150 dancers to showcase talents in winter recital

Art in Motion School of Dance hosts 3 performances in Fairfield’s arts center.

Art in Motion School of Dance will present its annual winter dance recital, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” at the Fairfield Community Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 20. Performances will be held at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Andrea Dotson, owner and artistic director for Art in Motion School of Dance, said the winter program will feature about 150 of the school’s recreational and competitive dancers, ages 2 and older.

“We really like the holiday recital, because it brings in a lot of families from out of town, and they have a chance to see some of their family members dance in the show,” Dotson said.

Recreational dancers will dance to holiday music and showcase a number of styles, including jazz, tap, hip hop and lyrical. Competitive or company dancers will highlight the routines that they will perform at upcoming competitions, which will start in February.

“This is one big performance we put together for the holidays. For many of the students, it’s their first time on stage, and it’s fun to see how they are going to respond to being on the stage. At two years old, you never know if they are going to run off the stage crying, stand there waiving to their mom and dad, or absolutely do their best,” Dotson said.

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Each year, the studio located in the Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center, hosts a winter recital in December and a spring recital in June. The production attracts audiences from Hamilton, Oxford, Fairfield, Trenton, West Chester Twp. and the surrounding communities, according to Dotson.

“We always trying to make the holiday recital really special. At the end of the recital, we invite Santa Claus, and he comes out on the stage and visits with everyone. And, we always have goodies we pass out to our kids, so it’s a lot of fun. It gets everyone into the holiday spirit,” she said.

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