Border City Dance Co. Brings “The Spirit of Christmas” Drive-In Experience to Life

Just when children thought they wouldn’t get to see Santa before Christmas this year due to isolation and the pandemic, some were ecstatic to discover “The Spirit of Christmas” is alive and well thanks to Border City Dance Company’s drive-in style live dance theatre holiday experience. The dance company started bringing their original production to audiences last weekend in collaboration with Platinum Room Banquet Hall and Rockstar Music Hall, both located in the building on Central Ave. and Ypres Ave. The dance music theatre drive-in style holiday showcase continues to take place nightly through Dec. 23.

Fairy Dancing Border City Dance Co. Spirit of Christmas

Cast member, as a Fairy dancing during Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction on an outdoor stage in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Angel Dancing Border City Dance Company Spirit of Christmas

Cast member, as an Angel dancing during Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction on an outdoor stage in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Audience members pull into the parking lot and park at the rear of the building which has been transformed into a stage with a beautiful Christmas themed set representing the forests near the North Pole. Each vehicle then tunes into a special radio station that plays a soundtrack as passengers enjoy watching Toys magically come to life and dance. The highlight of the show features Jack Frost and Santa Claus making special appearances.

Santa's Elf Border City Dance Company Spirit of Christmas

Cast member, as one of Santa’s Elves dancing during Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction on an outdoor stage in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Jack in the Box Border City Dance Co. Spirit of Christmas

Cast member, as a toy Jack-In-The-Box dancing during Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction on an outdoor stage in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

On Saturday night, four year old Linus Walker excitedly screamed hello to Santa repeatedly when Santa looked towards the vehicle he was in and waved. Linus’ six year old sister Layla giggled and commented that Santa doesn’t know how to dance very well compared to the toys dancing around him. She then worried that Santa might have heard her. Both Linus and Layla were told by their parents that this year, due to the pandemic, they wouldn’t be able to see Santa. They usually go to visit him at one of the local Malls. That all changed on Saturday night during the Spirit of Christmas Drive In show.

Cast member, as a toy Porcelain Clown dancing during Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction on an outdoor stage in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Jack Frost Border City Dance Co. Spirit of Christmas

Cast member, as Jack Frost dancing during Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction on an outdoor stage in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Local youth dancers of Border City Dance Company that make up the cast of The Spirit of Christmas Drive In Attraction are directed by renowned choreographer, and dancer Melissa Williams. She is known in the entertainment industry for her work with the world’s leading dance choreographers, celebrities including Prince and Britney Spears, and much more. Her long list of credits locally include choreography for the 2016 FINA Opening Ceremonies and founding Border City Dance Company.

Elf On A Shelf Dancing during the Spirit of Christmas

Cast member, as a Girl Elf On A Shelf dancing during Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction on an outdoor stage in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Elf on a Shelf Dancing Border City Dance Company

Cast members, as a Girl Elf On A Shelf and Boy Elf on A Shelf, dancing during Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction on an outdoor stage in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

While the Spirit of Christmas cast benefit from Melissa’s industry expertise in movement, dance and choreography, she has also given them the opportunity to be part of creating an original production. Each cast member was asked to imagine they were a child writing a letter to Santa asking for the toy they were cast as in the show. As each cast member comes onto stage and performs, the audience gets to hear each of them do a voice over of the letter they wrote over the radio.

Border City Dance Co. Cast Members Dancing during The Spirit of Christmas

Cast members of Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction dancing on an outdoor stage in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Border City Dance Company's Spirit of Christmas Cast Members Dancing

Cast members of Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction dancing on an outdoor stage in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Santa Clause waving during The Spirit of Christmas

Santa Claus waving to audience members in their cars during Border City Dance Company’s Spirit of Christmas drive-in dance theatre attraction in the rear parking lot of Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor, ON, on Dec. 19, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

Not only is this original production by Border City Dance Company giving children the opportunity to see Santa, it is helping people of all ages get their minds off of the pandemic and against all odds putting people in the holiday spirit.

Final performances of “The Spirit of Christmas Drive-In Holiday Attraction” take place on Dec. 22 & 23, at 2418 Central Ave., each performance is 20 minutes long and start every half hour between 6pm and 8:30pm, space is very limited per performance, tickets are $25 per vehicle and must be purchased in advance at https://platinumroom.ca/xmas.php

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