Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker ★★★★½

the range of emotions this put me through! i teared up several times and the ending finally pushed me over the edge 🥺

the subjects of this doc are the epitome of living for art regardless of what stands in your way. while it tells the story of “hot chocolate nutcracker” and shares plenty of dance footage, it also looks at the incredible value of providing serious opportunities to kids who don't usually see themselves represented in the dance world. it’s heartwarming and funny, and at times sad to hear stories of students and debbie allen herself facing racism and/or classism in the dance world... but this doc and its subjects choose to be defined by infectious and unapologetic joy, determination, and a pure love of dance.

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