The 12 Songs of Arizona Christmas: 10 Lords A-Leaping

Several Convergence performers mid-jump.
Several Convergence performers mid-jump. Convergence Ballet
Welcome to another edition of the "The 12 Songs of Arizona Christmas," in which local stakeholders detail their most cherished holiday songs. Consider this a musical Advent calendar, where your "treat" is a better understanding of the interesting people and organizations from across the city and state.

Ten Lords A-Leaping

Jennifer Cafarella, Artistic Director, Convergence Ballet Company

In 2010, Jennifer Cafarella noticed that, aside from the Ballet Arizona group, there was a real dearth of options in the Valley for a "socially responsible arts program." She founded Convergence Ballet. Over the last decade or so, she has grown the organization into a vibrant part of the local arts and culture scene. The troupe shies away from "traditional" dance programs, opting instead for shows like "Nutcracker Swing." Convergence also supports the community through its PLIES program, offering dance education to Valley schools. With every grande jeté, Convergence fosters an ever-sturdier local culture.

"I think my favorite [song] has to be 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.' It's just so tender and peaceful, very loving and smooth. Growing up, we had the tree and the celebration because Santa wasn't very religious. It's just a very magical time. I still take my kids to see Santa, and I said they only have to do this till they're 18. Then I said, 'Wouldn't it be nice if you still did it?’"
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Chris Coplan has been a professional writer since the 2010s, having started his professional career at Consequence of Sound. Since then, he's also been published with TIME, Complex, and other outlets. He lives in Central Phoenix with his fiancee, a dumb but lovable dog, and two bossy cats.
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