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miss tollie 20 year anniversary

This recital weekend we enjoyed several amazing performances and celebrated Miss Tollie’s 20th year teaching at the Academy. To honor her, we have created a video that highlights her incredible career. Thank you Miss Tollie for all that you do for the Academy! Special thank you to Miss Caitlin for putting this wonderful tribute together. […]

2017 summer camps!

2017 summer camps!

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

our 35th anniversary 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 […]

the nutcracker movie

the nutcracker movie

Watch the trailer here

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

more than words

11.15.16

Wishing a very special congratulations to Courtney Poulos and the WAD dancers for their acceptance into the MORE Than Words exhibition.

Be sure to stop by the Westport Arts Center to view all the wonderful works that center around such an important topic facing our kids and adults alike. The exhibit is open until January 7th, 2017.

MORE Than Words/#Iammore

The Westport Arts Center announces the MORE Than Words/#iammore exhibition, featuring selected works by the community at large.   The works were designed in support of the theme of the Arts Center’s previous exhibition MORE Than Words – courage, resilience and empowerment in the face of bullying – featuring pieces by some of the most important contemporary artists of our time.

 If you would like to learn more information about please click here. #iammore

artist brigade

04.11.16
Academy families, please take a moment to learn about NicaPhoto, a wonderful organization that is doing an enormous amount of work for disadvantaged children and their families living in the poorest barrios of Nicaragua.  We learned of their work through the Evans family who are also generously involved in a related non-profit organization, CT Quest for Peace, with a focus on sustainable solutions to similar needs in the same region.
 
The Evans family has graciously been part of our Academy family as former students, volunteers, and most recently as Abby has joined our staff! Please join us in supporting these extremely important initiatives, as together we can leverage the power of dance and the arts to help promote change.
 
Please be on the look out for signage in the studio, updates on the Academy blogFacebook and Twitter accounts where we will announce specific dates and times for planed clothing, dance apparel and school supply donations, fundraising events, and other related initiatives. A small amount goes a very long way!
 
We are so thankful for your support.  Anyone interested in getting more involved please email us! 
Nancy, and the staff at the Academy

 

 

 

 
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Westport Academy of Dance teacher David Fernandez is at it again! Some Dance Company’s tickets for Encore! are up and on sale at Ticketmaster. Feel free to purchase your tickets, and pass the link on and spread the word! This special performance takes place on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 7pm and is featuring some of the Academy students!

To get your tickets, Click Here! 

Also, please check out the Kickstarter campaign. Ticket sales can go to benefit Career Transition for Dancers, a great organization that has helped numerous dancers in transition from their performance careers.  Our Kickstarter link is below, and feel free to also pass it on to other dance/arts enthusiasts.

Help support Some Dance Company on Kickstater! Click Here to make a contribution!

Finally, we leave you with a fun video put together by David featuring our lovely Academy Students!

 

Westport’s Academy of Dance is excited to announce this evening’s performance of Alice – a fun and funky new take on the children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland. Read the rest of this entry »

an evening with some dance company-choreography by david fernandezclick here to purchase tickets on line or call 347.255.9225! a fantastic evening of dance on february 27, 2012 presented at the el museo del barrio theater, 1230 fifth avenue at 104th street nyc.  in addition to stars from the new york city ballet and american ballet theatre also performing are several of our students in a piece choreographed by david earlier this year!  grace bergonzi, member of our senior company, will also be performing alongside some of the best dancers in the world–don’t miss it!  net proceeds will benefit career transition for dancers.  we hope to see you there.

We’re excited to announce that The Dance on Camera Festival, co-produced by Dance Films Association (DFA) and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, has accepted our work as part of the 40th annual internationally touring Dance on Camera Festival and will be screened at The Walter Reade Theater in January of the coming year!

The piece was choreographed by our own David Fernandez and features the Academy dancers Read the rest of this entry »

Every year the show is so unique and we get to experience the energy and enthusiasm of the live performance for those two magical days.  With the video, we continually strive to capture each moment in a format that will  last forever – So the memories stay fresh and the experience can be remembered.

If you’ve received your 2010 nutcracker movie, you’ve probably noticed Read the rest of this entry »

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Westport’s Academy of Dance is excited to welcome fit for movement – a fitness/wellness collective that will offer ongoing classes and workshops in various styles of yoga, zumba, mat pilates, and nutrition to students, parents, friends, and the surrounding community.

We’re looking forward to sharing our space with the collective as we see great opportunity for all to benefit from these disciplines.  We hope you will take a look at the course offerings and find value in those aligned with your aspirations and interests.

As a special thank you, the Academy will sponsor a private event on Monday 10/11, from 8:30am to 1:30pm, where Academy students and their families can meet a few of the instructors, learn about their respective disciplines, and participate in complimentary demo classes.  Below is a summary of the planned events:

8:30-9:00am: meet & greet with Mimi (yoga)
9:00-10:00am: demo yoga class
10:00-10:30am: meet & greet with Nathalia (zumba)
10:30-11:00am: zumbatomic demo
11:00-11:30am: zumba demo
11:30-12:00pm: meet & greet with Brandi (mat pilates)
12:00-12:30pm: mat pilates demo
12:30-1:30pm: open forum and light refreshments

Please rsvp via email as demos will fill up!

We hope that you can join us. Remember, all classes are complimentary for the remainder of that week. Check out the fit for movement class calendar to reserve your spot for ongoing sessions.

Westport’s Academy of Dance is excited to welcome fit for movement – a fitness/wellness collective that will offer ongoing classes and workshops in various styles of yoga, zumba, mat pilates, and nutrition to students, parents, friends, and the surrounding community.
We’re looking forward to sharing our space with the collective as we see great opportunity for Academy families to experience these disciplines.  We hope you will take a look at the course offerings and find value in those aligned with your aspirations and interests.
As a special thank you, The Academy will sponsor a private event on Monday 10/11, from 8:30am to 1:30pm, where Academy students and their families can meet the teachers, learn about their respective disciplines and participate in complimentary demo classes.  Below is a summary of the days events:
8:30-9:00am: meet & greet with Mimi (yoga)
9:00-10:00am: demo yoga class
10:00-10:30am: meet & greet with Nathalia (zumba)
10:30-11:00am: zumbatomic demo
11:00-11:30am: zumba demo
11:30-12:00pm: meet & greet with Brandi (mat pilates)
12:00-12:30pm: mat pilates demo
12:30-1:30pm: open forum and light refreshments
Please rsvp via email as demos will fill up!
We hope that you can join us. Remember, all classes are complimentary for the remainder of that week. Check out the fit for movement class calendar to reserve your spot for ongoing sessions.

julie lunde, senior company dancer, organized a wonderful dance program at the academy this summer in conjunction with SEPTA (special education pta).  she loves dance so much, as do the other students teaching with her this summer, that she is sharing it with children who might not have another opportunity to take dance classes.

the classes are open to special needs boys and girls and our senior company teachers hope that the power of dance and music will help these new dancers feel like the stars they are!  the majority of the dancers are between the ages of 6-8 but we do have two 15 year old girls who will take some classes and work on more advanced steps while helping out the younger dancers as well.

the academy is very proud of our dancers for putting together this very special program.  thank you julie lunde, allison o’toole, elena adams, lacey waterhouse, grace osgood and julia edelman for your time, expertise and willingness to give back to our community.

This is a no-cost program and classes will run once a week until august 10th.  pictured below are julie lunde and allison o’toole getting ready for their first class setting up chairs so that parents can watch class and be part of the magic.

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“White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants” will be performed at:

First Look: Brooklyn Ballet & Friends on Saturday May 15 at 8PM @ Performance Space at The Schermerhorn (160 Schermerhorn St.)

The wonderful Katie Moorhead, Georgia St Onge Lathrop, and our own Natalie Lambelet Palacios will be performing the piece.

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once again, david fernandez’s choreography has been selected to be performed with new york city ballet’s finest dancing in a lead role.  this time as part of ballet builders 2010, an annual group show by emerging choreographers,  ask la cour, nyc ballet soloist will be dancing the lead role in objects in mirror are closer than they appear. also appearing in david’s piece is academy teacher natalie anne lambelet palacious.

performances are:
friday, april 9th at 8pm
saturday, april 10th at 8pm
sunday, april 11 at 3pm

the performance will be held at the joan weill center for dance in the alvin ailey american dance theater located at 55th and 9th.  click here to purchase tickets.

hope to see you there!

beautifulfaces of westport has changed their name to facesbeautiful.  gail sagel, owner, has given her time and expertise over the years to teach us how to apply stage make-up.  her expertise has made our dancer’s beautiful faces look even more beautiful on stage.  click here to see  special offers for february.

did you know that attitude dance & activewear moved?  they are now only 1 mile from our studio at 330 westport ave. in norwalk.  map it.