The American Spirit Dance Company will kick off the Christmas season with the annual Home for the Holidays dance show, performed Dec. 11-14 in Kirkpatrick Auditorium.
The Christmas dance show, resembling Radio City Christmas Spectacular, will feature singing, dancing and acting, showcasing the versatility of OCU’s musical theater-based dance program.
Its two acts consist of a mixture of tap, jazz, ballet and theater dance pieces.
Each dance is double-cast to promote involvement and display the talent of as many students as possible.
Spectacles such as tap dancing penguins and a Christmas tree ballet add to the annual soldiers’ dance and Santa kick line to create an energetic first act. The second act is more spiritual, featuring a journey of angels dance, giant nativity and classical jazz number composed by Mason Williams, an OCU graduate. The night will close with Handel’s Hallelujah.
Home for the Holidays runs next weekend, with performances at 8 p.m. on December 11-13 and 2 p.m. on the 13 and 14. Tickets are $32 per person, but group rates are available through the ticket office upon request.
Because this show is self-produced by the American Spirit Dance Company, receiving no production funds from the university, all ticket proceeds go toward next year’s costumes. The costumes add up to more than 7,000 pieces each year.
“Ranging from tap dancing penguins to solemn spiritual pieces, the show contains acts that will make grandpa, mom and dad, and the kids happy,” said Jo Rowan, chairman of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance & Arts Management, founder of the OCU Dance Program, and director and founder of the American Spirit Dance Company.
“It’s a Christmas gift to Oklahoma City for the entire family from our school of dance and arts management.”