‘Nutcracker: Short ’N’ Suite’ at Woodrow tonight and tomorrow

DALLAS, TX 10/06/2015 Lisa Moya-King poses for a portrait at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, TX on Oct. 6, 2015. King didn't begin her dance career until she her mid-20s when she enrolled at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. She eventually took a job teaching dance to high school students, some of which went on to receive scholarships and prestige. Credit: Danny Fulgencio
Lisa Moya-King with her students at Woodrow Wilson High School (photo by Danny Fulgencio)

You read about Woodrow Wilson High School dance teacher Lisa King in this month’s magazine, and now you can watch her students in action.

King’s students are performing in “Nutcracker: Short ’N’ Suite” tonight and tomorrow tonight, Dec. 8 and 9, at 7 p.m. in the Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium, 100 S. Glasgow. Tickets range from $6-$10 and can be purchased in advance at woodrowwildcats.org or at the door.

Woodrow preps for a shortened version of the "Nutcracker." (provided photo)
Woodrow preps for a shortened version of the “Nutcracker.” (provided photo)

For the December magazine, King told us about the history of the dance program at Woodrow — a program Woodrow principal Kyle Richardson says she single-handedly built after moving to Woodrow from Alex W. Spence Middle School in 2009.

“When I first came to Woodrow, I didn’t have anything,” King told us, remembering the years when her students danced in a gym, an old auto mechanic shop, portables, and sometimes the school cafeteria.

Since then her company has grown from one of the largest in Dallas ISD, and a $14 million school expansion package in 2013 provided her with a new, beautiful dance studio.

Read the rest of the story, and then plan to watch her students dance their shortened version of the “Nutcracker” this week.

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