Celtic Rhythms and Summit score big with seasonal dance show

Do you need a little Christmas?

A full house at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre obviously felt it did and performers from Celtic Rhythm Dancers and Summit Dance delivered Saturday night, Dec. 2.

Their event, entitled Christmas and the Holiday Season was filled with seasonal music and lots of charm.

From the innocence of dancers making their first appearances on stage in such numbers as Little Snowflakes and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas to the sly, come hither allure of the senior students in Baby, It’s Cold Outside and the spirituality of Believe, there was a lot to enjoy in a special evening out.

Celtic Rhythm dancers perform’ Somewhere in My Memory’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Numbers like ‘Little Snowflakes’ always draw huge applause from the supportive audience. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Everyone is ready to help ensure that the show goes on. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Elf Ballet is the first Summit Dance number of the night. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’What Christmas Means to Me’ is one of the colourful numbers of the first half of the Celtic Rhythms show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’Jingle Bell Rock’ is a perennial favourite with both dancers and the crowd. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
In’ Linus and Lucy’s Christmas’, there’s fun for all. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’Frosty the Snowman’ gives these young dancers a great chance to shine. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Even little dancers can perform with grace and style, like these two in ‘Frosty’.
The tale of Snoopy and the Red Baron gives these brightly costumed dancers lots of scope. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Everyone in this version of ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’ seems to be looking around for a lost friend. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
These little dancers take the stage to the strains of ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’, (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
This is part of the talented group who danced to ‘Santa Tell Me’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’Christmas is Going to the Dogs’ is the fun theme of this dance. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’ is just one of the traditional carols
Two dancers perform to ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’Run, Run Rudolph’ is an upbeat selection for this t-shirted group of dancers. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Three young dancers perform to ‘When Christmas Comes to Town.” (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Summit hip hop dancers hold an elf party.
These dancers are performing to the otherworldly sound of ‘Men of Snow’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
It’s a ‘Christmas of Love’ in this selection in the second half of the evening. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Peyton and Kennedy Wipplinger dance a traditional ‘Jingle Bell Fling’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
These experienced dancers get to have lots of fun the sophisticated selection, ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’.
These experienced dancers get to have lots of fun the sophisticated selection, ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’Do they know it’s Christmas?’ is a big question that this dance tries to answer.
These elves are from Christmastown.
’O Come All Ye Faithful’ is another of the traditional carols given a Celtic Rhythms touch. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The folks of Whoville are in a mood for Christmas shopping. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The folks of Whoville are in a mood for Christmas shopping. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’ sings the deep voice of this Christmas favourite, danced with gusto to end the show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’ sings the deep voice of this Christmas favourite, danced with gusto to end the show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ricki-Lee Allison of Summit Dance, left, and Judy Hogg of Celtic Rhythm Dancers welcome everyone to the show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen
All the dancers rush towards Santa Claus as he sits in his chair at the end of the show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

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