Who’s Afraid of a Tap Dance ‘Nutcracker’?

It’s December and the White House is alive with the sound of music — and the joyful sound of tapping feet. What could be more festive, more wholesome?

In a short video posted to Instagram by Jill Biden, a group of dancers perform a tap version of “The Nutcracker.” Shot at the White House for the holiday season, it’s an excerpt from “The Nutcracker Suite,” a production by the award-winning Dorrance Dance, led by Michelle Dorrance.

The clip drew heavy criticism on Fox News and in The New York Post. It was shocking to see something as innocuous as “The Nutcracker” stir up such outrage.

In an interview on Friday, Ms. Dorrance said, “I think my values are about uplifting and protecting human life.”

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