Dance For Art Inc. 501(c)3 non-profit presents CDDS Nutcracker, under the direction of Miss Carolyn Dutra.
DFA helps keep affordable performance opportunities for our young dancers, beautiful costumes, set designs, choreography, special guest performers and so much more!
Show Times and Dates
*no switching of classes

SHOW 1 Saturday, December 17, 2022 3pm
Smithfield Monday Preschool
Smithfield Monday Primary/Acro
Smithfield Tuesday Preschool
Smithfield Tuesday Primary
Smithfield Tuesday Level 1
Smithfield Tuesday Level 2
Smithfield Saturday Preschool
Smithfields Saturday Primary/Acro
Smithfield Saturday Level 1
All Company Dancers

SHOW 2 Sunday, December 18, 2022 12pm
Cranston Monday Preschool
Cranston Monday Primary/Acro
Cranston Tuesday Level 2
Cranston Wednesday Level 1
Cranston Thursday Primary
Cranston Thursday Preschool
Cranston Saturday Preschool
Cranston Saturday Primary/Acro
Cranston Saturday Level 1
All Company Dancers

SHOW 3 Sunday, December 18, 2022 2:30pm
Smithfield Monday Level 3/4
Warwick Monday Preschool
Warwick Monday Primary/Acro
Warwick Wednesday Preschool
Warwick Wednesday Primary
Warwick Wednesday Level 1
Warwick Wednesday Level 3/4
Warwick Saturday Preschool
Warwick Saturday Primary
Warwick Saturday Level 1
Warwick Saturday Level 2
All Company Dancers

Be a part of a magical Holiday Tradition...THE NUTCRACKER!
This is a wonderful performance opportunity for young dancers afforded by Dance For Art Inc. (DFA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  DFA funds the entire show: costumes, scenery, props, choreographers, rehearsals, everything!

Who is invited:
Preschool, Primary, Level 1-4 and Company Dancers are invited to perform.

Important Dates:
October 1, 2022 = Enrollment closes.
December 17/18, 2022 = Nutcracker Shows

Current recreational students enrolled at CDDS through 9/16/22:
  • We enrolled your dancer in the Nutcracker! No need to set an alarm or calendar reminder, we've done the work for you!
  • If you do NOT want your dancer to be in the Nutcracker, email ASAP by 9/30, and we will delete the enrollment. 
  • If you DO stay enrolled, your primary card on file will be charged 10/1/22 for you. 
Company Students:
  • Already enrolled and paid, included in your DFA dues of 2022-2023 enrollment fees.
Not signed up at CDDS yet? 
  • Deadline to enroll in a class at CDDS and the Nutcracker is October 1, 2022.
  • Enroll in a Preschool, Primary, Level 1/2/3/4 class by October 1, 2022 and start attending classes in October to be eligible for the Nutcracker.
  • You must sign up for both your class (Session:2022-2023) and Nutcracker class (Session: Nutcracker 2022) when you enroll.
What to know before you enroll:
  • Shows are December 17/18, 2022 McVinney Auditorium, Providence (Times TBA). Students must be available both days to enroll.  We will release the schedule ASAP.
  • No Dress Rehearsal for recreational dancers.
  • $15 registration fee to Dance for Art, no refunds
  • Early registration recommended, spots/costumes are limited
  • No switching of classes once enrolled.
  • Routines learned in class, good attendance is a must.
  • All other details to follow
  • Tickets are $25 each.  Sale Dates TBA.
We ask that all dancers participate in the Snacks and Sweets DFA Fundraiser, coming October 1, 2022.

How to Enroll:
  • Login to your online studio account by October 1, 2022.
  • Go to "Enroll" tab
  • Filter class results by your Location and Session: Nutcracker 2022
  • Enroll in the “class” that corresponds to your class, time, day and location. e.g. "Nutcracker Preschool, Saturday 9:45 (Cranston)"
  1. A $15 registration fee per dancer will be posted to your account when enrolling.
  2. Go to "Billing & Payments" in your account to submit the $15 payment with a credit card.  If you do not submit payment, your card on file will be charged for you.

Dear Studio Staff and Teachers,
I just wanted to write to say how amazing, beautiful, and fun the Nutcracker was! I was so impressed with the artistry, choreography, and execution by the dancers. It was truly amazing! Each year, it gets better and better (and each time I think there is no way it could improve!)
Thank you for all you have done for my daughters. We have had such a difficult year and the dance studio (and teachers) have been one of the stable, safe, and happy places/people for all of us. Without the studio in our lives, we would have been lost!
Dear Miss Carolyn,

I am a dad of three dancers at the Greenville studio; twins Alexis and Madelyn (5) and Mackenzie (3).  This is the third year of dance for the twins and the first for Mackenzie.  All of them participated in the Nutcracker performance this weekend.

To say that I am happy with their experience in your studio is an understatement.  I am overjoyed, thrilled, ecstatic that my girls are a part of your studio.  Each weekly rehearsal, dress rehearsal, and performance that I experience further reinforces that my wife and I chose the best studio possible for our girls to learn the art of dance.  I am impressed by the high caliber of dancing at all levels.  Even more importantly, I am impressed at the values, dedication, and nurturing that you instill in the staff (both the teaching staff and the older girls that help out each week in class).  As I am sure you realize, these are the skills that will mean the most to the young girls as they grow older.  Learning dance, and any art for that matter, is not only about the steps, the expression, and the intrinsic thrill that the dancers experience, but also about dedication, perseverance, and a lifelong drive for learning.  It is clear to me that your work and dedication to this is instilled in all the teachers and staff at Carolyn Dutra.
My wife and I are musicians and teachers, so the arts and teaching are very much passions for us.  We have both experienced directors and teachers who are self-serving, relentless, and nasty.  We are all familiar with the infamous Abby Lee Miller, as well.  These kinds of directors may produce a good product, but at what price?  You are the antithesis of this; a model of patience, kindness, and a devotion to the art of dance and the students you work with.

After the dress rehearsal yesterday and the performance today, all my girls could do was talk about it.  The costumes, the characters, Clara, the death scene of the mouse King (Queen?).  They reenacted that several times.  Mackenzie kept talking about the different colored jammies of the girls at the party.  These little things that they remember are sweet, and they will forget about them eventually.  But, they have taken away much more than this from the performance; a good attitude about working hard, a desire to grow, and enthusiasm for dance that will last for many years to come.

I cannot wait to see my girls grow as part of your studio.  I look forward to many more performances in the future.  If there is ever anything my wife or I can do to help support you and the studio, please do not hesitate to let us know.  Please feel free to share this email with any one at the studio that would want to read it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Anthony & Lauren Amitrano