Dance Branson and the Yueltide Feast!!

We have been very blessed  this year by opportunities  for our students to perform! This time we have been asked to take part in the Yuletide Feast at the College of the Ozarks!! This is a festive  evening, perfect for a holiday celebration!  Some of the events planned for the evening include a hot wassail toast, caroling by the fireplace, and the “Boar’s Head ” processional into Dobyns Dining Room where a special menu is planned.  This is the part where our students will join in! Our ballet 3 students have been working very hard all month to prepare to perform  a Christmas concert with the College of the Ozarks Chorale which will take place during the meal! Miss Melanie has done a wonderful job choreographing 9 pieces to traditional medieval music! The program is called “A Day For Dancing” and incorporates carols to tell the Christmas story.  There are 2 nights to catch this special event, Nov.29, and Dec.1 both start at 6pm. You can reserve online by visiting the College of the Ozarks website. or you can call 417-690-2146! What an excellent opportunity to see some of our students in action and celebrate the Holidays!

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Christmas Shows in Branson

Branson is famous for it’s Christmas shows, and we are so excited to be able to say that several of our students are performing in some of those shows!! It is such a great experience to be able to perform in a professional production right along side some seasoned performers!

Three of our students, Lia, Ana and Jenna Bernhardi are featured in the Lennon Sisters show!  The Lennon Sisters  became an American institution after performing on the Lawrence Welk show for 13 years. They were nicknamed “America’s Sweethearts of Song”!!  Branson is blessed to have them performing at The Moon River Theater! You can see at 2pm Mon-Sat until Dec 12th ! Jenna sings a duet with Janet Lennon,, Lia and Ana are featured in ta Tap production nuber with The Lennon Sisters choreographed by Tonya Coker (our studio owner), and all 3 girls do a ballet/waltz choreographed by  Dasa Hayes (one of our teachers)!. All three girls sing and have featured solos ! The show is a combination of Classic Lennon Sisters Hits and Christmas favorites all available to take home on a newly released CD “Christmas with The Lennon Sisters at the Moonriver Theater” – The Lennon Sisters with special guests Janet’s granddaughters – Lia, Ana & Jenna :) Beautiful set and costumes – something for all ages! Check out their website for more information http://www.lennonsisters.com/

We also have another student featured in the Hamner Barber Show as a vocalist!! Jessica Barber joins the cast on  Friday andSaturday nights to sing some classic Christmas songs with her Dad Jim Barber and the rest of the cast, as well as performing a solo! Later in the show she becomes “Elfie”, as the magical Dave Hamner makes her appear out of nowhere with Mr. and Mrs. Claus! The Hamner Barber show is an eclectic mix of Magic, (performed by the world famous illusionists, The Hamners) Comedy, supplied by ventriloquist Jim Barber, music and dance (  By the way the cast also includes two of our teaching staff AJ Heard, and Dasa Hayes!)!  You can see the Hamner Barber Theater presents their Christmas show titled The Wings of Christmas Tues – Sat. at 8pm!  For more information you can check their website http://www.hamnerbarber.com/

Kiara Davenport one of our Rising Star team members is also a cast member of the Jim Stafford Show!! She is a part in several parts of the show , but is most prominently featured while she reads a Christmas poem with Jim Stafford.  She gets to sing and dance and even pays the claves in the finale!  Jim  is famous for his hilarious comedy and brilliant guitar playing and of course who could forget some of his many hits such as “Spiders and Snakes”! You can see the show at the Jim Stafford theater, check their website for the schedule.

We are so proud of all of our students! We have a lot of talented kids here at the studio, and we are very blessed to have so many opportunities to have them perform in this town! So get out and support some of the local kids in these shows! I’m sure you will enjoy it!!