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Hampton Roads Youth Dance Academy Presents Christmas Extravaganza

Its proceeds will help Operation Smile, a nonprofit surgical organization that helps people living with cleft lip and cleft palate in low- and middle-income countries.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Academy of Dance and Gymnastics, a Hampton Roads-based youth dance academy, is bringing back its annual “Christmas Extravaganza” this weekend.

Inspired by Radio City Music Hall’s “The Christmas Spectacular,” the show will see dancers perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and appear as wooden soldiers, dolls, and elves.

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The Youth Dance Academy will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Newport News Marriott in City Center. Here is an overview of the schedule:

  • Friday, December 17 — 7 p.m.
  • Saturday December 18 — 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 19 — 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

All proceeds will go to Operation Smile, a global nonprofit surgical organization that helps patients living with cleft lip and cleft palate in low- and middle-income countries.

To date, proceeds from the annual performance have provided Operation Smile with enough money to fund over 1,000 surgeries.

“We are grateful to the Academy of Dance and Gymnastics and their efforts to raise funds through this annual event,” said Kathy Magee, co-founder and president of Operation Smile. “It is through the talented efforts of students helping other children that the world is inspired to do more.”

If you wish to purchase a ticket, you can do so on the dance academy website.