WHAT: The Rio Hondo Dance Collective will present its seventh annual holiday program, staging a contemporary version of “The Nutcracker” with 26 dancers
from Rio Hondo College as well as more than 80 from area schools and the Rio Hondo College Child Development Center.

The Dance Collective is an ensemble of advanced students in the Rio Hondo dance program who are pursuing careers as dancers, choreographers or in another aspect of the field.

This is the Collective’s third year of engaging area students in the holiday show. Participating schools include Whittier High School, Edgewood School, Montebello High School, Dean Shively Middle School and Hadley School.

WHEN: 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10

WHERE: Rio Hondo College, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier

DETAILS: The production is streamlined to one hour to create a more enjoyable experience for parents with young children. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; lap children are free. Proceeds benefit the Collective and its
participation in the 2017 American College Dance Association, a national program of workshops and performances for U.S. colleges and universities.

The event will include food and gifts for purchase, including homemade tamales. Audience members can take photos with dancers following the performance.