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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

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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.

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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.

Thinking about your summer dance plans…Check out what these 3 dancers experienced last year. 

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Name: Miranda Saunders           Age: 17

 Where did you dance last summer (2015)?

Joffrey Ballet,  Jazz and Contemporary NYC

Did you have to audition for this program?

yes

Why did you choose this program?

I had never attended a program in NYC and thought it would be a neat experience. It was also a convenient program for me because I was able to pick and choose the weeks I wanted to attend so as to fit my own summer schedule. Also, I had never attended a jazz and contemporary summer program, so I wanted to give it a shot!

 What was your favorite experience?

For the ballet program, I got to stay in an apartment in Greenwich village. My roommates were great…one from Belgium, one from Mexico, and our very own Jane Schutte. The apartment was kind of dumpy, but living in the village was really fun! I lived in the financial district for the jazz and contemporary program…although the housing was much nicer, I preferred the excitement of the village. The teachers at both these programs were pretty awesome, and I had a new teacher for nearly every class. I even got to take a variations class taught by NYCB principal Maria Kowroski! Some of the teachers were tough, but I think I learned a lot from all of them.

I found it refreshing to go to a program with dancers from all different backgrounds and from all over the world; in the ballet program, I had classmates from Japan, Argentina, and Brazil!

One thing I really disliked about this program is that my schedule would leave me with 2-3 hour breaks. I’m not sure why this was because there was plenty of studio space and staff…but it really dragged out the day and I found it very irritating to have to completely warm up again after the breaks.

 What kind of dance genres did you do?

The ballet program: ballet, pointe, pas de deux, variations, modern

Jazz and Contemporary Program: ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, improvisation, improvisation with voice, Horton, Cunningham, hip hop, street jazz, modern, African…

Did you learn anything new during your experience?

I learned a lot at the jazz and contemporary program because I was introduced to so many different styles; I was definitely forced out of my comfort zone. Many of the students at the program were committed trainees who had more experience in different styles of dance than me, so I think I was able to learn a lot from watching them.

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

2 weeks Joffrey Ballet NYC

2 weeks Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary NYC

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Name: Amanda Kenner Age: 16

Where did you dance last summer (2014)?

American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive  in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Did you have to audition for this program?

Yes

Why did you choose this program?

I auditioned for ABT’s summer program, and was placed in North Carolina which is a fairly high level, so I decided it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

What was your favorite experience?

My favorite experience was the final performance at the end.

What kind of dance genres did you do?

There was a heavy emphasis on ballet, but we also took modern, jazz, yoga, pilates, and character classes. We also took classes about specific parts of ballet, like mime, variations, port de bras, and even walking/running on stage.

Did you learn anything new during your experience?

I learned about ballet mime and taking notes on choreography and corrections, besides just improving my technique. I also learned how to warm up properly, which doesn’t mean just stretching.

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

4 weeks

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Name: Carolyn Cassell Age: 13

Where did you dance last summer (2014)?

CPYB in Carlisle, PA

 Did you have to audition for this program?

 We didn’t have to audition to get it, but to get a level.

 Why did you choose this program?

 Because a lot of my friends were going and the teachers said it was really good.

 What was your favorite experience?

 Having lessons with new teachers because they had a different style of teaching.

What kind of dance genres did you do?

 Mostly ballet and one class of modern a week.

 Did you learn anything new during your experience?

 I learned a lot more about technique. 

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

5 weeks.

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summer camp 2015

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We are in full summer swing at the Academy! Camp is running offering ballet, jazz and other genres. Here is a sneak peak behind the scenes…

 

There is still time to sign up for the last two weeks of camp. Click here for more details!

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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.

We are in our third week of summer camp at the Academy and having lots of fun!

Here is a sneak peak of what we have been up to this summer!

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 »

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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.

In addition to ballet camps, new this year Read the rest of this entry »

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we are embarking on a new journey this summer — a workshop and summer camp featuring a fun and funky new take on the children’s classic, alice in wonderland.  with original choreography from our own Courtney Poulos, the production will highlight jazz, tap and modern styles of dance, and will be open to dancers of all disciplines, various levels and ages (5-18).  the workshop and the summer camp will commence with a performance!

click here for more information and enrollment forms

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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. Enrollment forms available for download below:

Ages 3yrs. – 6yrs. (entering Pre-K thru 1st grade)
Entering 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade
Entering 6th or 7th grade
June classes for dancers entering grade 6-12 in Fall 2011

Please email us or call the studio (203.226.9987) with any questions, or for assistance placing your dancer into the appropriate program.