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The TazWood Dance Company, in residence at Illinois Central College, presents its holiday concert, “Dancing Through the Holidays,” at 7:30 p.m., December 2 and 3, and at 2:30 p.m., December 4, in the Performing Arts Center of ICC. Following the opening night performance on December 2, there will be a special reception for the audience.

“Dancing Through the Holidays” features the narrated and danced story, “The Christmas Angel.” In this production, the angel is stolen from the Christmas tree in the village square. A young mother and some toys—Raggedy Ann, Soldier, Marion the Marionette, Teddy Bear, Cat, and Snow Boy—go in search of the angel and eventually find and rescue her from the Gargon, an evil monster. This story will enchant and delight everyone from the youngest to the oldest audience members.

As always, including children from the community is very important to TazWood Dance Company. For this show, the children can be seen performing in “Candyland” to music from the 1950s and 1960s, such as “I Want Candy” and “Lollipop.” The dance is sure to be a lot of fun for the children, while offering a musical trip down memory lane for adults in the audience.

The second act will present a fresh look at “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” using a play on words and comedy. “We had a great deal of fun coming up with some creative ideas for each day and how we could portray them,” said Mary Dexter, the company’s founder and artistic director. “We have had some wonderful cooperation from ICC in helping bring this show to fruition.”

In addition to Dexter, choreographers for the show include assistant directors Dan Fisher, Karin Earl, Devery Christ, and Carrie McGuire.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. In addition, the company performs special matinees for pre-arranged groups at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m., December 1. Group prices are $3 for adults and $2 for students. For more information, call 694-5136 or 367-9754. AA!