Stepping Out

Smuin's ‘Christmas Ballet’ closes Thursday

The live performances are over, but recorded versions of Smuin’s first virtual edition of its annual “The Christmas Ballet” will be offered today and Thursday.

Featuring classical ballet and contemporary numbers, the online show highlights time-honored favorites and surprises set to holiday tunes, incorporating ballet, tap, jazz and swing.
Two programs

Programs A and B include a variety of livestreamed performances by different pods of Smuin artists dancing classic Christmas ballet works, along with premieres from company artists and Smuin alumni Amy Seiwert, Rex Wheeler and Ben Needham-Wood, an Emmy-winning choreographer.

Surprise highlights from previous performances, such as “Santa Baby,” also will be shown.

Smuin artists returned to the studio in the fall to work in small pods on solos and duets, with physical contact restricted, to allow performers to safely work in selected pairings.

Program A – featuring Smuin artists Brandon Alexander, Cassidy Isaacson, Terez Dean Orr and John Speed Orr – unveils the world premiere of Seiwert’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” The program also includes a contemporary new work by Isaacson set to indie artist Harry Hudson’s “‘Zat You Santa Claus?,” Wheeler’s “Silver Bells,” Nicole Haskins’ playful “J-I-N-G-L-E Bells” and Michael Smuin’s “Domine” and “La Virgen.” Recordings of select dances from previous “Christmas Ballet” performances also will be shown. The recorded version will be streamed at 7:30 p.m. today.

Program B features Smuin artists Ian Buchanan, Maggie Carey, Tess Lane, and Max van der Sterre, and includes the world premiere of Wheeler’s “Snow Day,” set to the Johnny Mathis classic “Sleigh Ride.”
There also will be a new version of “White Christmas” – choreographed by the dancers of this pod – along with Smuin’s “Riu, riu, chiu” and “Hodie Cristus Natus Est,” as well as “Zither Carol” and a pas de deux set to Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper.” Recordings of select dances from previous “Christmas Ballet” performances also will be shown. The recorded version will be streamed at noon Thursday.

Tickets are $49-$139.

For tickets and more information, visit smuinballet.org.

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