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To the young dancers taking Ballet I at the Englewood Dance Academy, "The Nutcracker" was a computer-animated video starring Barbie as Clara and Ken as the Nutcracker prince.
But before they had the chance to see Tchaikovsky's classic holiday tale live, they got to dance in it on stage.
The Englewood Dance Academy was one of six Charlotte County dance studios participating in the Dec. 7 performance of "The Nutcracker," sponsored by the Society for Entertainment and Arts Development.
Each dance studio took on one of the major dances in the second act, and the 13 ballet students at …