Dancers from ages 4-18, wowed the crowds with a range of dance styles, from lyrical to jazz.
Performing in solos, duets and groups, the youth danced to contemporary and classic Christmas music.
“There was a lot of variety,” said showcase coordinator Kattie Piazza, who also coaches the Grant Union Gold varsity dance team. “I’m super proud of the dancers and all their hard work.”
Nikki Jones, a Grant Union Gold dancer who also performed a solo to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” said the showcase was a great experience.
“It’s always fun to have the little kids performing, so they can experience the world of dance,” she said.
Coach Jennifer Hughes and her assistant Ashleigh Romero led the Dancing Divas (Level 3), a group of 17 dancers in third through fifth grades.
They also coached the sixth- through eighth-grade junior high team, called the Divas Divine.
“We’re seeing a lot of talent from these girls,” Hughes said. “When they reach high school, it will be amazing.”
Other groups included the Tiny Twisters (Level 1), age 4 through kindergarten, coached by Autumn Holland and assistant Tasha Lundbom, and the Twinkle Toes (Level 2) group of first- and second-graders, coached by Trista DeRosier and assistants Caroline Colson and Tasha Lundbom.
More than 400 audience members attended the showcase.
The event is the main fundraiser for the Gold dancers to help pay for their costumes and travel expenses.
“I’m super blessed with the turnout we’ve had,” Piazza said. “I want to thank all the high school dance team parents for all their help with tickets, tables and baked goods.”
She said she was pleased with her team’s performances.
“This team has so much talent and drive,” she said. “I think they’re going to have a great year.”