(WINDSOR, ON) – An interpretation of the holiday season in dance comes to the Capitol Theatre the weekend of December 8 through 10. Once Upon A Christmas will feature the dancers of Windsor’s Dance eXperience, a non-profit theatrical dance company.
In the production, a family’s favourite Christmas stories are told through the, “magic of dance.”
Some of the stories will include A Charlie Brown Christmas, Jack Frost, The Little Match Girl, Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer, The Nutcracker, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Little Drummer Boy, The Grinch, Christmas Shoes, The Magic Toy Shop, and The Gift of the Magi.
Vibrant costumes will be worn by the dancers to complement the brilliant lights and sets of the stage. Music will be provided by an 80-member youth orchestra performing in such styles as Pointe, Tap, Swing, Jazz, and Hip Hop, to name a few.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth 12 and under.
The company was formed to give local kids an outlet for their creative and physical activities. On its website, Windsor Dance eXperience says it is, “unique in its efforts to make dance and the theatre experience available to anyone passionate about performing, regardless of his or her background in the arts.”
The troupe was founded by Tiffany Wentzell, with the help of Julia Galli, in 2003. In the beginning there were 20 members and, over the years, new dancers have arrived, with the current roster exceeding 60 members.
Wentzell has been involved in the dance community for a considerable time. After graduating from the WCCA program she joined Live Energy Dance Theatre as a dancer and soon became its choreographer. Subsequently she became the artistic director, where she discovered her true passion of choreography and directing.
Her hope in founding WDX was to create a family oriented company. Since then, she has worked with Ballet Jorgen as the Youth Rehearsal Mistress, Theatre Alive as the co-choreographer of Tommy, Riverfront Theatre Company as choreographer for Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as three different collaborations with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.