Festive fun: United Dance Productions is to host its first major Christmas show at Whitney Institute next Wednesday and Thursday. *Photo supplied
Festive fun: United Dance Productions is to host its first major Christmas show at Whitney Institute next Wednesday and Thursday. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9: United Dance Productions is to stage its first major Christmas dance and will feature a whole host of characters including little elves, drummer boys and jesters.

Around 50 students will bring festive cheer to Whitney Institute dancing to an array of Christmas songs in a variety of eye-catching costumes.

A Soulful Christmas takes place on December 14 and 15 from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Suzette Harvey, owner of United Dance Productions said: “The only other Christmas show we did was back in 1995 but this is our first ‘official’ Christmas show. We are not using every class at the school as we thought it would be a little overwhelming. I wanted to keep the show diverse in terms of age and discipline. My reason to do a Christmas show was to bring unity to the community through dance. People should come out to see it as it is so rich and beautiful and vibrant.”

Eight teachers have choreographed numerous dances that will be performed on the night. The line-up includes a senior tap dance to Little Drummer Boy and a modern piece to Christina Aguilera’s version of Oh Holy Night. Other festive tunes include Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Santa Clause is Coming to Town and All I Want for Christmas is You (about a little girl who misses her daddy).

Bermuda’s own professional and internationally respected choreographer Eric Bean’s latest routine Testimonies will be performed by the mature dancers or “old heads” as Harvey affectionately calls them.

There will be a total 20 dances on the night which includes a special performance by The Bermuda Squad who have joined the school as part of a community project put together by Harvey and Shane Powell. The group is made up of predominantly of young men and boys who would not traditionally attend a dance school.

The boys have been given free tuition by Harvey and they have built up a reggae dancehall routine which they will perform to a rendition of Go Tell It To The Mountain.

“Reggae dance is not usually under the traditional dance umbrella but neither was hip hop a few years ago. When Shane brought these boys to me I was happy to teach them as I believed in what he was doing.”

The Bermuda Squad have made numerous public appearances now including recently at the Beach Fest.

TICKETS ARE $25 for general admission, $20 for students and $50 for patrons. They are available from UDP at 75 Court Street on Saturdays from 9pm to 2pm or from Liberty Theatre from 9pm to 7pm.