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Debbie Allen’s Hot Chocolate Nutcracker @musiccenterla

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I am honored to do a post close to my heart. The art of dance has always been a place of pure love for me. It brings back a childhood memory of creating a broadway show in my own living room. This December is no different. Not only will being in a theatre with the gracious Debbie Allen and the rest of the cast, on a journey of a famous Christmas play we will get to experience what’s it like to travel around the world in a beautiful light The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR THE SIXTH YEAR! The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, & The Annenberg Foundation in association with the Music Center are proud to present “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Following the idea of the original, its Christmas Eve and the Johnsons are having a grand party. The Christmas gifts are shared and young Kara receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate – her favorite. She falls asleep and the journey begins when the Nutcracker comes alive!  Kara takes the audience on a mystical, magical journey, from Candy Cane Land, Egypt, the Indian Rain forest,Bollywood, Jazz land, and the Land of the Kimono Dolls.  Starring Debbie Allen, Raven Symone, Carlo Imperato, Tichina Arnold, Rasta Thomas, and many more! With an original score by Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, James Ingram, Shiamak Davar, Tena Clark and Thump, “The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” is sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages.

Tickets are available click here.


Friday, December 18 at 10:00am – School Performance

Friday, December 18 at 7:30pm – Public Performance

Saturday, December 19 at 1:00pm – Public Performance

Saturday, December 19 at 7:00pm – Public Performance

There is a tea luncheon for ticket holders before the 1pm performance on December 19. I hope to see all of you there.

Learn more about the programs that the Debbie Allen Dance Academy has to offer here. #beachiebeautyapproved

Andrea Price

Beachie Beauty's on Set

Tour de Pier #ride4cure

Tour de Pier registration event at #TheStrandHouse


The 2nd annual Tour de Pier is being held in Manhattan Beach, Ca. on Sunday, May 18 between 9am-1pm. More than 300 stationary cycling bikes will be set-up on the Manhattan Beach Pier to raise money and awareness for cancer research. The event will benefit three charities: Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; Cancer Support Community and Livestrong Foundation and  have a Health & Fitness expo, a Kids Zone with games and activities and best of all it’s free if you’re team is not cycling. The Strand House Restaurant will offer an antioxidant cancer fighting menu  from May 1-18 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Tour de Pier. Visit their site  This post is in memory of Dollie A. Williams, Herman T. Williams and Annie Hall whom have lost their battle to cancer.

For more information on the event and how you can become a participant, please visit;

Alex Gray Pro Surfer, Heath Gregory Co-Founder of Tour De Pier and Olympic Volleyball Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings. #ride4cure
Three time Olympic Volleyball Gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and I. “I love my community of Manhattan Beach. I hate cancer and anything I can do to support my community and to support the mission get rid of cancer, I’m all in,”
Eric Fonoimoana and I. He will be riding for his dad Alio.


Olympic Cyclist Tony Cruz and I.
Pro Surfer Alex Gray and I. His grandmother had pancreatic cancer. “I feel the need to always pay it forward for the incredible life I’ve been given.”
Heath Gregory and I. He is the Co-Founder of Tour de Pier. Losing three family members to cancer within a year’s time. “While riding at the event people become very close. What we really found last year, is that it is really an opportunity for people to share their silent battles.”

For further information about the charities, please visit;

Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research;

Livestrong Foundation;

Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach;

Let’s get social about a cure. #ride4cure

Mom’s Rock!

Are you thinking of going back to school? I found a sure free way for you to learn right from your home. You can home school your kids while taking much needed classes  to enhance your career or brush up on your favorite skills. This program offers math, science, computer programming for us blogger moms. Why not get started today? Special thanks to Salman Khan for creating a great way to keep the world learning.

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