What do you do with a Christmas song that’s both beloved and predictable? If you’re the Charleston Ballet Theater, you put a modern, fun-loving spin on it. That’s exactly what they’re doing with their performance of Twelve Days of Christmas, shaking up the well-known carol by adding in some African beats, Duke Ellington, and plenty of modern Christmas tunes. “It’s extremely light-hearted,” says CBT’s Jill Eathorne Bahr. “For example, the three French hens are French can-can girls complete with bird feathers, and four calling birds are four male dancers in tuxedos dressed as black crows.” There’s even a verse that’s given a Radio City Rockettes feel. Since each dance is fairly short and there’s plenty of variety, it could be the perfect way to introduce the kids to ballet. If they don’t start crying, you’ll know you’re in the clear for the Nutcracker.