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Broadway-Style Dance Extravaganza Welcomes Christmas Season

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Oklahoma City University’s world-renowned American Spirit Dance Company will celebrate Christmas through tap, jazz, ballet and musical theater dance as the annual Home for the Holidays Christmas show returns to the Kirkpatrick Auditorium stage Dec. 8 to 11.

Nearly 125 dancers, under the direction of OCU award-winning Dance Chair Jo Rowan, will perform longtime audience favorites and a wide array of new numbers.

The show opens with a high-energy office party celebration of the beginning of the holiday season followed by a humorous commentary on the remoteness of relationships caused by an overuse of electronic devices. It then moves to a tap celebration of Christmas in Hawaii before snow and ice skating cool things off.

Several dances tap into the longing for friends and relatives who are far away during the holiday season and the emotions caused by separation due to varying circumstances.

OCU is known for many graduates and former students who have enjoyed careers as Rockettes. Many began their careers with the annual favorite “Santa Kickline.” A new “Jingle Bells Kickline” has been added to this year’s show. Other annual favorites are “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” a precision tap number, and “March of the Toy Soldiers,” a tour de force by male dancers.

The show concludes with a Nativity and a joyful celebration of the meaning of Christmas with well wishes for all.

“Home for the Holidays is a fast-moving, beautiful and entertaining show with something for everyone,” Rowan said.

Home for the Holidays is recommended for ages 6 and up. Show times are 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $29 each and can be purchased by calling 405-208-5227 or visiting okcu.edu/tickets. Group rates offering substantial savings are available for churches, schools, independent living centers and similar organizations.

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