"Shondaland" Is Expanding to the Dance World—Just In Time for "Nutcracker" Mania

Debbie Allen's production "Hot Chocolate Nutcracker" (via Black Cultural Events)

Shonda Rhimes, the TV queen responsible for iconic hits like "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and "How to Get Away with Murder," is working on a dance documentary with Debbie Allen—and we're SUPER pumped.


It's no secret that we love a good dance film around here. So when Netflix announced this past weekend that the company is producing not one, not two, but EIGHT new projects with TV legend Shonda Rhimes and that one of those projects would be a dance documentary with the one and only Debbie Allen, we collectively freaked. Anything Rhimes touches turns to TV gold and anything Allen touches turns to dance gold. Aka, it's a match made in heaven.

The doc will be a behind-the-scenes look into Debbie Allen's renowned production the Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. ICYMI, the show is an updated take on the classic Nutcracker ballet, featuring new characters like three sarcastic mice as narrators, an original score from composers including Mariah Carey, and a multi-genre approach to the choreography (hip hopping candy canes anyone?!).

No word yet on a release date, but we're desperately hoping Netflix plans to gift us with this dance gem this holiday season when Nutcracker mania is in full swing. We'll keep you posted!

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