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Long Island High School for the Arts Brings Virtual Winter Festival to Audiences Online

Each year, Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) showcases the impressive talents of its students with the Winter Festival, a night of lively entertainment. This year, in the spirit that “the show must go on,” LIHSA offered its gala festival online to enthusiastic audiences from across the Island, and beyond.

As COVID-19 numbers rise, health officials say it is more important than ever to follow state and federal guidelines to slow the spread of the virus. In the face of increased restrictions, and with the health and safety of both its students and the community in mind, this year’s event was webcast as a premiere event.

The evening began with a carefully curated selection of student works including drawings, paintings, photography, film and special effects. Following this, LIHSA performers took to the stage for a series of exciting and diverse presentation of music, dance and theater, all taped the last week of school. Performances included: a variety of dance numbers, from tap and modern dance to Indian dance and ballet; international musical performances from cultures around the globe; scenes from critically acclaimed Broadway productions; and a unique karaoke performance featuring a live band.

“We are so happy that we’ve been lucky enough to have in-person instruction, and were able to record the performances and curations for this virtual event,” said LIHSA Principal Dr. Chris Rogutsky. “While the festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the impressive work of our students and staff, what we want most is to bring some joy to communities across Long Island during a challenging holiday season.”

LIHSA invites Long Islanders to enjoy the show! To view the performances online, visit To view the digitally curated art and media, visit

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