Miss Jackie’s School of Dance is staging ‘A Christmas Recital’ for the third year on The Crescent in Camana Bay. The dynamic and festive dance show on Wednesday will offer lively entertainment in a convivial setting and is always a popular choice for a pre-Christmas family outing, especially where young children are concerned.
Free and open to the public, the event – including ballet, tap and modern jazz dance – starts at 6:30 p.m. and will last approximately an hour with no intermission. Those wanting to attend are advised to be on time as the 300 seats are always taken quickly, though standing room is available.
Staged and choreographed by Miss Jackie, the show promises to “transport the audience into a magical Christmas Wonderland through dance,” said the dance instructor.
Performers from 4 to 50-something will stage a series of dances choreographed to Christmas carols and other popular tunes.
“Our students have been practicing very hard for the recital,” said “Miss Jackie” Balls. “From the babies to the adults, everyone has been diligently learning their dances to ensure a wonderful evening’s entertainment.
“Also very exciting for the school is that some of our past students who are either studying or working abroad will be in Cayman for Christmas and will also be performing at the recital.
“This year … there’s a little something in the program for everyone. The evening will certainly get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
“We hope that everyone … will come and join us, if only for an hour, to be transported into a magical Christmas wonderland with dance and music,” she said.
Miss Jackie’s School of Dance was formed in 1973, and she has staged many productions over the years. Her alumni can be found throughout the Cayman Islands. She introduced hundreds of young children to the world of dance, and some may remember her shows in the Town Hall. “The Nutcracker” and “Alice in Wonderland” are just two of the classic ballets she produced.
For children growing up in Cayman at the time, the arrival of the costumes was one of the most exciting parts of being in Miss Jackie’s ballets, she recalls, as nothing like them was sold on the island. Satin and tulle tutus would be handed out to all the young dancers. A number of her students graduated to toe shoes and went on to pursue dance professionally.
Miss Jackie’s school offers all levels of classes in a wide range of dance forms. The school also supports many local charities with their free of charge performances.
For more information, visit missjackieschoolofdance.com.