St. Nicholas was a Real Person


St. Nick picture

Program Description:  

Venture back to the 3rd & 4th C. AD to learn about St. Nicholas’ birth, life, and various legends that his reputation has spawned around the globe, culminating with the widely observed St. Nick’s Day on December 5th, and the contemporary figure of Santa Claus. Students will engage with these stories by learning physical activities such as a Greek sailor’s dance, a Medieval English jig, and the Swedish folkdance “Hambro”, in relation to the significance and vision St. Nicholas has inspired through the ages in countries around the globe.

Learning Objectives:

Students will

  • Come to appreciate the influence/history of Saint Nicholas in western cultures.
  • Develop an understanding of what makes a saint a saint in Christian traditions.
  • Enjoy and appreciate stories and legends attached to Saint Nicholas’ persona.
  • Participate in dances that embody different aspects of the St. Nicholas legacy.
  • Understand that cultural traditions/folkways transform from their origins.


Students, grades 3-12

Primary Disciplines:

History, Fine Arts, Performing Arts

Cost per program:

$150 per session, maximum of 30 students

View a sample of this program as well as other programs of Marc’s.

Comments said about this program:

“I learned things about St. Nick that I was not previously aware of.” -Anonymous


St. Nick photo

About the presenter:

Marc Kotz is a life-long performing artist and teacher who delights in venturing to other cultures and times through the means of dance, tehatre, music and educational exploration. His career has taken him around the world (literally and figuratively,) delving into diverse cultures and artistic disciplines. He has performed in numerous dance and theater forms, collaborated on two dozen plays/musicals/operas and has choreographed and directed ten concert-length productions, half of which were his own original scripts. Marc received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow, has taught all ages from pre-school to the aged (including 12 years at the university level) and directs his own arts-integration company, Born 2 Move Movement Adventures, LLC.

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For more information, contact:

Dean Leisgang
Distance Learning Coordinator & Scheduler
(920) 617-5633


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