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dance and the importance of emergency preparedness

Westport’s Academy of Dance is proud of our own Teacher and Choreographer David Fernandez and Student Charlotte Barrato for helping The Mayor’s Office of New York City and The New York City Emergency Management Department…

our 37th annual production of the nutcracker – tickets now available!

Please join us for our 37th annual production of The Nutcracker…

wywl’s craftwestport 2018!

Please join us at The Westport Young Woman’s League CraftWestport 2018 at Staples High School…

our 5th annual production of alice (2018): full performance video

Enjoy this video showing our full 2018 5th Annual Production of Alice…

2018 -2019 season registration

Registration for our 2018 -2019 season is rapidly approaching…

westport minute man race 2018

What a fantastic event… check out the performance video here!

2018 summer camps

Join us at the Academy for various summer dance camp programs…

flex: family fun at the westport library today!

The Academy of Dance is proud to be among the sponsors for today’s FLEX:FAMILY FUN at the Westport Library. Please join us for for the day’s events between 10:00am and 5:00pm!

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the nutcracker 2017 (full-length video)

the nutcracker 2017 (full-length video)

Enjoy this full-length video of our 36th annual production of The Nutcracker…

Westport’s Academy of Dance is proud of our own Teacher/Choreographer David Fernandez and Student Charlotte Barrato for helping The New York City Emergency Management Department raise awareness and educate on the importance of emergency preparedness.

“Moving Through It” shows the phases of an emergency through dance. David’s choreography demonstrates the actions and emotions in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from an event. This marks the first time New York City Emergency Management has used dance to raise awareness and educate on the importance of emergency preparedness.

Watch the full video in English here…

Spanish translation available here…

Produced by: Craig Hyland, David Fernandez and James McConnell in collaboration with The Mayor’s Office of New York City and The New York City Emergency Management Department.

Video Directed and Edited by: David Schiliro

Featuring: Shannon Maynor (Eglevsky Ballet), Morgan Stinnett (Cello Pointe) Dona Wiley (Cello Pointe), Julian Wanderer (School of American Ballet), Charlotte Barrato (Westport’s Academy of Dance), Christopher Grant (New York City Ballet), Traci Finch (The Suzanne Farrell Ballet), Paunika Jones (Brooklyn Ballet) and Miku Kawamura (Brooklyn Ballet)

To learn more about this project and to donate please visit The Dance Films Association…

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Staged every December for the past 36 years, this professional production includes Academy students that are enrolled in our ballet program. Our Junior and Senior Company members dance the leads with the addition of professional male dancers in their appropriate roles. The Academy’s Nutcracker has become a Westport tradition that fills the holiday season with sweet treats, from tiny angels and brave soldiers to delicate dew drops and radiant sugar plums.

This year’s guest artist is New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Ask la Cour.

Performed at Staples High School on Sat. 12/1 at 3:00 & 7:00pm, Sun. 12/2 at 2:00pm.

Tickets for all performances can be purchased here…

Watch last year’s performance here!

Please call 203.226.9987 or visit westportdance.com for more information.

 

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Please join us at The Westport Young Woman’s League CraftWestport 2018  at Staples High School where The Academy  is among the sponsors of “Family Fun Day” on Sunday, 11/4 – featuring activities and demonstrations for kids and their families…

Prizes, giveaways and performances featuring Academy dancers beginning at 2:00pm on Sunday!

For more information please click here…

Enjoy this video showing our full 2018/5th Annual Production of Alice!

Original choreography by Courtney Polous, Alice – a fun and funky take on the children’s classic Alice in Wonderland. The program highlights jazz, tap and modern styles of dance. All rights reserved” (c) 2018.

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Another Westport Academy of Dance season is rapidly approaching!

Enroll in person at the studio, online or via regular mail. Please feel free to call the studio (203.226.9987) or contact us via email with any questions.

What a fantastic event!  Thank you Tina Meehan and the members of Westport Young Woman’s League (WYWL) for this opportunity. Great job dancers! Thanks to Miss Caitlin for the choreography and for capturing this performance video.

Check out our Facebook post for images from the event!

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Join us at the Academy for various summer dance camp programs. Short-term sessions and private instruction also available for all ages and levels.

Download the appropriate forms per age group here… Please email us or call the studio (203.226.9987) with any questions, or for assistance placing your dancer into the appropriate program.

academy_of_dance_FLEX_blogThe Academy of Dance is proud to be among the sponsors for today’s FLEX:FAMILY FUN at the Westport Library. Please join us for for the day’s events between 10:00am and 5:00pm!

Academy Families and Members of our Community…

It has been brought to our attention that our landlords at 345 Post Road West have filed an “Application for Special Permit” to attempt to make this location eligible for a CT Medical Marijuana Dispensary. We were not aware of these intentions and we are working with our landlords to better understand their recent actions.

It is important for our dance community to know that Westport’s Academy of Dance is legally bound by a current lease that entitles us to remain at 345 Post Road West as we have done successfully for many years.

Our classes, performances, privacy and typical routines will not be disrupted or infringed upon in any way. The Academy is NOT closing… and we are not planning to move.

As always we thank you for your ongoing support and appreciate your willingness to share this message with other members of our community.

The Staff at Westport’s Academy of Dance
Body, Spirit, & Grace Through Dance

Enjoy this full-length video of our 36th annual production of The Nutcracker. The Academy’s cherished holiday tradition performed at Staples High School in December, 2017.

(Full-screen view is recommended – please click the arrows in the lower right corner of the video player next to “HD”)

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.
All rights reserved” (c) 2016.

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

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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 wait to participate next year.

Click here to see the results!

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Also…our very own Jess Riniti was acknowledged in the Westport News for her performance in the Nutcracker!

Click here to read the article!

 

Our Winter Showcase workshop was added to the line up of ongoing academy performances to give our talented teachers, choreographers and students the chance to further illustrate their creativity. Read the rest of this entry »

Share Staples High School Sophomore and Academy student Jill Rappaport’s experiences as a dancer in the Academy’s Nutcracker productions.  Read this inklings article for a first hand account of how magical her experience was and is.  Thanks Jill, for sharing your thoughts and your dancing with us for so many years and for sharing them with all of us!

excerpt from february 17th’s arts section of the los angeles times about the kings of dance performance:

The evening’s revelation was Joaquin De Luz, the spitfire Spaniard who drew the eye in Wheeldon’s otherwise bland, traction-free quartet that turned Schubert into wallpaper. De Luz stood out not because he was the shortest in the cast but because he was the best. Every inch a mover, De Luz now dances with New York City Ballet where, in stature and moxie, he evokes the young Edward Villella. De Luz wore casual practice clothes when firing off a merciless battery of triple tours en l’air in David Fernandez’s “Five Variations on a Theme.” He nailed every last one.

call the city center to see if they have any tickets left for this weekend’s performances.  it will be an evening to remember!

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