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Del Oro dancers take the stage for literacy

By: Staff Report
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Del Oro High School dance brings a classic Christmas tale to life with a show that will benefit literacy. Dance students present the extravaganza “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9; and at 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Del Oro Performing Arts Theater. In this version of the classic tale, the mice are not only stirring, they are decorating the Christmas tree. The magic continues with snowflakes flurrying, reindeer prancing, elves packing Santa’s sack, and, of course, Santa delivering lots of dancing presents to the stocking kids. According to Dawn Kenniston, Del Oro dance teacher, the spectacular production features 120 dance students in over 200 visually stunning costumes. She said Del Oro Principal Dan Gayaldo will narrate the show, and teachers Stephanie White and Dustin Fee will perform as “Ma and Pa.” The Friday night show will also be told in American Sign Language by school interpreter, Lori Paskey. Del Oro dance items and Christmas ornaments will be available in the lobby, so the audience can do some Christmas shopping while supporting dance at Del Oro. Children, who bring a book to donate, will get to meet and greet Santa and his elves and reindeer one hour before show time. The book drive is part of a year-long dance team service project dedicated to literacy. As the holiday show is a book brought to life through dance, the team thought this would be a perfect cause to get behind. Earlier in the year team members helped Loomis Grammar School students practice their reading skills, and they also manned a reading booth at Downtown Thursday Nights in Loomis. The books collected at performances will go to the Kenyatta Children’s Hospital, in Kenya. Team member Sam Hazen visited this hospital last summer and was struck by the lack of activities for children recovering at the hospital. Sam thought that the dance team and the community could make a difference in these children’s lives by collecting books to send to the hospital library. The Saturday matinee will benefit the National Honor Society for Dance Arts Scholarship fund. Each year, the ticket sales from the matinee fund the scholarship, and at the end of the year, senior dancers who have earned membership plus five points, split the amount raised. Dancers earn points towards membership by taking classes, performing, choreographing, constructing costumes, helping with publicity, attending workshops and being senior instructors for Dance 1 classes. This year, eight students are in line to earn a scholarship. They are Annie Mishler, Olivia Sayad, Mandi Miceli, Jordan Archer, Meghan Trask, Makenzie Kirkwood, Lacy Scogin and Emily McCauley. “TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” What: Dance show Who: Del Oro High School Dance When: 7 p.m., Dec. 9; 2 and 7p.m., Dec. 10; children bringing a book donation can meet Santa and his elves and reindeer one hour before show time. Where: Del Oro High School Performing Arts Theatre, 3301 Taylor Rd. Admission: $7 evening shows, $5 matinee Tickets: Del Oro front office, or at door Information: 652-7243 or puhsd.k12.ca.us/deloro/ ~ Staff report