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Dolly Hand opens season with Tree Lighting and Russian Folk Dance

National Dance Company of Siberia

The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center launched its 2015/16 season on Monday with the Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting and a spectacular two-hour performance by the National Dance Company of Siberia.

The Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting serves as a kick off for the 10th Annual Festival of Trees and featured local youth carolers, refreshments and a visit from Saint Nicholas himself. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees lined the Grand Hall of the Dolly Hand, trimmed by local residents, organizations and businesses.

The trees are up for bid in a silent auction which will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 following the 27th Annual Living Christmas Tree performance. The trees will be sent home to the highest bidders, just in time for the holidays.

The National Dance Company of Siberia took to the stage just after 7:30 p.m. Monday for two hours of captivating and energetic performances of traditional Russian and Siberian folk dances.

The stamina of the professionally trained dancers was incredible as they leapt, bound and pirouetted across the stage. The female dancers, dressed in elegant costumes, glided easily on tiptoe across the stage as if porcelain dolls come to life, while the male dancers defied gravity and the limits of human energy.

The music that accompanied the dances, along with the costumes and choreography, helped tell the unique story of the Siberian culture.

The next performance at the Dolly Hand will help ring in the holiday season as a new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” lights up the stage. The show will be held Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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