As cheesy as this "ballet" is, it is great family fun and surprisingly satisfying.
From the SF Chronicle.
Who needs Rockettes with Smuin around?
Michael Wade Simpson, Special to The Chronicle
Monday, November 28, 2005
It was the night after Thanksgiving, and a mostly silver-haired crowd had filled every seat at Walnut Creek's Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts to see Michael Smuin's "The Christmas Ballet," a dance production that has absolutely nothing to do with the "Nutcracker." Far from it. This is the Louis Armstrong version of Christmas, plus the Willie Nelson version, the Peggy Lee and Benny Goodman version -- a Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Elvis Presley show, with a little Handel, Mozart, Palestrina and J.S. Bach thrown in to keep the dancers on their toes. Ha ha.
Smuin Ballet's annual Christmas show is the closest thing San Francisco has to match the vaudevillian gusto of New York's "Radio City Christmas Spectacular." Instead of Radio City's Rockettes, live camels at the nativity scene and built-in ice-skating rink, Smuin presents a veritable greatest hits of holiday songs, and dances the bejesus out of them. For those who get a little blue around this time of year, Smuin has a surefire antidote -- this is a dance fest that feeds into an audience's need to be entertained, and nothing more. His attractive troupe of dancers smile their way through every hula, Irish step dance, bobby socks theme, and serious number. They really should have a kick line, though. And a pony.