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Community Advocacy Organization


EAST LANSING, MI — The mash-up dance party of the century is coming to Wharton Center for one night on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 7:30PM. Tickets are on sale now through the official Wharton Center Ticket Office, online at, or by calling 517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON.

A classic story reimagined for contemporary audiences, The Hip Hop Nutcracker blends and remixes music and dance from Tchaikovsky’s 19th century ballet with the diverse influences of hip hop to create one of the most awe-inspiring dance performances of the modern era.

These characters complete feats of pure magic, much like the candy-coated land they explore, that will have you spinning on your head alongside them! Seeing the action live is worth every second and fills everyone with holiday cheer.

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns Tchaikovsky on his head, in the coolest possible way.” —CBS

The performance features talented artists across many backgrounds including a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and one of hip hop’s founding fathers, MC Kurtis Blow, who opens the show with a short set. The Hip Hop Nutcracker has taken these performers to venues across the country with special performances for PBS and Disney+.

Come in from the cold and warm your hearts with a journey that celebrates love, community, and the magic of the holiday season with The Hip Hop Nutcracker at Wharton Center.

COVID-19 health and safety protocols continue to evolve. Please visit the Wharton Center website at to review the most up-to-date information and requirements.

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