FARMINGTON — The Biblical Christmas story is coming to the dance stage for the eighth consecutive year this Friday and Saturday.
The Dance 4 Him Studio production, called "The Dream," will open at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center in Kirtland. It is free and open to the public.
"This is our "Nutcracker,' if you will," said Kim Cumiford, studio owner and director.
The production begins with a shopping and party scene, she said. The next portion shows a mother reading the Biblical Christmas story to her children. The show ends with the children dreaming about the story.
Cumiford makes small changes to, "The Dream," each year, adding new costumes and choreography.
This year's production will feature a glow-in-the-dark pointe dance, Cumiford said.
A dance en pointe is the classical ballet technique used to dance on tip-toe.
"It has become the most expensive dance we've done, but it's so worth it," she said. "We just have such an amazing core of dancers."
Cumiford founded the academy 11 years ago and wrote "The Dream," eight years ago.
"It was Christmas music and seeing the depth of the story of Christmas that inspired me," she said.
About 130 dancers will be involved in the show with about 75 dancers participating per night.
Although the world of dance even at student level is often characterized as brutal and cutthroat, parents say Dance 4 Him brings out different qualities in its dancers.
"I love the camaraderie that Kim instills in these girls," said Julie Jones.
Dancers can be overly competitive at some other dance academies, she said.
"I saw so much backstabbing," Jones said. "We just never, ever have that here. I just know that these girls would do anything for each other."
Jones' daughter Sydney, 14, has studied at Dance 4 Him since it was founded and will be performing the part of Mary, mother of Jesus, in "The Dream."
"The girls, as they get older they're stepping up," Jones said. "I truly cannot praise the studio enough."
"The Dream," will be performed at the Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center at 540 County Road 6100 in Kirtland on 7 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information on the show, contact Kim Cumiford at 505-402-9112.