Marin School of the Arts Big Band Dance a Family Affair

The annual MSA Big Band Halloween Dance is multi-generational fun, featuring jazz music from MSA and San Jose students, an incredible version of “Thriller” performed by the MSA dancers and more.

The Marin School of the Arts Big Band Dance was, once again, a "thrilling" success. It is hard to come by the family-friendly, playful, and, at times, downright SCARY fun that is to be had at this annual Halloween-time event at Novato High.

Every year when an oversized spider spins her web across the entire ceiling of the Old Gym at Novato High, it is time for the San Jose Middle School and MSA jazz bands to tune up their instruments, the jazz choir to warm up their vocal chords, and the MSA dancers to limber up and get ready to take over the dance floor.

MSA students, along with small children, grandparents and everyone in between show up bedecked in crazy costumes or their Lindy dancing finest to enjoy entertainment as well as participate in the dance contest.

This year the evening culminated in a spookily choreographed "Thriller" dance piece that had innocent trick or treaters turning into freakish vampires.  Yikes!

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who helped make this unique event happen.  The public is warmly invited to attend this event, so watch for that spider as she spins her giant web across the Novato High Old Gym next year at the end of October.

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