From 3-year-old Candy Cane dancers, tap dancing reindeer, artwork and theatrical performances, Jackson School of the Arts students are showing off their talents at the inaugural Holiday Extravaganza.
The extravaganza is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Michigan Theatre, 124 N. Mechanic St. It is open to the public.
While the school located at 634 Mechanic St. has other recitals and showcases throughout the year, Executive Director Kim Curtis said the Holiday Extravaganza is a chance to show off all of JSA’s talent at once.
“It’s really great to give the kids something to work toward,” Curtis said. “But it also gives us a chance to show all of our programs. You’re going to see dance, our theater students and artwork from our art students all at once.”
The show will feature 17 performances of different dance genres and theater.
Performances include scenes from the classic Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker” and more contemporary dance genres like tap, hip hop and even contortionists.
Featured dancers also include Detroit-based street performing group “Fresh Classics” and University of Michigan dance student Annelise Senkowski.
A slideshow will showcase JSA students’ artwork from the past 12-week session.
Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 17. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of Jackson School of the Arts. Tickets also can be purchased at the door the day of the event for $10.
Curtis hopes the event becomes a holiday tradition, she said.
“We want everyone to have a great experience, just a really great experience,” she said. “We want to make this a Christmas tradition and build upon this.”
The holiday season is the perfect time to bring families together to see the talents of Jackson’s youth, said Amy Fracker, JSA assistant director.
“Our students love to perform and have that goal of performing,” she said. “What better time than when family and friends might be in town and are able to see a showcase of everything we do.”
Jackson School of the Arts offers arts education programs to children and teenagers from throughout Jackson County. The school bases its tuition fees on household income.