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our nutcracker performance is this weekend!

our nutcracker performance is this weekend!

A Westport holiday tradition…

nutcracker 2017 is almost here

nutcracker 2017 is almost here…

our 2017-2018 season is in session

our 2017-2018 season is in session

Another Westport Academy of Dance season is rapidly approaching…

our 35th performance of the nutcracker (full-length video)

Watch our 35th anniversary performance of The Nutcracker here…

alice 2016 video trailer

alice 2016 video trailer

watch the video montage here

performance hair and make-up prep video

For tips and info on preparing hair and make-up for a performance, click to watch the video above Download demo video for iPhone by clicking here

we’re winners and other stories

As many of you know, last month Jr. and Sr. Company members participated in National Dance Week Foundation’s Kick It Challenge. After submitting our video, we were recognized as one of the winners of the 2nd Annual Video Contest in the category of dance studios! We are so excited to be recognized for our efforts and can’t […]

winter showcase video

winter showcase video

Watch the video montage, download video for your iPhone…

one dancer’s love of the nutcracker

Staples High School Sophomore and Academy student Jill Rappaport’s experiences as a dancer in the Academy’s… read more

rave reviews for the academy’s david fernandez and his choreography for joaquin de luz

David Fernandez’s “Five Variations on a Theme” performed by Joaquin De Luz, New York City Ballet…read more

Enjoy this video showing the full 2017 production of Alice

Alice is this weekend! Check out The Inklings behind the scenes video interview and get your tickets today!

https://vimeo.com/216200064

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Spring is here and so is Westport’s Academy of Dance 4th annual production of Alice.  Original choreography by Courtney Polous, Alice - a fun and funky new take on the children’s classic Alice in Wonderland.  The program highlights jazz, tap and modern styles of dance. All performances will be held at Bedford Middle School Sunday May 14th at 1:00pm and 5:00pm.

Please click here for tickets…

Watch the trailer from last year’s performance here!

Please check out this quick montage of this year’s Alice performance!

Original choreography from our own Courtney Poulos. The show highlights jazz, tap and modern styles of dance, and features music crossing many genres.

alice 2015

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Spring is here and so is Westport’s Academy of Dance 2nd annual production of Alice.  Original choreography by Courtney Polous, Alice - a fun and funky new take on the children’s classic Alice in Wonderland.  The program highlights jazz, tap and modern styles of dance. All performances will be held at Bedford Middle School this Sunday May 3rd at 1:00pm and 5:00pm.  Follow the behind the scenes on our Instagram and Facebook page. Click here to see a special video:

http://animoto.com/play/FsUFnihXMKI5bEPifqOWTg

Alice Collage

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Mark your calendar for December 15th, because Alice Auditions are right around the corner!

This Spring Production is open to Academy dancers of all disciplines, various levels, and ages 1st grade and above.

Rehearsals will be exclusively on weekends, and dancers will perform the show at Bedford Middle School on May 3, 2015.

Auditions will be held on December 15th, 4-9pm (exact times by grade TBA). Everyone who auditions will receive a part in the show!

Click here to see excerpts of last year’s performance: http://westportdance.com/blog/special-feature/alice-2014-montage/

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What a show… a further refined Academy performance with original choreography from our own Courtney Poulos.  The show highlights jazz, tap and modern styles of dance, and features music crossing many genres.

alice: 2014

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Scenes from our 2014 Alice performance – Photography by Kerry Long.

We have two great performances this weekend! Be sure to get your tickets and tell your friends!

Click here to see the promotional Alice video and meet all of the amazing characters.

And…

This year our featured student choreographer has given us some insight into her process. Take a look.

Name: Jess Riniti

 Age: 18

 Is this your first time choreographing a piece for the stage?

This is my first time choreographing a piece for the stage and it is a great honor to be able to do so. It is such a wonderful gift that I get to close out my years at the Academy taking on the role that I have seen my teachers appear to do with ease for so long. It turns out, they’re superheroes, because it was far from easy.

What was your inspiration for this piece?

I fell in love with the song first, and then the story eventually came to me. The song in its most “in your face” form is about letting go of a significant other, but I didn’t think that was something that the dancers might necessarily be able to relate to. However I think that something that is closer to the hearts of people our age is the transition from childhood to adulthood and learning about adult things. Everyone loves childhood but longs to not be innocent anymore, everyone wants to grow up until they’re grown up and then they’d do anything to go back. There’s a fear of losing your innocence but also wanting to give it up to learn about what your parents and big brothers and sisters have bragged about for so long. So since we’re all kind of going through giving up and losing the innocence and ignorance of childhood, I thought that would be a good subject.

Have you been influenced by any choreographers in your life or during this process?

I’m an avid fan of So You Think You Can Dance so choreographers like Travis Wall and Mia Michaels are definitely big inspirations to me. The way their dances evoke such emotions from their audience members is so inspiring and it makes me want to make something that makes my audience feel the same way. I get lost in their story and the way the dancers move. Not everyone can make that happen.

What have your learned from your experience?

I’ve learned that patience is one of the most wonderful qualities in dancers. Amy and Jane have been so amazing and patient with my as I learn how to figure out each step along the way. I’ve learned what it feels like to push your boundaries, which is amazing and scary at the same time. Going into this uncharted territory helped me to feel better about going away to college next year. I came out on the other side of this long and scary journey a better person so now whatever life throws at me; I will dive in headfirst.

Winter/Spring Workshop will be performed at Bedford Middle School:

Saturday May 17th: 11:00am-12:00pm

Sunday May 18th:  3:30-4:30pm.

Alice will also be performed at Bedford Middle School:

Saturday May 17th: 3:00-4:15pm

Sunday May 18th: 2:00-3:15pm

 

 

April 25th-May4th is National Dance Week! To celebrate and acknowledge our love for dance, we want to join in the fun!

A special poster will be hanging on the wall by studio 1 where you can write, “Why you love to dance” and share with everyone. Maybe the music moves you or you love to dance gracefully like a ballerina. Whatever the reason, we want to encourage everyone to share their love for dance!

The studio is BUZZING this month with Alice and Workshop performances only two weeks away! Shortly after that we have our Spring Recitals and then summer is here! Talk about a great month of dance! Be sure to get your tickets to both of these wonderful events today!

In other news, some of our little dancers performed in NYC this past Monday for Academy teacher David Fernandez. The performance titled “Encore!” was a great success and a wonderful experience for all! Congratulations to all of the dancers involved!

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the cast list and rehearsal schedule are posted on our website!  congratulations to this year’s cast!