St. Augustine fifth annual St. Augustine Winter Spectacular will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada St. The performance is presented by The Dance Company, a nonprofit that trains over 300 local dancers.
The show is family friendly, and fuses a variety of dance styles while telling a holiday story.
“Live entertainment and quality performances can be such a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends and get in the holiday spirit,” says Executive Artistic Director Stephanie Burkhardt, who wrote the show and is one of the many choreographers.
Burkhardt created the show after visiting New York City and being inspired by the Radio City Rockettes and Broadway performances.
This year, former Radio City Rockette Ashley Adams choreographed one of the kick-line dances in the show.
“The dancers have trained with a variety of Rockettes, and we are so excited to have Ashley back to train the girls and choreograph one of our most popular dances in the show,” Burkhardt says.
Each year, the story has progressed, and there are always new characters, costumes and choreography. Of course, many familiar favorites will return as well.
The story centers around a young girl, played by Lola Newman, who embarks on a journey to the North Pole when Santa Claus accidentally leaves his toy bag by her fireplace.
The show has become a holiday tradition for many locals and visitors.
This year, the show will feature professional dancers as dolls in the “Out of the Bag” scene and a pas de deux later in the show featuring Lara Tant and cavalier Richard Glover. Tant and Glover have partnered together for five years and have collectively trained and performed with The School of American Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, English National Ballet and The Royal Opera House.
Tickets range from $15 to $25 in advance and $20 to $30 at the door.
For information, call 471-4946 or go to thedanceco.com.