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our 2017-2018 season is rapidly approaching!

our 2017-2018 season is rapidly approaching!

Another Westport Academy of Dance season is rapidly approaching…

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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZISGu1xSb6Y&feature=youtu.be Special thank you to Miss Caitlin for putting this wonderful tribute […]

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

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 »

Can you find academy teacher caitlin roberts in this flash mob video?  Share with us which dancer you think she is!

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bravo to our wonderful teachers and choreographers catalina bohiltea, elizabeth coker giron, natalie lambelet-palacious, courtney poulos, caitlin roberts, and our student choreographer amy lalime.  ftc’s stage one theater was filled with amazing music and performances this past saturday afternoon.  our dancer’s hard work paid off and our audiences were on their feet!

a very special thanks to fred busk for his invaluable help setting up and taking down our dance floor … your generosity and spirit are greatly appreciated by all, especially our dancers who wouldn’t be able to perform without your help!  let’s not forget our film crew, visual mercernary group, whose talent and editing skills will be seen once again with a dvd recording of our amazing day.  thank you to gayle kirsch for running back stage again for us, it wouldn’t be such an efficient show without you.  we can’t wait for next year…our 3rd annual winter showcase!

pictures from dress rehearsal were posted to our facebook page last week … below are pictures of brightly colored pointe shoes from courtney’s piece “speak for yourself.” these pictures were taken after the first show as the colored shoes weren’t available for photographing at the rehearsal.  enjoy.

caitlin roberts and connecticut’s own velocity dance company will be debuting their newest piece, obscura, directed by lauri maclean this saturday march 12th: 305 k gallery in bridgeport at 4pm (suggested donation $5).

velocity both ignites and pays homage to the indigenous american art form of jazz dance, using powerful lines, vibrant energy and explosive movement.  with diverse choreography that explores a unique vision, velocity strives to engage, captivate and inspire audiences while bringing increased public awareness to this extraordinary style of dance.  artistic director lauri maclean’s latest work, ”obscura,” premiering this month, evokes subtle shades of reality’s underside with nocturnal imaginings that transcend the ordinary and color the stage with intriguing choreography evolving from a fascination with the obscure.

velocity has also been invited to perform at the ailey studios for the jtld choreographers showcase on march 26th, 8pm, at ailey studios (405 w. 55th street, ny). seating is limited and tickets are $15. click here to purchase.

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dc tap fest III

03.08.11

maud arnold, substitute academy teacher, dancer and choreographer will be performing and teaching at dc tap fest III on saturday, april 16th at the duke ellington theater in washington, dc.  a chole & maud production event that is sure to be great, register today!  check them out on their facebook page today.

Courtney Poulos had the opportunity to perform in Orlando Florida with Micheal Andrew And The Atomic Big Band over the holidays. The show was at the Plaza Theatre and it was a huge success!

Micheal Andrew is currently working with Jerry Lewis in producing The Nutty Professor on Broadway.

Westport’s Academy of Dance is thrilled to announce our second annual Winter Showcase ‘11, to be performed at FTC on StageOne on March 26, 2011. Our company and pre-company dancers will once again be given the opportunity to collaborate with choreographers and create unique, multi-disciplinary performance pieces within this exciting new forum.

Works will be rehearsed over a two month period, and will cover a wide range of styles and techniques. The performance world is a vast, dynamic place, and we are pleased to offer the opportunity for dancers to continually explore what dance has to offer.

Not only will this be a chance for students to perform without the boundaries of any specific category, they will also find themselves contributing to the creative process.

The final performances will also feature one student-choreographed work. In preparation for Winter Showcase ‘11, students were asked to present ideas to a panel of teachers. One has already been selected to choreograph a piece to be performed by that student’s peers. Sr. company member, Amy Lalime will rehearse over a two month period, and with the guidance of her teachers, see her inspiration come to fruition via dancers she has studied alongside for years.

The Academy teachers and students are excited to embark on this journey together, and we thank all of the talented individuals that will make it happen. We hope those in our community will also join us for the performances.

Please check back for ongoing updates.

Winter Showcase ‘11
FTC on StageOne
March 26, 2011
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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!

Great job keeping this a secret before the performance! Bravo to David’s choreography and to all the company girls and “special guest” dancers for making this piece fill the room with energy!

Click above to view the video clip

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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.

recital is just around the corner, may 22nd and 23rd at bedford middle school.  our dancers have been trying on their costumes and working very hard to put on the finishing touches to their dance pieces.  these girls came in on a saturday morning…an “extra” rehearsal for their modern piece choreographed by tollie barrato…looks like they worked hard and some fun too!

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dance magazine’s website … front and center … a photo slide show of the kings of dance.  click here to view.  our congratulations once again to academy teacher, david fernandez!  your piece in the show was amazing!

lynn swann … dance lessons were part of his master plan and played an important role in his journey to become a wide receiver for the pittsburgh steelers (1974-1982).  he played 9 seasons with the steelers during some of the greatest years in their franchise history.  he was the first draft pick in 1974 and became one of the top 10 steelers of all time.  he has been called the ballet master of the nfl amazing fans with his style and grace … and of course his jumps, leaps and amazing catches!  his movements were truly poetry in motion and appreciated by football and dance fans all over the country.  crediting dance lessons as an important part of his football training opened the door for many football players to openly take classes to help their grace, agility and form ultimately making them better players.

one could ask how high can he jump?”  “how far can he leap/reach?” “how did he make that 64 yd catch at Super Bowl X that led to the steelers victory over the dallas cowboys and his being named super bowl mvp?”  surely his dance training helped along with his amazing natural agility and ability.

he truly was an inspiration and role model to kids across the country and we have followed his career from football to sports broadcaster to pennsylvania politics.  read his induction speech into the football hall of fame given by john stallworth on august 4, 2001 for an understanding of the truly amazing man he is.

who knew?which academy teacher is carrying the ball as quarterback?  did you know that there is a long tradition between nfl football players and dance classes?  click here to read about one of the nfl’s most famous players who was seen in dance classes by many and certainly did look like a swan on the field.

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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!

dress rehearsal and performances were the highlight of this past weekend!  bravo to our wonderful teachers and choreographers, tollie barrato, catalina bohiltea, david fernandez, natalie lambelet palacious, courtney poulos, caitlin roberts, and our student choreographer julia edelman.  ftc’s stage one theater was filled with amazing music and performances on a beautiful sunday afternoon.  our dancer’s hard work paid off and our audiences were on their feet!

a very special thanks to fred busk and his son, for their invaluable help setting up and taking down our dance floor … your generosity and spirit are greatly appreciated by all, especially our dancers who wouldn’t be able to perform without your help!  let’s not forget our film crew, visual mercernary group, who’s talent and editing skills will be seen once again with a dvd recording of our amazing day.  thank you to gayle kirsch for running back stage again for us, it wouldn’t be such an efficient show without you.  we can’t wait for next year…our 2nd annual winter showcase!  enjoy the pictures below.

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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!

congratulations to david fernandez, academy teacher on his wonderful choreography showcased in the kings of the dance performance this last weekend at the city center.  several academy teachers and staff attended saturday evening’s performance to show support to david and were enchanted by joaquin de luz’s performance of david’s 5 variations on a theme.  bravo, bravo, bravo!  we couldn’t be more proud of you and joaquin.  we all had fun at the after party.

tickets are on sale for our winter showcase ’10 being performed at the fairfield theater company on stage one…70 sanford street, fairfield (at the metro north railroad station). performances will be at 1pm and 5pm on sunday march 7th…seating is limited so please purchase your tickets early. click here to download the order form.

we are excited about our first showcase where company and pre-company dancers cover a wide range of styles and techniques in these performances, giving them the opportunity to continually explore what dance has to offer. in addition to the professionally choreographed pieces, academy student julia edelman, will be debuting her first choreographed piece “underneath it all”.

show your support of the academy and their performers by attending the show!

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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!

the kings of dance will be at the city center feb 19-21 and new york city ballet principal joaquin de luz will be performing five variations on a theme choroegraphed by our very own david fernandez.  this piece premiered in russia and will be making its new york city debut on february 19th.  show your support by purchasing tickets today!  it promises to be an amazing evening of dance. learn more about the company by clicking here.

we love mondays!

01.25.10

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take the time to congratulate david fernandez, choreographing for a principal dancer from the new york city ballet is quite the honor!  the kings of dance will be at the city center feb 19-21 and new york city ballet principal joaquin de luz will be performing five variations on a theme choroegraphed by our very own david fernandez.  this piece premiered in russia and will be making its new york city debut on february 19th.  show your support by purchasing tickets today!  it promises to be an amazing evening of dance.  learn more about the performers by clicking here.

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an excerpt from david fernandez’s website:  a choreography by david fernandez performed by dancers from staten island ballet. this work premiered at the new york international choreographer’s festival, september 13, 2008.  view the video or check out his website.

ask david

01.05.10

ask david fernandez about his affiliation with kings of the dance and make plans to see them perform at the city center in february.

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Westport’s Academy of Dance is thrilled to announce our first annual Winter Showcase ’10, to be performed at FTC on StageOne in March of 2010.

The two scheduled performances will be the culmination of a new Academy workshop. Our company and pre-company dancers will be given the opportunity to collaborate with choreographers and create unique, multi-disciplinary performance pieces within an exciting new forum.

Works will be rehearsed over a two month period, and will cover a wide range of styles and techniques. The performance world is a vast, dynamic place, and we are pleased to offer the opportunity for dancers to continually explore what dance has to offer.

Not only will this be a chance for students to perform without the boundaries of any specific category, they will also find themselves contributing to the creative process.

The final performances will also feature one student-choreographed work. In preparation for Winter Showcase ’10, students were asked to present ideas to a panel of teachers. One has already been selected as the first student choreographed piece to be performed by that student’s peers. Sr. company member, Julia Edelman will rehearse over a two month period, and with the guidance of her teachers, see her inspiration come to fruition via dancers she has studied alongside for years.

The Academy teachers and students are excited to embark on this journey together, and we thank all of the talented individuals that will make it happen. We hope those in our community will also join us for the performances.

Please check back for ongoing updates.

Winter Showcase ’10
FTC on StageOne
March 7, 2010
1pm & 5pm shows

recital costumes

12.23.09

the studio is quiet with our dancers on holiday but we’re still here working hard on recital costumes.  the teachers have picked out some magnificent costumes and it will be so much fun when they arrive in the spring!

The DVDs are here and they are fantastic!  Pick yours up in the office.  We may have extra copies for families who didn’t order them, please email us to let us know you are interested.

Click here to view the trailer. Visit our online video gallery to watch numerous clips from all 3 performances.

our rockette

11.17.09

going to see the radio city music hall christmas spectacular this season?  see if you can pick out julie tomaino, previous academy teacher.

a unique performance opportunity for jr.ll, jr. co. and sr. co. dancers to showcase faculty and student choreographed pieces!  workshop rehearsals will be on saturdays and/or sundays beginning in january, 2010.  participation forms are available in the office.  please be sure to return yours no later than december 1, 2009, you don’t want to miss out on our 1st annual winter workshop.