This December, Northwest Dance Studio is bringing the back-story of Christmas to young and old with Christmas ReCreated – a unique and inspiring dance production of human shadow forms that come together in a moving illustration of the 7 days of creation and beyond. The live show features original choreography with contemporary dance styles, popular and original music, and a large screen backdrop.
“We couldn't be more excited about this year’s performance,” says Sarah Swindell, Director of Northwest Dance Studio. “We've added some really cool illusions that the audience just won't expect, as well as amazing details to the lighting, which will include the projection of certain images.” The performance will take the audience on a captivating journey back in time to the very beginning of human existence, exploring the very first love story.
The production will showcase Northwest Dance Company and student performers from as young as 3 years of age in a dizzying combination of dance styles including contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical, jazz and tap dance--mostly behind 1 large, illuminated screen. Layers of 3-dimensional, interactive elements and illusions create a full-on sensory experience as dancers appear in a colorful display during pivotal encounters. Featuring both popular and original music written and recorded at Northwest's private recording studio, the performance follows Adam and Eve's journey from the beginning of time, through betrayal of trust and broken relationships, to the very first Christmas when a glimmer of hope appears.
This year's show features the return of dance professional and celebrity Peter Sabasino of So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6 who will be performing a key role in the show. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Peter again,” says Studio Director Sarah Swindell. “He creates a safe and fun environment and makes every dancer in the room feel special and important.”
Peter’s fiancé Elysia Pereira, also a seasoned dance professional and choreographer, is working with Sarah Swindell on the show's choreography. “Elysia’s eye for detail and storytelling is simply brilliant. She is such a talented choreographer and I learn so much from her every time we work together.”
Christmas ReCreated will be performed at Northwest Church Auditorium, 5495 Clarcona-Ocoee Rd, Orlando, FL 32810 in December 2017. Performances are free to the public at these times:
● Friday, December 15, 7pm (Doors 6:30pm)
● Sunday, December 17, 9:30am & 12pm
Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Free nursery/childcare (up to age 5) is available during Sunday performances.
About Northwest Dance Studio
Northwest Dance Studio is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2005 with the adjoining Northwest Church donating the space and financial support to get the studio off the ground. Founder and director Sarah Swindell brings her more than 15 years of professional dance experience to give the studio's students, mostly children, and teens, the opportunity to learn multiple forms of dance and perform on a stage – an opportunity many would otherwise miss during childhood.
Beyond teaching technique in the realms of contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap and aerial dance, the studio's focus is on instilling confidence, integrity and positive self-image in its students that they can use in everyday life to achieve their dreams. Northwest Dance Studio also strives to create a safe environment for each dancer, whose ages range from 3 – 30+ years, providing dance and performance art in the underserved Pine Hills area of Orlando.
A key component of the studio's mission is to not turn away any student -- even those who are not able to afford the price of classes are put on a scholarship program where they can provide support to the studio through helping tasks in exchange for their classes. In addition, in comparison to other dance studios in the region, classes are always offered at low rates with each class costing $12. Students are never penalized for missing a class and they are able to use every class purchased at any time.
"Over the years, our little unassuming facility has offered hundreds of children and adults the opportunity to dance, grow and express themselves," said Studio Director Sarah Swindell. "We have seen children with ADHD and behavior problems improve, and life-changing growth in our students of all ages. It's not just about dance; it is about helping our students find a positive self-image to help them grow."
Beyond Christmas ReCreated, Northwest Dance Studio produces a series of seasonal dance performances, event performances for The Lovely Project, and a Diary Series, where dancers can utilize artistic movement and expression to share and recover from traumatic moments in their lives. All students have the opportunity to audition for the studio's Dance Company and Jr. Dance Company.
For more information about Northwest Dance Studio visit www.NWDanceOrlando.com.