Dance with a holiday twist

The early bird may catch the worm, but latecomers sometimes get the warm fuzzies.

If you’ve yet to purchase your tickets to see the Radio City Rockettes perform their “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at Arena, take heart.

Tickets purchased for any of the four shows on Dec 1-2 will result in a $2 donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities when patrons get tickets through Ticketmaster using the code “RMHC.”

Radio City Rockette Mary Cavett from Tucson visits with children at Ronald McDonald House (Photo: Scott Baxter)

Mary Cavett, originally from Tucson, was one of several Rockettes to visit the original Ronald McDonald House in August — and is proud to be performing audience favorites like “Dance of the Wooden Soldiers” here in her home state.

Local dance companies also offer plenty of family-friendly options.

This weekend you can enjoy a performance by students with the Arizona School of Classical Ballet, the School of Ballet Arizona and the Metropolitan Arts Institute.

Arizona students join forces for a fundraising performance this weekend

Their “Winter Fairy Tales” takes place Sun, Nov 21, at 2pm and 6pm — at the newly renovated Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.

If you’ve yet to see the new space, this is the perfect opportunity to couple a tour with supporting the Valley’s young talent.

I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for “Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen,” based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen — having loved my years as a backstage mom when my daughters danced with Dance Theater West in Phoenix.

"Frances Smith Cohen's Snow Queen" returns to the Herberger stage in December

“Snow Queen” is presented by Center Dance Ensemble, the resident modern dance company of the Herberger Theater Center, Dec 4-19. It’s full of charming characters, costumes and set pieces.

The holidays are about giving — so remember those in need this season. Support resources like the Ronald McDonald House and others near and dear to your heart.

And make time to honor the work of Arizona children and teens involved with the performing arts. For these are the creative, disciplined and hard-working citizens who will help us all dance into the coming decades.

— Lynn

Note: For a comprehensive list of holiday-related events for families, check print and online calendar listings from Raising Arizona Kids magazine. Also watch for updates to this post as I learn of additional holiday dance performances.

Coming up: Valley theaters offering holiday fare — from East Valley Children’s Theatre to Valley Youth Theatre; Valley student and acrobat performs with “Cirque Dreams Illumination”