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SONdance presents Christmas to Remember
A dance tableau from SONdances A Christmas to Remember which will be shown Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center on Maple Avenue in Ripon. - photo by Photo Contributed

The non-profit SONdance, voted Best of Manteca Dance Studio for two years in a row, is presenting its annual “A Christmas to Remember” program Dec. 7 and 8.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held at the Performing Arts Center, 435 N. Maple Ave., in Ripon. Both performances will begin at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $8 each; $8 at the door.

The “delightful, festive and inspiring (Christmas) presentation” which offers an “enjoyable family experience,” utilizes a combination of “art of dance” along with “inspired narrative that encourages (everyone) to remember and celebrate the true meaning of this joyful time of year.”

SONdance programs “have been described as one of the best-kept secrets in the Central Valley,” said SONdance Ministries Director Stephen Lyon.

Established in 1989, SONdance is under the direction of founder and artistic director Jolynda Lyon. The program “offers quality training in a Christian environment” with studios located at 612 Commerce Court in Manteca’s Spreckels Park, just south of Yosemite Avenue behind Home Depot.

Classes offered include classical ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary Christian “jazz” and other styles of worship dance. The classes are open to students from age 3 to adults, ranging from beginning to advanced levels.

SONdance also has “ministry teams” that are available to perform at area schools, churches, festivals, fairs and conference.

SONdance was voted Best of Manteca Dance Studio in 2010 and 2011.

Anyone who wants to learn more about SONdance can call (209) 823-1740 or visit