A dress rehearsal for The Nutcracker.
Dance Centre Kenya’s Christmas production of The Nutcracker, performed at the National Theatre in Nairobi with the Nairobi Philharmonic Orchestra and guest musicians from overseas, is a highlight of the capital’s cultural and social calendar
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Members of Dance Centre Kenya (DCK) perform during a production of The Nutcracker with the Nairobi Philharmonic Orchestra
Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images Dance Centre Kenya is a pre-professional dance school based in Nairobi that gives students opportunities to perform full-length dance productions such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Les Sylphides, Cinderella and many more DCK, founded by several families in early 2015, teaches more than 700 students at three studios in Nairobi, and provides lessons based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus Cooper Rust (right), a professional US ballerina and the artistic director of DCK, watches in the wings The US conductor Jonathan Rush conducts the Nairobi Philharmonic Orchestra for the production