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dance and the importance of emergency preparedness

Westport’s Academy of Dance is proud of our own Teacher and Choreographer David Fernandez and Student Charlotte Barrato for helping The Mayor’s Office of New York City and The New York City Emergency Management Department…

our 37th annual production of the nutcracker – tickets now available!

Please join us for our 37th annual production of The Nutcracker…

wywl’s craftwestport 2018!

Please join us at The Westport Young Woman’s League CraftWestport 2018 at Staples High School…

our 5th annual production of alice (2018): full performance video

Enjoy this video showing our full 2018 5th Annual Production of Alice…

2018 -2019 season registration

Registration for our 2018 -2019 season is rapidly approaching…

westport minute man race 2018

What a fantastic event… check out the performance video here!

2018 summer camps

Join us at the Academy for various summer dance camp programs…

flex: family fun at the westport library today!

The Academy of Dance is proud to be among the sponsors for today’s FLEX:FAMILY FUN at the Westport Library. Please join us for for the day’s events between 10:00am and 5:00pm!

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the nutcracker 2017 (full-length video)

the nutcracker 2017 (full-length video)

Enjoy this full-length video of our 36th annual production of The Nutcracker…

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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!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve combined these two great experiences into one show! Sign up and participate in one or both of these awesome performance opportunites. It’s not too late! : )

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Alice – a fun and funky new take on the children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland. With original choreography from our own Courtney Poulos, this vibrant and unique performance is taking the full length production to Bedford Middle School. The show highlights jazz, tap and modern styles of dance, and features music crossing many genres. Auditions this weekend (February 1st) and Performances the weekend of May 17th!

Click here for a glimpse at pasts performances and a preview of what’s to come!

For more information and to sign up, go to:  http://westportdance.com/datadir/pdf/Alice_2014_Production_Information.pdf

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Winter/Spring Workshop offers an experience for dancers to work with teachers and explore alternative movement styles. A unique performance opportunity for Jr. II, Jr. Co. and Sr. Co. dancers to showcase faculty and student choreographed pieces at Bedford Middle School the weekend of May 17th* No auditions necessary, just sign up and be apart of a creative process.

Click here for a video montage from workshop last year!

For more information and to sign up, go to:  http://westportdance.com/datadir/pdf/Winter_Spring_Showcase_sign_up_2014.pdf

 

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

Scenes from our 2013 Nutcracker performance – Photography by Kerry Long.


Another Westport Academy of Dance season is rapidly approaching! Registration is open for all families. Enroll in person at the studio, online or via regular mail. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

just a sneak peak of what’s to come…great job dancers!

congratulations to grace bergonzi!  after 15 years of watching her smile and dance we will get to see her original choreography in this year’s winter showcase.

tickets are now on sale for workshop families and will be offered to academy families beginning march 10th
$15 per ticket-seating is not assigned
saturday, march 30th at 11:30am & 1:30pm

fairfield theater company on stage one
70 Sanford Street, Fairfield
(at the metro north fairfield train station)

check out jim cooney by clicking here

the excitement is mounting for today’s first performance at 3pm.  tickets are available at the door for all performances.  enjoy these photos!

Performances will be held at Staples High School
Saturday, December 1st at 3:00 & 7:00pm
Sunday, December 2nd at 2:00pm

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for student/seniors. For tickets please call 203.226.9987 or download and return our ticket order form.

Thanks to all that give us the opportunity to share memories as we continually strive to form new moments to reflect upon in the future.

View The Nutcracker 2012 student cast list by clicking here
Watch the trailer from The Nutcracker 2010 movie
A very behind the scenes look at our 26th year

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Another Westport Academy of Dance season is rapidly approaching! Registration for existing families begins June 4th, new families can register beginning June 11th. Enroll in person at the studio, online or via regular mail. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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 »

we had a great rehearsal on stage yesterday…enjoy the pictures and if you haven’t already ordered your tickets you can do so from our website.


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please join us for another wonderful winter showcase this year on st. patrick’s day.  while there won’t be any irish dancing in this year’s performance we do have a bollywood style number choreographed by monica kapoor and performed by the entire cast of this year’s showcase.

monica is presently performing in the broadway production of mama mia and we are thrilled to have such an exciting choreographer working with our students. 

susie gorman, master teacher and choreographer is also working with two groups of dancers.

the academy’s own courtney poulos, caitlyn roberts and nancy zindell are rehearsing their students to showcase all of their talents.

congratulations to margot steinberg, senior company dancer, who was chosen as this year’s student choreographer.  we are all excited to see her piece!

tickets are now on sale. our showcase will be performed at the fairfield theater company on stage one…70 sanford street, fairfield (at the metro north railroad station). performances will be at 11:30am and 1:30pm on saturday, march 17th…seating is limited so please purchase your tickets early. click here to download the order form.

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an evening with some dance company-choreography by david fernandezclick here to purchase tickets on line or call 347.255.9225! a fantastic evening of dance on february 27, 2012 presented at the el museo del barrio theater, 1230 fifth avenue at 104th street nyc.  in addition to stars from the new york city ballet and american ballet theatre also performing are several of our students in a piece choreographed by david earlier this year!  grace bergonzi, member of our senior company, will also be performing alongside some of the best dancers in the world–don’t miss it!  net proceeds will benefit career transition for dancers.  we hope to see you there.

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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

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

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We’re extremely excited for the upcoming 30th anniversary Nutcracker performance as we have added several unique and exciting elements to this year’s production!

Theodore Pollen III will return to play the honorary role of Herr Drosselmeyer. A former Alvin Ailey dancer, Mr. Pollen was an instructor at the Academy for over 20 years, and performed in various studio productions in multiple roles.  He spent years as a positive role model for countless Westport dancers, including two of the current teachers on staff, who both had the benefit of growing up under his instruction.

A defining aspect of the Academy’s Nutcracker, has always been that their own dancers star in lead roles such as Read the rest of this entry »

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.

The Academy is thrilled to announce that beloved former Academy teacher Theodore Pollen III will be performing the role of Herr Drosselmeyer in our 30th Anniversary Production of The Nutcracker.  Ted was one of the Read the rest of this entry »

many students are interested in 30th anniversary nutcracker logowear so due to popular demand we are offering several Read the rest of this entry »

Need a refresher?  Click here to view our video demo with step-by-step instructions!  Originally posted on our blog in 2008.

Congratulations to this year’s cast of the nutcracker.  We were so excited about our 30th anniversary production that we are posting the cast list early.  Click here to be directed to our website where you can download the pdf cast list or click here to view the list on our site.  the costume fitting schedule will be posted by Monday, 9/12.  Again, congratulations everyone and we’ll see you in class next week and rehearsals beginning Saturday, 9/17.

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS
Saturday, September 10th

Join us for our 30th Anniversary Production of the Nutcracker!
Open to students enrolled in Ballet I and above.
Every dancer who auditions will be part of the show.
Auditions are at the studio.

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES

Junior Company/Jr. II          2:30-4:30pm
Ballet I                                      10:00-10:45am
Ballet II & III                             11:15-12noon
Ballet IV & V                             12:30-2:00pm

Participation fee is $300 (includes a full length DVD of the production), payable at the audition.

Your dancer should wear a black leotard, pink ballet slippers (pointe shoes for Jr. IIB and above) with hair in a bun (or pulled off face for short hair).

Mandatory parent meetings at beginning of audition time.  Please bring your calendar with you-we need you to hand in your family conflict form on 9/10.

Parking (for Saturday auditions) – please park at Heyman Properties located at 333 Post Road West (on the left before the studio if traveling south towards Norwalk).

please pick up your pre-ordered copy of our winter showcase 2011 dvd.  we have some extra copies available if you forgot to pre-order.  stop by the studio on the following days:

Tonight–Wed 7/6 between 5:30-7:00pm
Mon 7/11 between 5:15-7:00pm
Tue 7/12 between 5:00-7:00pm
Wed 7/13 between 5:15-7:00pm

every dancer in last year’s nutcracker performance receives a free professionally shot and edited movie!  you can pick your copy at at the studio

Tonight–Wed 7/6 between 5:30-7:00pm
Mon 7/11 between 5:15-7:00pm
Tue 7/12 between 5:00-7:00pm
Wed 7/13 between 5:15-7:00pm

other pick-up times available will be available and if you don’t pick your copy up on one of the days listed above we will email you with those days/times.

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