A dancer plays the role of Jesus in the Dance 4 Him Christmas performance "The Dream" in a publicity photo.
A dancer plays the role of Jesus in the Dance 4 Him Christmas performance "The Dream" in a publicity photo. (Courtesy of Kim Cumiford)

FARMINGTON — When Kim Cumiford was a young adult, she was a member of a dance team. One of the dances had the members wearing an outfit Cumiford didn't feel comfortable wearing, so she stepped away from the team.

That's when Cumiford had the idea to start Dance 4 Him, a Christian dance studio in Farmington. She opened the studio about 10 years after she had the idea, in 2001.

On Friday and Saturday, Dance 4 Him will present its annual Christmas performance, "The Dream." In addition to performing in Farmington, on Dec. 30, the studio will perform at the halftime show of the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif., along with about .600 dancers from around the country.

Cumiford wrote "The Dream" around 10 years ago. She said it starts with a typical holiday scene of a mother putting her children to bed and reading them the Christmas story from the Bible.

When the children fall asleep, they dream about the different aspects of the story. At first, they see the shepherds and wise men and, finally, they dream of the crucifixion and resurrection.

When they wake up, the children see Jesus standing in front of them. Cumiford said that's when they realize it wasn't a dream and Jesus is real.

Cumiford said the dance shares the meaning of Christmas.

The idea for "The Dream" came from Christmas carols.

"We tend to sing random Christmas carols," she said.

She said when she sat down and listened to the carols, she was able to hear the whole Christmas story.

"The Dream" doesn't stick to only traditional Christmas carols. Instead, it features songs like "I Heard the Bells" by Casting Crowns, as well as some jazz pieces, including "Let It Snow."

"The Dream" features various dance styles, such as ballet, hip-hop, jazz, pointe and lyrical.

Cumiford said she thinks the variety of styles is what helps keep children involved in dance and makes the dancers more expressive.

Dancers perform a lift during "The Dream" in a publicity photo.
Dancers perform a lift during "The Dream" in a publicity photo. (Courtesy of Kim Cumiford)

"People who are truly artists have to have different outlets of expression," Cumiford said.

Dance 4 Him has students ranging from 3 to 18.

"Many of my students say being at the studio has helped them have a stronger faith," Cumiford said.

One of those students was her daughter, Nicole. Kim Cumiford opened the studio to provide her daughter, now 22, a chance to dance in an environment where there aren't provocative moves or immodest outfits.

"I wanted an opportunity for her to share our faith through dance," Cumiford said.

IF YOU GO

What: “The Dream”

When: 7 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center at Kirtland Central High School

Cost: Free

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.