmas gift. That evening, Clara is attacked by the evil Mouse King, whom the Nutcracker defeats in an epic battle. The Nutcracker then takes Clara to a dreamland full of sugar plums, Arabian coffee, and waltzing flowers. It’s a lot to take in, so if you’re worried about the redundancy of the story you hear every holiday season, no need to be. The Moscow Ballet’s version is jazzed up with some international flair, making it fairly easy to keep your attention. Beautiful scenic designs, lavish costumes, and new choreography should do the trick too. —Reina Gascon-Lopez Fri. Dec. 26. 3 & 7 p.m. $25-$65. North Charleston Performing Arts Center. 5001 Coliseum Drive. (843) 529-5000. www.moscowballet.com

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