VIDEO: Christmas arrives in Cowichan with Celtic Rhythms, Summit Dance show

‘Ring Those Christmas Bells’ is choreographed by Judy Hogg. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘Ring Those Christmas Bells’ is choreographed by Judy Hogg. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Suzy Snowflake’ offers the kids a chance to have lots of fun. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘Suzy Snowflake’ offers the kids a chance to have lots of fun. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
There’s plenty of sparkle in ‘Show Me the Magic’.There’s plenty of sparkle in ‘Show Me the Magic’.
‘Flight’ is a graceful number, choreographed by Paulina Kee. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘Flight’ is a graceful number, choreographed by Paulina Kee. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Night Before Christmas is a big number to end the formal part of the show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)The Night Before Christmas is a big number to end the formal part of the show. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Christmas of Love’ is a favourite song in these events. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘Christmas of Love’ is a favourite song in these events. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ballet students from Ricki-Lee Allison’s Summit Dance troupe perform in ‘Kids and Toys’.Ballet students from Ricki-Lee Allison’s Summit Dance troupe perform in ‘Kids and Toys’.
Tiny Olivia Dale is obviously enjoying herself in ‘The Reindeer Rock’ at the Celtic Rhythms/Summit Dance show last weekend. For more from the show, see page 21. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Tiny Olivia Dale is obviously enjoying herself in ‘The Reindeer Rock’ at the Celtic Rhythms/Summit Dance show last weekend. For more from the show, see page 21. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Warm and colourful costumes plus choreography by Mary-Kate Cross and Taryn Neligan make ‘The Best Christmas Ever’ really fun. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Warm and colourful costumes plus choreography by Mary-Kate Cross and Taryn Neligan make ‘The Best Christmas Ever’ really fun. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Nuttin’ for Christmas’ is what these kids have been promised. Do they care? Nope. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘Nuttin’ for Christmas’ is what these kids have been promised. Do they care? Nope. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Summit’s hip hop gang have fun in ‘Kids & Toys’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Summit’s hip hop gang have fun in ‘Kids & Toys’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The mini hip hop kids from Summit Dance perform to ‘Jingle Bells’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)The mini hip hop kids from Summit Dance perform to ‘Jingle Bells’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
“Where Did My Snowman Go?’ asks a dancer in this sweet number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)“Where Did My Snowman Go?’ asks a dancer in this sweet number. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Savanna MacDonald choreographed ‘Sleigh Ride’ for this group of Celtic Rhythms dancers. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Savanna MacDonald choreographed ‘Sleigh Ride’ for this group of Celtic Rhythms dancers. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Although this is a colourful Christmas-y show, these are still highland dancers after all. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Although this is a colourful Christmas-y show, these are still highland dancers after all. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ tips a graceful nod to the reason for the season. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ tips a graceful nod to the reason for the season. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Christmastime’ is a big number for both older and younger dancers.‘Christmastime’ is a big number for both older and younger dancers.
These girls get to dance to ‘Favourite Christmas Song’ in delightfully shiny costumes. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)These girls get to dance to ‘Favourite Christmas Song’ in delightfully shiny costumes. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lean together now: it’s time to ‘Deck the Halls’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Lean together now: it’s time to ‘Deck the Halls’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Claret-coloured velvet and netting costume these dancers for ‘Carol of the Bells’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Claret-coloured velvet and netting costume these dancers for ‘Carol of the Bells’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
There’s always a collective ‘Awww’ in the audience when the little dancers appear, as in this number, ‘Christmas Candy’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)There’s always a collective ‘Awww’ in the audience when the little dancers appear, as in this number, ‘Christmas Candy’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Judy Hogg’s got the dancers having a good time in ‘Nuttin’ for Christmas’.Judy Hogg’s got the dancers having a good time in ‘Nuttin’ for Christmas’.
Making sure they are performing together, these girls dance to ‘Little Jack Frost, Get Lost!’ (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Making sure they are performing together, these girls dance to ‘Little Jack Frost, Get Lost!’ (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘Ring in the season’ features frilly tutus plus choreography by Taryn Neligan and Kristen Denis. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘Ring in the season’ features frilly tutus plus choreography by Taryn Neligan and Kristen Denis. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
These young dancers are eager, so it’s ‘Christmas, C’mon’.These young dancers are eager, so it’s ‘Christmas, C’mon’.
The girls are surprised when the one boy in their group decides to do a little struttin’ on his own. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)The girls are surprised when the one boy in their group decides to do a little struttin’ on his own. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
‘The Night Before Christmas’ ends the show with some graceful choreography by Judy Hogg. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)‘The Night Before Christmas’ ends the show with some graceful choreography by Judy Hogg. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Summit’s jazz dancers enjoy their moment in ‘Hot Chocolate’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Summit’s jazz dancers enjoy their moment in ‘Hot Chocolate’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
’Candy Cane Christmas’ offers these dancers a graceful opportunity to show off. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)’Candy Cane Christmas’ offers these dancers a graceful opportunity to show off. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Yes, it is a Celtic Rhythms Christmas, so you have to include some sweet stepping.Yes, it is a Celtic Rhythms Christmas, so you have to include some sweet stepping.
This number is entitled ‘Glacier’ and choreographer Taryn Neligan and the dancers have combined forced to present that icy concept. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)This number is entitled ‘Glacier’ and choreographer Taryn Neligan and the dancers have combined forced to present that icy concept. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
These ‘Suzy Snowflake’ dancers had to wait a long time for their chance onstage but they’re lovin’ every minute. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)These ‘Suzy Snowflake’ dancers had to wait a long time for their chance onstage but they’re lovin’ every minute. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
No Celtic Rhythms Christmas would be complete without an appearance by Gavin Murray. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)No Celtic Rhythms Christmas would be complete without an appearance by Gavin Murray. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

The title promised “Silver, Gold, & Everything Shiny for Christmas!” and Judy Hogg’s Celtic Rhythm Dancers and Ricki-Lee Allison’s Summit Dance really delivered Dec. 1.

The Cowichan Performing Arts Centre was packed for a Saturday night of fun and entertainment with hardly a seat vacant and lots of excited chatting about what was coming up. No one was worried, these shows are always delightful family fare: a chance to celebrate the successes of the senior dancers and watch the tiniest ones take their first steps on the big stage.

There was plenty of Christmas music, too.

All the way from ‘Nuttin’ for Christmas’ and ‘Where Did My Snowman Go?’ through ‘Sleigh Ride’ and ‘Carols of the Bells’ to ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’, there was something for everyone in the crowd, and when Santa made his way onstage at the end of the finale, it really felt like the holidays had started for one and all.

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