New Orlando Dance Production CHRISTMAS CONNECTED
Created and produced by Northwest Dance Studio, a not-for-profit community dance studio in Orlando, Florida, CHRISTMAS CONNECTED is original dance production that humorously touches on one of the biggest challenges for modern-day parents: how to pull their kids out of Digital Device Zombieland. From branding to photography and videos to marketing communications and community relations for each of its original Dance Productions, PH3 works hand in hand with Northwest Dance’s team to make this humble little dance studio famous for the good it’s doing in the community.
The production, which includes aerial, modern and ballet dance supported by video scenery and a wide sampling of music for all ages, follows the toys’ lively journey through the decades and back.
Performed by Northwest Dance Studio students and company members, many who are in their teens and early twenties from the surrounding Orlando area, this Christmas dance performance played to an audience of more than 1,500 in December 2011 at Northwest Church Auditorium. This year the performance has expanded to include new dance sequences, multimedia segments and a few fun surprises.
“This show is a modern Christmas story for every member of the family,” says Sarah Swindell, Northwest Dance Studio Director. “The toy characters and variety of music and dance styles make it fun and inspirational for every age.”
CHRISTMAS CONNECTED will be performed at Northwest Church Auditorium, 5495 Clarcona-Ocoee Rd, Orlando, FL 32810 in December 2013. Performances are free to the public at these times:
- Friday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. (Doors 6:30p.m.)
- Sunday, December 22, 9:00 a.m. & 12:00 noon
For more information, visit nwdanceorlando.com. No reserved seating is required, attendees are seated on a first come, first serve basis. CHRISTMAS CONNECTED is considered a G-rated performance and is appropriate for all ages.
About Northwest Dance Studio
Northwest Dance Studio was founded in 2005 with the adjoining Northwest Church donating the space and financial support to get the studio off the ground. Founder and director Sarah Swindell brings her more than 15 years of professional dance experience to give the studio’s students, mostly children and teens, the opportunity to learn multiple forms of dance and perform on a stage – an opportunity many would otherwise miss during childhood.
Beyond teaching technique in the realms of contemporary, ballet, hip hop and aerial dance, the studio’s focus is on instilling confidence, integrity and positive self-image in its students that they can use in everyday life to achieve their dreams. Northwest Dance Studio also strives to create a safe environment for each dancer, whose ages range from three to 30 plus, providing dance and performance art to the underserved in Orlando.
A key component of the studio’s mission is to not turn away any student -- even those who are not able to afford the price of classes are put on a scholarship program where they can provide support to the studio through helping tasks in exchange for their classes. In addition, in comparison to other dance studios in the region, classes are always offered at low rates with each class costing $12. Students are never penalized for missing a class, and are always able to use every class purchased at any time.
“Over the years our little unassuming facility has offered hundreds of children and adults the opportunity to dance, grow and express themselves,” said studio director Sarah Swindell. “We have seen children with ADHD and behavior problems improve, and life changing growth in our students of all ages. It’s not just about dance, it is about helping our students find a positive self-image to help them grow.”
Beyond CHRISTMAS CONNECTED, Northwest Dance Studio produces a series of seasonal dance performances where dancers can utilize artistic movement and expression to share and recover from challenging moments in their lives.