It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas |

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

The lights of the high school auditorium dim.The red velvet curtain opens to a colorful set.”Da dada dada da tada” erupts from the orchestra pit.Symphony in the Valley and Glenwood Dance Academy’s Danse Arts Theatre are recreating the dance scene from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”In this first weekend of December, the two groups present the holiday program, “Dancing Into Christmas.””I’m hoping we’ll get people who normally would not come to a dance program because of the symphony,” says dance teacher Claire Evans, from a seat near the back of the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.Musicians and dancers from across the valley are coming together this weekend to perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker,” and other holiday favorites. “Dancing Into Christmas” takes place at 7 p.m. today and there is a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee at the GSHS auditorium.

This year’s holiday show includes as many as 75 dancers donning costumes ranging from the Sugar Plum Fairy to high-stepping Rockettes.”The challenge this year is we have so many more children performing,” Evans said.Evans says to expect a little “Jingle Bell Rock” and “White Christmas” to fill the auditorium this weekend. She’s thinking the recent snowfall will create a merry mood for the holidays.”Hopefully the weather will put people in the Christmas spirit so they’ll come and see our show,” she said.Jacquie Meitler, Symphony in the Valley director, said the community should come out to hear holiday music, enjoy classically trained dancers, and bid farewell to an old friend.”This will be the last concert performed in the high school auditorium, since the remodel will going on at the end of the school year,” she said.Then, on Sunday, the red velvet curtain will close.

And lights of the auditorium will dim – for now.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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