Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’ll be greeted with choreographed dance numbers.
Remix Dance Studio will be hosting its third annual breakfast with Santa event this Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 9 a.m. Breakfast runs until noon, with performances by Remix classes taking place during that time.
There will also be holiday vendors selling crafts and gifts until 2 p.m., as well as photos with Santa. It all takes place at Remix’s new location, in the back of the old Mrs. Smith’s Pies building at 2941 Main Street, Morgantown.
“We will take walk-ins, but we recommend reservations,” Liza Grundy, owner of Remix, said. “We can seat 50 people at a time.”
Reservations can be made on Remix’s website at www.remixdance.net.
Grundy said she came up with the idea while discussing with a friend ways to raise money to keep prices low for her students. The event was previously held in the studio’s old location, which they shared with Vagabond Acting Troupe. With the new location, Grundy said she’s trying to make this year’s event bigger than ever, including fun performances by her students.
“It’s all holiday performances set to holiday songs. There will be some classic ones and then some newer songs that some people might not have heard before,” she said. “It’s a fun mix though, because you’re going to get some newer, like some hip hop, numbers, but then you’ll also get some classic dances.”
Patrons will enjoy pancakes with fruit topping options, sausage, juice and coffee provided by Organo Gold distributor Serena MacBello. Grundy stressed that the community members don’t have to get breakfast to get pictures with Santa or the holiday shopping event, which has free admission.
The photos will be taken by professional photographer Annelise Reinhart, owner of Spring Tree Photography. They come in holiday frames and cost $5 a print.
“[Last year] I had a mother say that the pictures are better than ones at the mall,” Grundy said.
The shopping event will host some larger organizations like Tastefully Simple, as well as many local artisans and crafters, including Grundy’s own mom, who does a lot of upcycling, or refurbishing and repurposing old items. So shoppers will be able to buy a lot of homemade gifts and crafts from among the 15 to 20 vendors.
The entire studio has been festively decorated in time for the event, including five lit Christmas trees and poinsettias donated by Nelson Ott, Jr., of Geigertown Greenhouses.
Grundy hopes the event will continue to grow from here.
“I want to start making it a holiday tradition in the community,” she said.