JUMP!, Providence’s premiere youth dance company will perform its holiday classic based on the book THEÂ POLARÂ EXPRESS by local author, Chris Van Allsburg on December 21 at 2pm and 6 pmÂ and onÂ December 22 at 2 pmÂ at The Nathan Bishop School, Providence, RI.
This original dance-drama delights audiences of all ages. With a variety of dance styles and a weave of musical genres, SCENES FROM THEÂ POLARÂ EXPRESS is both grand entertainment and a lesson in the timeless value ofÂ faith and belief.
JUMP! dancers are impeccably trained dancers who bring Van Allsburg’s simple but evocative story to life.Â Costumes, creative props and set pieces add to the unforgettable experience of JUMP!’s “Polar”.
Mary Paula Hunter: “Polar” came about in 1999 when I discussed creating a holiday ballet with the J! dancers.Â Jump! was just beginning at the time.Â It was a new concept:Â teach dancers how to choreograph and create great dance works.Â I would not be the sole choreographer but we would make work collaboratively–I would act as mentor and at times choreographer but the overall work would come from the company.Â Fueling a new generation of knowledgeable, skilled choreographers was my goal.
Dancers liked the idea of having their holiday performance.Â In other words, if not the Nutcracker then what?Â Could we have something as popular at the holiday time?Â Could we compete with such a venerable production as the Nutcracker.
Don’t miss this year’s SCENES FROM THEÂ POLARÂ EXPRESS!Â Tickets are available on JUMP!’S website:Â jumpdancecompany.org. All tickets are $10.