Tucson Dance Academy

Broadway-Style Holiday Show Spreads Spirit across Tucson with 2 venues, 4



UA Centennial Hall 

December 8, 2012: 7:00pm

December 9, 2012: 2:00pm


DesertView Performing Arts Center

39900 South Clubhouse Drive

December 20, 2012: 4pm & 7:30pm


The Broadway stages of New York City may be over two thousand miles away, but, on December 8, 9, and 20, Broadway comes to Tucson with two shows atUA Centennial Hall, December Dec 8 at 7pm and Dec 9 at 2pm, and two shows at Saddlebrooke's DesertView Performing Arts Center on Thursday, December 20th at 4:00pm and 7:30pm. For four consecutive years, Tucson area audiences have embraced this spectacular heart-warming Broadway-style dance and music production as a new favorite holiday tradition.


Tammy Booth, an award winning choreographer and former Radio City Music

Hall Rockette, is artistic director and owner of Tucson Dance Academy. She

and her husband, musician/singer/songwriter, Tom Booth, direct over 100

performers from the prestigious Tucson Dance Academy along with guest

performers from across the country in this holiday spectacle.  Recalling

the show's history, Tammy Booth said, "Since 2008, our audience has been

growing year after year and it's become a holiday tradition for many. This

year, we're excited to add another venue at DesertView Center for the

Performing Arts, in Saddlebrooke, where some of our most loyal fans

reside." Booth's husband and the show's host, Tom Booth added, "The Spirit

of Christmas is unique to Tucson and it's a solid holiday entertainment

alternative to the Nutcracker option. We have Santa Claus, Rudolf, the

Grinch, the "Tucson Rockettes" and special musical guests to form a show

that will please everyone with its variety."


On a stage resplendent with beautiful costuming and sets, The Spirit of

Christmas comes alive with a high energy program, featuring high stepping

kick lines and amazing international dance and guest performance numbers,

along with a moving and meaningful tribute to the meaning of the season. 

Perennial audience favorite numbers will return this year, including

"Parade of the Wooden Soldiers", "Russian Dance", "He Was Still her Little

Child",and a guest performance by the internationally renowned Apache hoop

dancer, Tony Duncan, who creates incredibly intricate designs in a

seemingly impossible athletic and artistic display. Moving with rigid

stiff-legged military precision, the dancers of "Parade of the Wooden

Soldiers," maintain perfectly straight lines while moving in unison

through ever-shifting  configurations that culminate with an awe-inspiring

ending  that resembles human dominoes.  "Russian Dance" is a high-flying

take on the classic Thaikovsky number that thrills audiences with non-stop

daring acrobatics.  The Centennial show will feature singer songwriter

Danielle Rose, whose pure,delicate voice lends itself to her unique blend

of southern gospel and bluegrass styles, while the Saddlebrook show will

feature singer Alice Tatum, a 30 year fixture of the Phoenix music scene

who's performed alongside Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, The Righteous

Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper and Nancy Wilson.


For the UA Centennial show, tickets are $30, with discounts for children,

seniors, military and groups (10+).  Tickets may be purchased at

www.uapresents.org. At Saddlebrooke's DesertView Performing Arts Center,

tickets are $24 inclusive, $28 at door, $18 children, with tickets

available for purchase at www.dvpac.net or by calling 520-825-5318.

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