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Royal Snowflake Ball Is Friday in St. Clairsville

Annual Winter Family Dance Presented by St. C. Singers Returns

File Photos Students in kindergarten through sixth grade from throughout the Ohio Valley are invited to get dressed up and come out for a night of fun at the annual Royal Family Snowflake Ball in St. Clairsville. The annual family dance takes place from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Young people throughout the Ohio Valley will have a chance to thaw out of the winter doldrums while keeping it cool on the dance floor this Friday night at the 2019 Royal Family Snowflake Ball.

Presented by the St. C. Singers, the annual winter family dance will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the St. Clairsville High School/Middle School Cafetorium. There will be music, refreshments, activities and fun for the whole family.

The Royal Family Snowflake Ball has been a mid-winter tradition in the area for many years. The community event is not only a great way for families with young children to spend a fun evening out together, but it’s also an important fundraiser for St. Clairsville High School’s show choir, the St. C. Singers.

What first began as a father-daughter dance — previously known as the Snowflake Princess Ball — has evolved and expanded into an event that aims to involve the entire family. Girls and boys in elementary and early middle school grades enjoy getting an opportunity to dress up, dance and mingle with members of the St. C. Singers, who will be on hand during the event.

Everyone in the Ohio Valley — not just students from St. Clairsville — is invited to the ball, stressed Carrie Russell, member of the St. Clairsville Vocal Music Boosters and chairwoman of this year’s Royal Snowflake Ball.

“It’s a fun family event,” Russell said. “There’s not a lot of things for families to do together around the valley in the wintertime, so this is a great opportunity to get the whole family together for a night out, get all dressed up, dance and have fun.”

Children and parents alike are encouraged to dress up for the event, but formal attire is only suggested for fun and is not required.

“But I think formal is the way to go,” Russell said. “A lot of the little ones get excited about it. Some have even come to the ball together on a date — it’s so cute! It’s a magnificent experience for families.”

DJ Warning — the behind-the-turntables persona of St. C. Singers’ illustrious drummer Seth Richards — once again will provide music for dancing, and the St. C. Singers’ lead guitarist extraordinaire Kyle Storer will serve as master of ceremonies.

Photo portraits by Tamara Gregg Photography will be available for purchase. Lauren Florence will be on hand taking the photo portraits for singles, couples or groups. Flowers also will be available for purchase, and there will be raffle prizes available, as well.

Young people in attendance always look forward to the smorgasbord of sweet treats from the the extravagant candy table and baked goods buffet– a popular attraction that’s included in the price of admission.

The cafetorium will be decorated in royal winter decor, and most of the attendees to the ball — including members of the St. C. Singers — will be dressing up for the formal-for-fun event. Admission will be accepted at the door, and one specified donation covers admission for the entire family. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

In addition to being a popular family event, the Royal Snowflake Ball offers aspiring young performers a chance to interact with members of the Ohio Valley’s only competing show choir and to encourage their interests in the performing arts.

As the only high school show choir in the Ohio Valley, the St. C. Singers — along with their families and fans — travel to competitions at schools in that are typically two to three hours away in the far reaches of Ohio and West Virginia.

The 2019 high school show choir season officially has begun. Kicking off their season this month, the St. C. Singers earned first place in their class and took home the trophy for best band on Jan. 12 at the Alliance Royal Aviation Show Choir Competition in Alliance, Ohio, where they earned a spot in the finals and claimed the trophy for third runner-up. The St. C. Singers’ competition season continues in February as the group makes its way back to the show choir heart of central West Virginia at the Grafton Tygart Dam Choral Classic on Feb. 9 in Grafton, W.Va., and at the South Harrison Showcase on Feb. 16 in Lost Creek, W.Va.

Locally, people of the Ohio Valley will have a chance to see the show when the St. C. Singers host their annual winter spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Feb. 13 at St. Clairsville High School. The Singers will also perform at and host its own competition — the St. Clairsville Division 3 Show Choir Invitational on Feb. 23 at Buckeye Local High School in Rayland.

The St. C. Singers will wrap up the season during a visit to the big city as they make their way to New York for the Big Apple Classic, where members of the Singers and St. Clairsville High School’s Chamber Choir and Concert Band will perform at the Big Apple Classic at the College of Staten Island on March 16, along with other performing arts groups from high schools across the country.

For more information about the 2019 Royal Snowflake Ball, email carrie-russell@att.net.

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