A local dance company will again do its part to get people into the holiday spirit, while also raising some money for a good cause.
On Sunday, Dec. 10, the Dianne Haduck Studio of Dance will hold its 20th annual Christmas show at 2 p.m. at Riverside Junior-Senior High School in Taylor.
Tickets to the show, titled “The Spirit of Christmas,” are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds will benefit the family of Riverside first-grade student Brogan Perfilio, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.
For two decades now, Haduck, a learning support teacher at Riverside, has been putting on the show as a showcase for the talents of her students — and to demonstrate the spirit and generosity of the holiday season.
In past years, she said, proceeds from the show have been donated to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen and various local families experiencing health crises.
“I’m a mom, I have three daughters, so my heart goes out to the family,” Haduck said. “We’re going to try to raise between $1,000 and $1,500. We’re hoping to get a nice crowd. The Christmas show is so emotional to me, because if you can help just one person during the holidays, it’s worth it.”
Besides the entry fee, the show will feature a large selection of basket raffles, Haduck said.
“The moms at the studio have been so gracious in getting the baskets together,” she said. “It’s nice that everyone is helping out.”
The 90-minute show will feature 60 of the studio’s students, ages 4 through 18, performing choreographed routines in a variety of styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop. Haduck choreographs all the numbers with the studio’s other teachers.
Of course, the soundtrack will be entirely Christmas-themed, featuring about 18 songs in total. They include well-known renditions of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Where Are You, Christmas?” and “Santa Baby.”
“There’s just something about these songs that make you think about Christmas,” Haduck said.
At the end of the show, the audience will be treated to a guest appearance by the big man himself.
“Santa comes out and dances with the girls. He does a little kick line,” Haduck said with a laugh.
Haduck said the Riverside auditorium always makes for a nice venue, and she expects a typically robust crowd to come out and support the dancers.
“The community does come out. And I think now that they know who we’re doing it for, they’re more likely to come out and spend an afternoon with us,” she said. “The girls work hard. It’s a lot of time and effort, and we really do put a good show together. And, of course, you always have your eye on the end goal, why you’re doing it – to raise money for a good cause.
“I think it’s a great way to start the holiday season.”
If you go What: “The Spirit of Christmas,” presented by the Dianne Haduck Studio of Dance
When: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
Where: Riverside Junior-Senior High School, 310 Davis St., Taylor
Details: Admission is $10, with tickets available at the door. For more information, contact Haduck at 570-562-2060 or 570-575-1775.