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Congratulations are in order for Debbie Allen and all the participants in her production of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker!

The Debbie Allen Dance Academy received an early Christmas present this year — the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award. According to reports, the award-winning choreographer’s show beat out nearly 60 other productions for the title.

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Her show begins when young Kara Johnson receives a nutcracker filled with hot chocolate, falls asleep and the nutcracker comes alive. Written and directed by the “Fame” star, the show stars Allen and Carlo Imperato and had an original score by Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, James Ingram and Thump.

Voting for the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is determined by Goldstar members who rate and review “The Nutcracker” productions they recently attended. Allen’s academy, which was founded by Allen and Norman Nixon in 2001, will also win a cash prize.

Each year, the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award aims “to shine a spotlight on the wide variety of nationwide productions of the holiday classic The Nutcracker.”

This is Allen’s second win. Her dance academy also took home “The Nutty” award in 2010.

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