The tune is familiar but the dance is like one you've never seen. Three breakdancers put on quite a show during a performance of The Nutcracker that is taking YouTube by storm.
The iconic Nutcracker is synonomous with Christmas but the California Philharmonic took Tchaikovsky’s classic to the next level by featuring a trio of hip-hop dancers. The three brought their own unique twist to the music.
Kevin “Konkrete” Davis, Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer and James “B-Dash” Derrick, all former participants on So You Think You Can Dance, drew applause and laughter from over 1,000 concertgoers as they performed choreography to songs like “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.”
This blend of classical ballet and contemporary hip-hop was organized by California Philharmonic maestro Victor Vener, who told Buzzfeed News that the idea was born from a desire to showcase “hip-hop dancers doing pinwheels and doing 21st street dance instead of the Russians doing 19th century street dance.”
YouTube user Joel Pashby shot the video and uploaded it on Tuesday. By the time the weekend hit, it was nearing 100,000 views and was being spread across the internet.