chocolate-nutcracker_web.jpgThe Chocolate Nutcracker is based on the traditional Nutcracker by George Balanchine. The Chocolate Nutcracker gives a black perspective to the age-old tale that has been a holiday tradition for many years. Ashanti Cultural Arts will present its version through performances of African dancers & drummers, Indian, Chinese, classical, carnival and modern dancers. The Kwanzaa story will be presented with a musical score that ranges from classical to jazz.

The staging will be 7 p.m. Dec. 14, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $15 at

Ashanti was founded in March of 1990  in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by Linda Houston Jones. The name Ashanti is a royal West  African tribe  known for its cultural richness and diversity.

Ashanti Cultural Arts provides a variety of programs to enrich lives of all youngsters and adults through instruction in dance, music, literacy and wellness. Itis dedicated to providing outreach programs to the underserved communities throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Ashanti’s classes and programs are held at the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For other information email: