Smuin dancers Ben Needham-Wood and Tess Lane. Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet program returns to the Sunset Center in Carmel December 28-29, 2019. Photo credit: Chris Hardy
Light up your holiday season with the welcome return of Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet, a program featuring two acts packed to the brim with both breathtaking classical ballet and festive contemporary numbers. The beloved Bay Area tradition will bring back time-honored favorites and unveil brand new surprises set to holiday tunes and incorporating ballet, tap, jazz, and swing. The first act, Classical Christmas, features dancers costumed in snow-white ensembles performing flawless ballets celebrating the holiday season. The Cool Christmas second act brings a red-hot costume change along with a medley of lively modern numbers, including the iconic “Santa Baby” featuring a 42-foot long feather boa.
This year marks the 25th edition of The Christmas Ballet, which premiered in 1995. Along with a return to Michael Smuin’s original pieces, the company will unwrap new surprises from Smuin’s beloved Ballet Master Amy London, as well as both former and current Smuin artists.