Mouzafarov brings new Christmas show to the stage

Mouzafarov’s dancers pose in their bright costumes for “Oh, Christmas Tree.” Shyanne Belzer/MDN

Rinat Mouzafarov’s Institute of Dance and Ballet Theater has always been known to bring a fantastically beautiful performance to each show they put on and this year’s Christmas show is planned to be just that.

Mouzafarov’s dancers will be putting on their 26th Christmas show, “Oh, Christmas Tree,” Saturday and Sunday at Minot High School’s Central Campus Auditorium.

Extremely excited and proud of all the work his dancers and dance parents have put into the concert, Mouzafarov says the concert will be very colorful, very beautiful, and very fitting for a Christmas family show.

“Many dancers have rehearsed up to seven days a week,” Mouzafarov said. “I am very thankful and proud of all the work they have done. They are extremely hard working, both in ballet and out. My dancers are all very excited for the program.”

The program, called “Oh, Christmas Tree,” has been the institute’s focus since their final dance at the Norsk Høstfest. It will be full of traditional and modern Christmas music. They will perform to songs such as “Waltz of The Flowers” to “Santa Baby” to “Feliz Navidad.” In all there will be around 19 different dances done by those at all levels of skill. The costumes, which are done by the talent of Tonya Lewis according to Mouzafarov, are colorful, eye catching, and beautiful. Many are unique for each song to add more to each performance.

He has even brought in two special tutus that have come all the way from Russia and are extremely special and unique, handmade with care.

“My dancers are all very proficient and give a very high quality show. Many have trained with me for years and some are even second generation dancers at my studio,” Mouzafarov said.

This won’t be Mouzafarov’s dancers’ last performance for the year. The month is very busy for them, giving performances to different assisted living homes and care centers to give back to the community and to the seniors. Mouzafarov says the community is extremely important to him.

“Without the help of the dancers, the dance mom’s and families, the community, and the sponsors, my shows would not happen,” he said. “I am very thankful and blessed to be here in Minot.”

The dancers will also be traveling to Bottineau toward the end of the month, having been asked to perform for by Metigoshe Ministries.

“Oh, Christmas Tree” will be performed on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are cheaper than they have previously been, something Mouzafarov planned for so more families will be able to bring their children to see it. Adult tickets will cost $10 and child tickets will cost $5. They will be available at the door of the performance for both days.