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The Insiders: Christmas in June? Well, auditions for ‘Christmas,’ at least

  • Noah Cooper, 12, dances in the Vibes of Style dance group's annual showcase on June 7, 2014 at Concord High School.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Noah Cooper, 12, dances in the Vibes of Style dance group's annual showcase on June 7, 2014 at Concord High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bobbyline Barquor, 12, dances in the Vibes of Style dance group's annual showcase on June 7, 2014 at Concord High School.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bobbyline Barquor, 12, dances in the Vibes of Style dance group's annual showcase on June 7, 2014 at Concord High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Chloe Darling, 6, dances in the Vibes of Style dance group's annual showcase on June 7, 2014 at Concord High School.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Chloe Darling, 6, dances in the Vibes of Style dance group's annual showcase on June 7, 2014 at Concord High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Noah Cooper, 12, dances in the Vibes of Style dance group's annual showcase on June 7, 2014 at Concord High School.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bobbyline Barquor, 12, dances in the Vibes of Style dance group's annual showcase on June 7, 2014 at Concord High School.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Chloe Darling, 6, dances in the Vibes of Style dance group's annual showcase on June 7, 2014 at Concord High School.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Not to send everyone into a panic, but there’s only 200 shopping days left until Christmas. It’s really starting to sneak up on us. It will especially feel that way today, when Eastern Ballet Institute at the Concord Business Center hosts auditions for The Twelve Days of Christmas from 1 to 4 p.m.

Dance experience is required, and we’re pretty sure rocking out in your living room to One Direction doesn’t count. Dancers between ages 6 and 11 will audition from 1 to 2 p.m, with 12- to 18-year-olds from 2 to 3 p.m. Dancing bonus: Eastern Ballet Institute will also audition dancers for its affiliate, Eastern Ballet Institute Studio Co., on the same weekend for ages 9 to 19 from 3 to 4 p.m. There is a $20 audition fee, and dance training (non-One Direction division, again) is required.

There’s plenty more dancing to be had today, too. There will be a So You Think You Can Dance creative dance workshop at the Concord City Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. No word on whether a morning appearance at the workshop can count as “dance experience” when you audition for Eastern Ballet (hint: it doesn’t).

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In the “what’s some other stuff to do today” category, there’s also a musical appearance by State Street Combo at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m., and a “Ramp for Ruth” benefit luncheon and silent auction at Wesley United Methodist Church from 12 to 2:30 p.m. to raise money to help pay for a handicap ramp for Concord native Ruth MacLean. Suggested donation is $8, or $5 for children.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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