The Ann Lacy School of Dance’s Home for the Holidays is moving into its final rehearsals.
Home for the Holidays is an annual production performed by the American Spirit Dance Company and directed by Jo Rowan, dance chair of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment.
The production consists of 130 dancers performing in a variety of styles including jazz, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, musical theater, and more.
Rowan said it takes great preparation to create the show.
“This takes real organization, and when it works well, people think it’s just easy because it looks good and everybody’s happy,” she said. “I can remember when I used to be in the business and people would not prepare properly because they were ‘artistic,’ and I used to think to myself, ‘I’m artistic.’”
Emily Jones, dancing junior, said she likes the technical process of the performance because everything comes together onstage.
“The best part for me is the tech rehearsals,” Jones said. “That first reveal for me is always so magical.”
Rowan said she hopes to leave the audience thinking about the true spirit of the season.
“We bring the curtain down to let people go into intermission thinking about what is the real meaning of Christmas,” she said. “People have problems with the people they come in contact with. Citizens have problems when they worry about their country. Humanity has a problem when they worry about the world. So forget your problems for a few moments and think about what Christmas is really about.”
Home for the Holidays will be performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 7-9 and 2 p.m. Dec 9-10 in the Kirkpatrick Auditorium.
Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 405-208-5227. Student, faculty and staff tickets are $21.85, single tickets are $29.85 and group tickets (parties of eight or more) are $18.85.
Rowan said she wants people to remember how much they have to be thankful for.
“This is your thank you card to God: You think, you love, you move,” she said.