By CLINT FOSTER
According to Will Ferrell’s character “Buddy” in the beloved Christmas movie “Elf,” “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
But it would appear dancing is a perfectly sufficient alternative.
The students of Dancin’ Etc. have been hard at work, preparing to dance their way into Mineral Wells’ collective hearts and spread Christmas cheer at their annual Holiday recital, this year dubbed “A Powell Christmas.”
This year’s performance will be held at Powell Auto Center at 4316 U.S. Highway 180, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 19. The free show will also have cookies and hot chocolate for sale as well as a visit from Santa Claus – who will happily take pictures with all those in attendance.
The studio, celebrating its 30th year this season, will feature approximately 96 energetic young dancers from eight different classes at their Christmas special this year, with styles including ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, cheerleading and even acrobatics.
Studio owner LeAnn Davis called the program “all around family entertainment.”
She added a large part of the recitals charm is the emphasis on tradition and dances that have been passed down from generation to generation.
“A lot of our routines that we do every Christmas are traditional routines,” she said. “[Some of our] little girls do a tap dance to ‘Jingle Bells’ with a desk bell on the floor.
“My teacher taught that to me when I was growing up. Most of the routines have been passed down through the years and it’s a tradition that we bring them back out and teach them to the students.”
Davis said some of the other traditional dances include one about a doll that needs to get repaired before Christmas called “Are My Ears on Straight?” and another dance set to the popular song “Santa Baby.”
Another class does a tap routine inspired by the famous Radio City Rockettes of New York.
“It’s a little bit of everything for all ages,” Davis said. “It’s just really family entertainment. These kids love the applause and the magic of the Holiday season.”
2013 has been a big year for anniversaries in the Davis family, as LeAnn’s husband is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of his business: Davis Glass and Body Shop.
Although classes are full and registration is closed for this 30th season at Dancin’ Etc., it’s not too early to consider registering for next year.
For more information about registration for Dancin’ Etc. next August, call (940) 325-4198.