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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

Enjoy these video clips from last year’s performance!

Dancers, teachers, parent volunteers all getting ready for the coming weekend!

Check out this video from in-studio rehearsal!

What a pleasure it was to be a apart of the kids fun zone at CraftWestport last weekend! The Academy was thrilled to be a sponsor for such a wonderful community event. Thank you to our Jr. & Sr. Company dancers who performed two terrific dances choreographed by Academy teacher Caitlin Roberts. Everyone did such a wonderful job!

Please enjoy this special 360 video of last weekend’s performance.

 

Enjoy this video showing the full 2017 production of Alice

Enjoy this video commentary from Academy students and parents as we all look forward to our upcoming 2017-2018 season!

The Academy’s cherished holiday tradition… performed at Staples High School in December, 2016.
(Full-screen view is recommended – please click the arrows in the lower right corner of the video player next to “HD”)

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 check out this quick montage of this year’s Alice performance!

Original choreography from our own Courtney Poulos. The show highlights jazz, tap and modern styles of dance, and features music crossing many genres.

360 dance video

02.03.16

 

We are excited to support “DANCEIMMERSIVE” – an ongoing immersive 360 dance video series that puts the viewer directly in the choreography – featuring the world’s most notable dancers in the most iconic locations and landscapes. Choreographed by our own David Fernandez – featuring Alexa Maxwell and Laine Habony (Members, NYC Ballet). Produced, shot,  and stitched by visual mercenary group, and noticed by Dance Informa Magazine as seen here.

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Reflecting on 40 years, we didn’t know what to expect when students were asked their thoughts about dance and their experiences at The Academy. What we found brought smiles, tears and such a deep sense of gratitude. This video is dedicated to all the students, parents, teachers, and members of our dance community – those that create these moments, making each and every day memorable.

(Full-screen view is recommended – please click the arrows in the lower right corner of the video player, next to “HD”)

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A very special thanks to all that participated in the video shoot. Please stay tuned for more video releases!

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

What a show… a further refined Academy performance with original choreography from our own Courtney Poulos.  The show highlights jazz, tap and modern styles of dance, and features music crossing many genres.

A collection of clips from this year’s winter workshop and showcase performance at FTC StageOne – set to the music of Arcade Fire.  Full performance video in the making… Please contact us if you would like to order the complete show on DVD.

Usually supporting from the wings, this year three academy teachers stepped onstage and into the background to help highlight one of our graduates, who has the unique the ability to embody each choreographer’s individual style, as well as cultivate her own.

What an exciting show! Watch our Academy dancers at Toquet Hall after only a few short weeks of preparation and rehearsal for this new performance workshop with original choreography from our own Courtney Poulos.

It’s hard to believe the Academy will be performing it’s 30th Anniversary production of the Nutcracker this year.  What hits me even more, is Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Our Winter Showcase workshop was added to the line up of ongoing academy performances to give our talented teachers, choreographers and students the chance to further illustrate their creativity. Read the rest of this entry »

Our first annual Winter Showcase at FTC StageOne was an exciting and unique performance. Click above to watch a quick video montage.

Enjoy!

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

Congratulations to Julia Edelman, student choreographer for our first annual Winter Showcase. Click above to view an excerpt from an interview with Julia.

As always we thank you for allowing us the extra time to produce your multi-camera performance videos. The full-length Recital 2009 videos are complete.

Click above to view a montage from the performance. Visit our online video gallery to watch numerous clips from all 3 performances.

Enjoy!

Thanks to all the Nutcracker students, parents and performers for waiting so patiently for the delivery of the final video.  The DVDs have arrived, please contact us if you haven’t received your 2-disk set, or if you would like to order additional copies.

Click on the image above to watch the video trailer!

About The Children’s Ballet Theater 2008 Nutcracker Movie…
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The clip above is just an excerpt, but please come pick up your copy of the full 2008 spring recital DVD from Nancy or Kris when you can. The video was shot from multiple angles and was edited using multi-camera techniques. The intention is to give you an additional viewing experience-one that we hope will give you enjoyment in the many years to come.

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