Dancers from Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School brought the energy this past weekend at the 61st Annual Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade.
Under the direction of teachers Andrea Ferroni and Amanda Garzo, 50 Cardinal Newman dancers, including dancers on the Jr. Feeder School Dance Team, took to the streets to perform a number of choreographed routines to popular Christmas music.
A mix of competitive and recreational dancers, the event focused on having fun and spreading cheer.
"The parade is a great opportunity for students to come together in the spirit of Christmas and build relationships with one another," said student Marissa Gatto.
It's also an opportunity for secondary dancers to mentor the elementary school dancers as they approach their transition next semester, she added.
"It was an experience for all of them to work together and become familiar with dance life in high school."
For Ferroni, the parade is a way to give back to the community that does much in supporting Cardinal Newman, and also make memories.
“I wanted the students to share their passion for dance and bring joy to others during the Christmas season," said Ferroni.
"When a group of people gather to celebrate dance, it creates contagious positive energy. This was evident in the faces of the spectators, particularly the children, who were cheerfully dancing along.”