I referred to it as the “best kept secret” in Boston arts for the holidays.

It shouldn’t be, however. Now 17 years on, the Tony Williams Dance Center production of the Urban Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition for many and, more importantly, a champion of diversity and inclusion on the Boston scene.

I interviewed dance legend Tony Williams about the origins of the Urban Nutcracker and where it is today. Our chat is below; click here for tickets to and details on this year’s performances.