Dancing and Singing Into the Holidays

By Tyler Stafford, Julia Ruggieri, Isabella Randazzo
DEC 13, 2017

On December 5, people packed into the Bienes Center for the Arts at St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) for the 2017 Christmas Vocal and Dance Concert and Art Show, which quickly sold out. The concert featured STA students ranging from grades 9-12.

One of the performances during the dance concert.
Photo: Tyler Stafford

The show began with the Choir/Chorale Processional singing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. This was followed by the dance performance which included eight numbers, most of which were choreographed by STA Director of Dance, Ms. Maria Virginio, and some of her students. Most of the students who are enrolled in dance classes took part in the show. Dance Techniques I and II Honors performed to I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The First Noël, Wonderful Christmastime, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Dance Choreography and Performance I Honors danced to Underneath the Tree and All I Want for Christmas. Santa Tell Me was performed by Dance Choreography and Performance II Honors. The dance concert ended with Bows, performed by the whole Ensemble.

The second half of the show was the Vocal Concert. The Chamber Choir performed first, singing Away in a Manger and Sleigh Bells. After their performance, the Sophomore Choir/Junior and Senior Chorale sang eight Christmas songs, including Shout For Joy, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Holy Night, Il Est Né, Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy, What Child Is This, Silent Night, and Joy to the World. Mrs. Drozdovitch, STA choir director, then presented the Freshman Choir, who sang Angels from the Realms of Glory. The Vocal and Dance Concert closed with the Choir/Chorale performing The Hallelujah Chorus from Oratorio Messiah. The audience gave the performance a standing ovation.

Top-Sider by Lauren Ortega.
Photo: Tyler Stafford

The art show in the lobby of the Bienes Center showcased art made by STA students. One work of pottery on display was Top-Sider (see right) by Senior Lauren Ortega. Before and after the show, the audience admired the artwork.

The curtains closing on the dance concert.
Photo: Tyler Stafford

Ms. Virginio hosted the dance concert. When asked about the show, she said “I am very proud of all of my students, and their hard work paid off! Many of my girls have had little to no dance experience, and this shows that anything is possible.” Rehearsals for the dances began back in October. This was the earliest schedule that Ms. Virginio set for rehearsals, but she said that it helped her students “really learn and feel comfortable in their dances.” The dancers conveyed great confidence in their performances.

The 2017 Christmas Vocal and Dance Concert and Art Show had a great turn out, and it was a wonderful way to start the Christmas season.