SPECIAL FEATURE

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

GraceB
A huge congratulations to WAD alumni Grace Bergonzi, who has just been named an apprentice with Ailey II, the 2nd company of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.   Founded in 1974 as the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Ailey II embodies Mr. Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Under the direction of Sylvia Waters from 1974 to 2012, and currently under the direction of Troy Powell, the company has flourished into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.
Read more about Ailey II & the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre here: https://www.alvinailey.org/about/ailey-ii

After training at Westport’s Academy of Dance thru 2013, Ms. Bergonzi received the Jogues Scholarship and the Alvin Ailey Artistic Merit Scholarship as she entered the  B.F.A. program at Fordham/Ailey.  She graduated summa cum laude in May of 2017, and we are so thrilled for her next chapter, as apprentice with this magnificent company!

 Congrats, Grace!

Westport’s Academy of Dance is proud to announce that Miss Courtney’s piece ‘To this day’ will be performing in the 2017 Slam Jam. The Academy is supporting the anti-bullying movement in Westport and we are thrilled to be performing at such an important community event.

 

The 2017 SlamJam is a performance art showcase in which high school teens express their feelings about empathy and kindness as well as bullying, exclusion and their social world. Dance, music, rap, poetry, spoken word and song are all represented in this dramatic and powerful evening of exceptional talent. Teens from all over Fairfield County are participating.

Emcee’d by Poetry Slam award-winning artist CEEZ LIIVE, the 2017 SlamJam promises to move and motivate audiences of all ages. Inspired by events in Westport and surrounding areas, as well as by the Westport Arts Center’s “More Than Words” exhibit, SKATEmovement.org (K2BK Founders) presents the 2017 SlamJam – Teens with something to say.

For more information about this event and the link for reg tickets:

http://www.westportplayhouse.org/specialevents/communityevents#2017SlamJam

(If you would like to join us for VIP seating,  you need to call the box office at (203) 227-4177.  Includes pre-performance champagne “meet and greet” and post performance party)

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

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.

Nut770

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.
Nut336
 

 

SDC

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!

 

Ever wonder who choreographs the various high school musicals in Fairfield County? Well, for the past 3 months, Westport’s Academy of Dance Teacher Miss Caitlin has been busy choreographing The Drowsy Chaperone for Darien’s High School Spring Musical. The performances are on March 20, 21, and 22nd at Darien High School at 7pm. Click here for tickets!

drowsyposter

 

Also look out next month because Westport’s Academy of Dance student  and Senior company member, Jane Schutte has been assisting in choreographing Shrek The Musical at Coleytown Middle School. Performances are April 3, 4, and 5th. Click here for more details and tickets!

shrek

WAD Teachers

Your dance teachers work REALLY hard. Want to show them you appreciate all that they do for you and for dance…Discount Dance is doing its first annual Dance Teacher Award! Nominate one of your dance teachers today!!!

 

Miss Nancy!   Miss Catalina!   Miss Tollie!   Miss Courtney!   Miss Caitlin!   Mr. Ted!   Mr. David!

Click here to fill out the form!

 

Click below to read more about this amazing way to recognize your dance teacher.

http://blog.discountdance.com/first-annual-dance-teacher-of-the-year-award/

http://www.discountdance.com/teacherAwards.php

Kickline2013

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!

Jess

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

Click here to read the article!

 

2013_nutcracker_blog_banner

It’s not too late! Order your tickets, tell your friends, share our Facebook event group and spread the love for The Nutcracker.

Performed at Staples High School
Saturday, 12.7.13 at 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, 12.8.13 at 2:00pm

Call the studio for more information: 203.226.9987

Download the ticket order form

Watch the trailer from the 2010 Nutcracker Movie

A very behind the scenes look at our 26th year

 

America’s Got Talent 2013 winner, Kenichi Ebina shows us once again how unique and inspiring dance can be. Working with his “danceish” style, kenichi performed some awesome hip hop moves and tricks that truly impressed the american audience.

So why does the Westport’s Academy of Dance love Kenichi? Well, besides his obvious talent and dance moves, Kenichi was Miss Caitlin’s first hip hop teacher! Want to check out some of Kenichi’s dance moves? Click here to view!

Check out channel 12 today beginning at 5:30pm as they will be showing footage from today’s nutcracker rehearsal!

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!

academy teacher david fernandez has been commissioned to choreograph a piece which will premiere this season at the dance theater of harlem.  check back for more information, pictures and performance schedules!

click here to read dance magazine‘s online article about kings of the dance.  joaquin de luz’s piece was choregraphed by academy teacher david fernandez.  once again, congratulations david!

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!

Westport’s Academy of Dance Performs 28th Annual Nutcracker | Inklings News | Staples High School | Westport, CT

Posted using ShareThis

As if our Nutcracker 2008 dress rehearsal wasn’t exciting enough! We were fortunate that the anticipation of the academy’s 27th annual performance created enough buzz to be featured on News 12. Congratulations Nutcracker performers, parents, teachers, volunteers and all those that make the show such a success.

Click above to watch the News 12 segment