Local dance studio putting on a “Christmas Extravaganza” show to raise money for Operation Smile

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Academy of Dance and Gymnastics will hold its annual “Christmas Extravaganza” show at the Newport News Marriott at City Center to raise money for Operation Smile.

Dance Academy performances will take place December 17-19 at the Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive in Newport News.

The performance is inspired by “The Christmas Spectacular” from Radio City Music Hall. The dancers will perform parts of “The Nutcracker” as wooden soldiers, dolls and elves.

All proceeds from the event will go to Operation Smile, which is a global non-profit organization that assists with surgeries and care for people with cleft lip and palate in low- and middle-income countries.

“To date, proceeds from this annual performance have provided Operation Smile with enough money to fund over 1,000 surgeries,” the Academy of Dance and Gymnastics wrote in a press release Thursday.

“We are grateful to the Academy of Dance and Gymnastics and their efforts to raise funds through this annual event,” said Kathy Magee, co-founder and president of Operation Smile. “It is through the talented efforts of students helping other children that the world is inspired to do more.”

Performances take place on the following dates:

  • Friday, December 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday December 18 at 2:30 p.m. / 5 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday December 19 at 1:30 p.m. / 4 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased on the Dance and Gymnastics Academy website.

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