CNY Arts presents two matinee performances of its annual “Dasher’s Magical Gift” at the OnCenter Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse this Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The family-friendly showcase marks CNY Arts’ seventh annual production of its original holiday ballet, and continues the organization’s mission of providing affordable and accessible arts to the community.

Dasher’s Magical Gift performer, leaps joyously into the air. Photo courtesy of Alexander Korman.

“Dasher’s Magical Gift” is an hour-long production written by Matt Chiorini, a published playwright and Visual and Performing Arts professor at Le Moyne College. The ballet is directed and choreographed by Larry Crabtree, professional dancer and director at CNY Arts.

This year’s performers include students of Syracuse’s Dance Centre North. In collaboration with WCNY, the holiday ballet will be filmed live to offer students residing and attending schools in outlying districts, an opportunity to view the production.

For ticket purchasing options visit www.dashersmagicalgift.org, call 315-299-5598, or buy in person at the Symphoria Box Office on 450 S. Salina St.

CNY Arts is also offering complimentary tickets to families and children in-need.

Dashers Magical Gift Performer, photo courtesy of Alexander Korman.