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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

Want to see dance??? Miss Courtney and her sister Monica have created the company Tapperlesque and submitted their work to be performed September 17th, 2016. The NYC Choreographer’s Forum, produced by former Radio City Rockette Denise Caston, is an opportunity for choreographers to present their work to colleagues and peers. This inaugural event will feature styles including tap, jazz, theatre dance, and contemporary. Choreographers included in this diverse evening are Germaine Salzburg, Sue Samuels, former Tap Dog Anthony Locascio, Mark Albrecht, Kat Katona, Cooper Flanagan, Angela Morgan, Julia Kane, Monica Poulos, and more! Miss Caitlin is also performing with Miss Courtney’s Company.

Click here for more details and to purchase tickets: http://www.nycchoreographersforum.com

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

pointe shoe info

09.26.14

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Each year a new group of students at Westport’s Academy of Dance begins their adventure in learning the art of Pointe work. Besides all the glamor and beauty that is most often associated with pointe shoes, there also requires a lot of work. Careful preparation is taken to make sure each student to physically capable to take on this dance style.

To better understand all that goes into this beautiful art form, check out these various websites.

1. Are you ready for Pointe shoes? Click here to see how your teachers determine your readiness, http://www.danceadvantage.net/pointe-readiness/!

2. What kind of pointe shoes should you wear? Click here to find out your foot type, http://pointeperfect.com/learn-your-foot-type-pointe-fitting/

3. Want to see how pointe shoes made? This video shows how the Freed Company makes Pointe shoes. Click here to see the video, http://digg.com/video/how-ballet-shoes-get-made?utm_source=digg&utm_medium=email

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!

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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!

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Announcing

 

Adult Dance Classes

 

With Westport’s Academy of Dance Teachers

 

 Classes start Monday March 10th, 2014

 

Special Promotion for our opening week!
Only $25 for unlimited classes!
(week of March 10th only)

Click here for more information and to be taken to the website.

Hope to see everyone dancing soon and please spread the word!

Thinking about where you might want to go for a summer dance experience? We asked a few of our Company members to share their experiences from last summer. See Below.

CPYB (Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet): Carlisle, PA

Attendees: Elizabeth Rhoads and Abby Suppan                      Ages: 14

Did you have to audition for this program?

E: No

A:  Kind of. You had to send in pictures in an echappé and attitude, but they judged your level from that and a placement class on the second day. 

Why did you choose this program?

E: I heard great things about it from my neighbor, Nancy and friends.

A: I chose this program because it was recommended to me and I went with a friend.

What was your favorite experience?

E: My favorite experience was coming back and seeing how much I improved and how much the camp was worth it.

A: I loved living in the dorms and walking to class everyday. I found it relaxing and fun because I had the time to walk and talk with my friends.

My favorite activity out of the town and off the campus was going to Penn’s Cave. It was so much fun and so cool to see the inside of a cavern. 

What kind of dance genres did you do?

E: I participated in ballet, modern, character and also supplemental classes including hip-hop, jazz, tap, modern, Pilates and yoga.

A: We did ballet, pointe, and jazz, but there was partnering offered for the older girls.

Did you learn anything new during your experience?

E: Definitely. Both times I went, I felt so much stronger and confident as a dancer as a whole once I returned. I also learned more dance moves that made others easier.

A: I learned a lot of new steps but I also improved my technique a lot

How long were you away or how long did you participate with this summer program?

E: I was away for 5 weeks but went twice, so 10.

A: 5 weeks (there is also a 2 week intensive in August)

 

Broadway Dance Center Summer Workshop Series, NYC

 Attendee: Lulu Busk                      Age: 14

Did you have to audition for this program?

No but there is limited room in classes so you have to sign up early

 Why did you choose this program?

I wanted to be able to commute in and out of the city, and wanted to get to dance with lots of different instructors. A great part about Broadway Dance Centers location is it’s only about a 10-minute walk from Grand Central Station.

What was your favorite experience?

My favorite experience was just the speed of it all. You are always moving and being asked to try or do something new. I loved having to learn combinations really quickly, and getting the privilege to meet so many new dancers and teachers who are all really helpful and kind.

 What kind of dance genres did you do?

Jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary all in the workshop, and then I took ballet classes in my free time in some off the great open classes offered at this school.

Did you learn anything new during your experience?

I learned a lot of new styles and tricks at this program. In turning and leaping classes I improved, and I got to attempt some new styles and types of dance like house, vogueing, gliding, and popping. I also learned how to quickly pick up difficult combinations which is a good skill to have for auditions and fast paced classes.

 How long were you away or how long did you participate with this summer program?

I did this program, and took open classes for 4 weeks but there are plenty of short workshops that students can attend.

 

ABT (American Ballet Theatre)

I’m Amanda Kenner and I’m 14. Last year I went to ABT Tuscaloosa Alabama. I chose this because I went the year before and I was familiar with the company. You do have to audition for it, but it’s not all that hard to get in. My favorite experience was the performance at the end, it was a recital of sorts. The intensive is three weeks long, and starts mid June through mid July. We learned ballet, modern, jazz, character, and Pilates even though it’s not exactly dance. We also took nutrition and anatomy classes on the weekends. Overall it was a great program and I really got a lot better. I learned all kinds of new steps, combinations, and dance etiquette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Just a few months ago, Dance Spirit ran a great feature on “The Best Stretches You’re Not Doing”. As dancers, we know how important it is to get our splits, back bends, leg extensions, etc… But we often forget about many of the other important muscles and joints that require our attention. A few examples from the article include stretching your ankles, hip flexors, inner rotators, gluteus, and chest.

Junior Company Ballet with Caitlin on Mondays will be exploring the benefits of these stretches over the next few weeks, but try them yourself and let us know if they help you.

Click here, to see the feature!

Attention Parents and Young Dancers! Want to master the skill of putting your own hair or your daughter’s into a classical ballet bun? We have the video for you!  Wearing your hair in a bun gives you the look of a ballet dancer and eliminates distractions messy hair may cause. Westport Academy of Dance asks that girls 3rd grade and up, attend all ballet classes with their hair pulled back in a classical ballet bun.

To view this tutorial, Click here!

Thank you courtney poulos for sharing this chance to win a scholarship to this year’s :pushing progress winter intensive being held in nyc. Click here to be directed to dancespirit magazine’s article and information on how enter your essay. good luck to all who enter! Dancers must be 13 years old by 12.27.11.

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 »

abt’s season is coming to an end.  check out their calendar and makes plans to see them perform before it’s over!

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