Arts & Entertainment Editor Denton Record Chronicle
This weekend marks the 15th year Denton City Dance Conservatory will stage A Gift for Emma, a holiday fantasia in dance.
Created by artistic director Lisa Racina, Emma borrows the spirit and tradition of Christmas and replaces a ho-hum winter recital with a story about Emma, a street urchin who sneaks into a dance studio, falls asleep under a Christmas tree and takes a journey. Curious creatures from earth and sea as well as childhood visions usher Emma through a dreamscape and, ultimately, give her the gift of dance.
Racina drafted dancers from among her students at Denton City Contemporary Ballet and its home studio, Denton Dance Conservatory. A Gift for Emma pairs emerging dancers with professional performers.