MARSHALL - Since September, more than 250 girls have been learning new dance routines and making sure their costumes are in order from the hairpieces and jewelry to the tights and shoes.
The Marshall Just for Kix holiday show will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Marshall High School gym. The event will feature 280 dancers ages 3-18 from Marshall and the surrounding communities.
"It's a big undertaking, you have to be organized and start thinking about Christmas early," said Marshall Just for Kix director Jackie Louwagie.
Photo by Cindy Votruba
The sixth-grade Marshall Just for Kix class rehearses its routine for the upcoming holiday show on Dec. 4 at the Marshall High School gym. The event will include four jazz teams, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and honor Marshall JFK?alumni.
Louwagie also has 50 new students this year, which includes a family that has four daughters who never really danced before, but are doing well, she said.
Nadia Winge, Grace Lyall and Laryn Butterfield are three new members of the sixth-grade class.
"I just moved here and it (Just for Kix) looked like a good program," Lyall said.
Butterfield said three of her step-sisters have been in Just for Kix and that she's been in dance herself.
"I think it's really fun and I like competing," she said.
Winge said she was looking for a dance program that pushed her more.
"And I like it so far," Winge said.
As for the holiday show itself, Louwagie said it will follow a particular theme.
"It's kind of got the angel and heaven theme to it," Louwagie said. Most of the songs the classes will dance to are related to heaven and angels, Louwagie said.
New this year is a junior lyrical team and the Junior Jazz team, Louwagie said.
"We have four levels of jazz now," Louwagie said.
A couple of notable routines at the show will be the fourth-graders doing a "Michael Jackson jam" dance, complete with one white glove on each dancer and the second-graders doing "Daddy's Cool Yule." Louwagie said one of the fathers of the second-graders has volunteered to be in the dance. Parents help out in various aspects of the show, Louwagie said, which includes decorating the gym.
"I have great parents that will volunteer," Louwagie said.
The show will end with a big jazz production, showcasing all four of the jazz teams performing to Christmas songs. Then the rest of the classes will join the jazz teams.
The girls said preparing for the holiday show has taken a lot of work.
"It reminds me sort of a pageant because you have to get all beautiful," Lyall said.
"It's really fun and a good workout too," Winge said.
"You just get really tired after," Butterfield said.
"You have to take the constructive criticism very well," said Mattea Dobrenski.
"It's just a lot of hard work," Annabelle Lecy said.
But the girls also enjoy the energy they get when performing in front of an audience.
"It makes us happy and feel really good, more butterflies," said Jenna Kuehl.
Louwagie said she's also planning on recognizing Marshall JFK alumni dancers during the show in honor of Marshall Just for Kix's 15th anniversary. It is also the 30th anniversary of the Just for Kix company.