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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…

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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The Academy is excited to be among the sponsors of the upcoming 40th Annual Westport Young Woman’s League Minute Man Race on Sunday April 22, 2018…

Some of our dancers will be performing at the event, and we invite all from our dance community to join us in support of this fantastic and super fun tradition!

 

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!

Please come join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and several other dancers from our production at the Westport women’s club Nutcracker Tea on Saturday, Nov 29th from 2-4pm.   Mary Ellen Marpe, wife of first selectman of Westport, Jim Marpe, will be doing a live reading of the Nutcracker, followed by appearances by many of the cast members!   Dancers will take pictures, sign autographs, and delight your little one in their dazzling costumes.   Sweet treats, cakes, tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, and tea will be served, and attendance of the event will include automatic entry to win several holiday raffle gifts.  Tickets to this event are $40. All proceeds will go to support the performing arts program at the Waltersville school in Bridgeport, CT.  Please visit http://www.westportwomansclub.org/ for information and to buy tickets.

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Also this year, Westport’s Academy of Dance will be partnering with the longstanding children’s charity Al’s Angels, by holding a holiday Toy Drive at each performance of the show.    Please join us in supporting this wonderful by cause by bringing a new, unwrapped gift with you when attending the performance.   All toys will be wrapped by volunteers at Al’s Angels and distributed to children in need, battling cancer, rare blood diseases, and those in severe financial hardship.   During this magical time of year, please help us to provide children who are less fortunate with a token of love and the holiday spirit!  And please visit http://www.alsangels.org/ to find out more about Al’s Angels and what you can do to help their wonderful efforts.
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Over the weekend, Junior and Senior company members participated in National Dance Week Foundation’s Kick It Challenge. This event was to promote dance and fitness in the community. After a few rehearsals, the girls performed in several locations including downtown Westport. If you missed this live performance or if you want to see it again, here is the edited video of that day. This video is also up on NDWF’s website!

http://www.nationaldanceweek.org/picture-video/kickit-2013/video/

 

Great Job Girls!

Hi!  My name is Samantha Sheppard and I’ve been dancing with the Academy of Dance for 6 years.  Dance is one of my passions, as I’m sure it is one of yours!  I’m currently working on a community project that will allow me to share my passion with other dancers who are much less fortunate than me, by donating recital costumes and leotards to Read the rest of this entry »