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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

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

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Enroll in person at the studio, online or via regular mail.

Please feel free to call the studio (203.226.9987) or contact us via email with any questions.

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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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Westport’s cherished holiday tradition

Performed at Staples High School
Saturday, 12.3.16 at 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, 12.4.16 at 2:00pm

You can order your tickets here…

Please contact us for more information: 203.226.9987

Watch the trailer from a previous performance
A very behind the scenes look at our 26th year

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Another Westport Academy of Dance season is rapidly approaching!

Enroll in person at the studio, online or via regular mail. Please feel free to call the studio (203.226.9987) or contact us via email with any questions.

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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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Another Westport Academy of Dance season is rapidly approaching!

Below please find all relevant information pertaining to registration and how to enroll in person at the studio, online or via regular mail:

Returning Families:
June 8th: Register in person at the studio 9:00am – 8:00pm
June 8th: Register online anytime after 9:00am or via regular mail
June 9th – 10th: Register in person at the studio 6:00 – 8:00pm
Beginning June 11th: Please call for an appointment or
register online, via fax or regular mail

New Families:
June 15th: Register in person at the studio 9:00am
1:00pm and 5:00 8:00pm
June 15th: Register online anytime after 9:00am or via regular mail
Beginning June 16th: Please call for an appointment or register online, via fax or regular mail

Classes begin the week of September 8th
Download 20152016 class schedule by clicking here
Download 20152016 enrollment form by clicking here

View performance and behind the scenes photos and videos by clicking here

Please feel free to call the studio (203.226.9987) or contact us via email with any questions.

 

alice 2015

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Spring is here and so is Westport’s Academy of Dance 2nd annual production of Alice.  Original choreography by Courtney Polous, Alice - a fun and funky new take on the children’s classic Alice in Wonderland.  The program highlights jazz, tap and modern styles of dance. All performances will be held at Bedford Middle School this Sunday May 3rd at 1:00pm and 5:00pm.  Follow the behind the scenes on our Instagram and Facebook page. Click here to see a special video:

http://animoto.com/play/FsUFnihXMKI5bEPifqOWTg

Alice Collage

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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 for a journey into The Land Of Sweets and on a grand adventure.

Westport’s Academy of Dance will perform the Nutcracker this weekend at

Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door. 

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Mark your calendar for December 15th, because Alice Auditions are right around the corner!

This Spring Production is open to Academy dancers of all disciplines, various levels, and ages 1st grade and above.

Rehearsals will be exclusively on weekends, and dancers will perform the show at Bedford Middle School on May 3, 2015.

Auditions will be held on December 15th, 4-9pm (exact times by grade TBA). Everyone who auditions will receive a part in the show!

Click here to see excerpts of last year’s performance: http://westportdance.com/blog/special-feature/alice-2014-montage/

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Please come join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and several other dancers from our production at the Westport women’s club Nutcracker Tea on Saturday, Nov 29th from 2-4pm.   Mary Ellen Marpe, wife of first selectman of Westport, Jim Marpe, will be doing a live reading of the Nutcracker, followed by appearances by many of the cast members!   Dancers will take pictures, sign autographs, and delight your little one in their dazzling costumes.   Sweet treats, cakes, tea sandwiches, hot chocolate, and tea will be served, and attendance of the event will include automatic entry to win several holiday raffle gifts.  Tickets to this event are $40. All proceeds will go to support the performing arts program at the Waltersville school in Bridgeport, CT.  Please visit http://www.westportwomansclub.org/ for information and to buy tickets.

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Also this year, Westport’s Academy of Dance will be partnering with the longstanding children’s charity Al’s Angels, by holding a holiday Toy Drive at each performance of the show.    Please join us in supporting this wonderful by cause by bringing a new, unwrapped gift with you when attending the performance.   All toys will be wrapped by volunteers at Al’s Angels and distributed to children in need, battling cancer, rare blood diseases, and those in severe financial hardship.   During this magical time of year, please help us to provide children who are less fortunate with a token of love and the holiday spirit!  And please visit http://www.alsangels.org/ to find out more about Al’s Angels and what you can do to help their wonderful efforts.
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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

April 25th-May4th is National Dance Week! To celebrate and acknowledge our love for dance, we want to join in the fun!

A special poster will be hanging on the wall by studio 1 where you can write, “Why you love to dance” and share with everyone. Maybe the music moves you or you love to dance gracefully like a ballerina. Whatever the reason, we want to encourage everyone to share their love for dance!

The studio is BUZZING this month with Alice and Workshop performances only two weeks away! Shortly after that we have our Spring Recitals and then summer is here! Talk about a great month of dance! Be sure to get your tickets to both of these wonderful events today!

In other news, some of our little dancers performed in NYC this past Monday for Academy teacher David Fernandez. The performance titled “Encore!” was a great success and a wonderful experience for all! Congratulations to all of the dancers involved!

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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/

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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 »

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

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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 »

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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

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).

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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three great shows were performed by our dancers on saturday, may 21st at bedford middle school.  creative movement, primary and junior recitals were amazing thanks to the hard work of our students, teachers and staff.  pictured below are eager dancers waiting to get their turn on stage!

recital 2011 tickets are now on sale to academy families. emails were sent out today to everyone, please check your in-box. forms and volunteer information are available to download on our website, www.westportdance.com. please submit your form by dropping off at the studio, faxing to 203.226.1589 or mail to 345 post road w., westport, ct 06880. more information to follow in the next two weeks.

Share Staples High School Sophomore and Academy student Jill Rappaport’s experiences as a dancer in the Academy’s Nutcracker productions.  Read this inklings article for a first hand account of how magical her experience was and is.  Thanks Jill, for sharing your thoughts and your dancing with us for so many years and for sharing them with all of us!

join us for our 29th annual nutcracker performed at staples high school this saturday, 12.4 and sunday, 12.5. tickets are still available for all shows and can be purchased in advance by calling 203.226.9987, downloading the order form (click here) and faxing it to 203.226.1589 or at the door. this charming holiday performance is suitable for children ages 3 and up. see you there!