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Darien School of Dance visits Swan Lake New York City Oct 1

Darien School of Dance visits Swan Lake New York City Oct 1

Last weekend over 50 students and parents joined us for an incredible day of dance in NYC at Lincoln Center for New York City Ballet’s production of Swan Lake!

Our educational experience started with a Children’s workshop for 5-7 year olds and In Motion workshop for 8-12 year olds at the rehearsal studios of NYC Ballet at the Rose Building Lincoln Center.

The Children’s workshop was led by Teaching Artist Jennifer Tinsley-Williams, a former company member.  The exiting workshop included a story time with pantomime, a sample ballet class, a sampling of choreographic movements from Swan Lake and a take home souvenir of a black or white tutu. A live pianist accompanied the class as well as teaching assistants from School of American Ballet.

The In Motion workshop was taught by 2 company members, Harrison Coll and Claire Von Enck. They talked about their personal and professional lives as dancers within the company; taught a ballet warm up and then taught the actual choreography from the iconic ballet. Workshop attendees were allowed to ask questions, and get autographs/photos. The talented Elaine Chelton accompanied the class as a live accompanist on piano.

For the actual performance we were so fortunate to enjoy Chase Finlay (Fairfield native) as the Prince and the beautiful and talented Tyler Peck as Odette/Odile. Our In Motion teacher, Claire Von Enck (photo below with DSOD students Julia Washburn and Paulina Almy), was featured in the Pas de Quatre of the Little Swans. How exciting to see her on stage so soon after our workshop.

What a lovely day of world class dance, camaraderie and joy!

PS: We are planning another amazing NYC Ballet field trip for Sat, Dec 16th to enjoy an educational workshop and attend the Nutcracker!

 

Welcome! Fall 2017

Welcome! Fall 2017

Dear Dancers and Parents:

Welcome and thank you for registering for dance class at the Darien School of Dance. I am excited to share my passion and commitment to the art of dance with all of you. To make the dance experience more enjoyable, please review the following schedule and policies.

Schedule:

A complete Calendar of Events for 2017/2018 can be viewed on our website: http://darienschoolofdance.com. Fall/Winter Session I runs from September 11 to December 23, 2017.

Highlights of the schedule – Special Events:

Week of Sept 18th (presch): Bring your favorite Teddy Bear/Furry Friend to class

Oct 1 NYCBallet Field Trip- Swan Lake!

Oct 25- 31 (mom&me, presch, kinder) Wear your Halloween costume to class

Nov 23- 25 Thanksgiving weekend closed

Dec 16 NYC Ballet Field Trip – Nutcracker

Week of Dec 18th: Parent Drop in/Photo Opportunity – last 15 minutes of class

Winter/Spring Session II runs from January 8 to May 26, 2018. A recital is planned for May 20 (tentative date) with mandatory dress rehearsal prior to. There are additional costs related to the recital such as costumes and tickets. More details to follow and please see Policies on our website.

Darien School of Dance follows the same winter & spring breaks (week of Feb 19 and week of April 9) as the Darien Public Schools.  If there is a snow day and the schools are closed, we are also closed. If there is a school delay or early release we may cancel or not depending on the circumstances. I will issue an email blast as to cancellations/delays/early release and post on our Facebook page (please like us) or you may email me at dariendance@optimum.net.

Studio/Classroom Policies: Dance Attire for Mom & Me, Pre-Ballet, Ballet: pink tights, pink leotard with attached skirt and pink leather ballet slippers with strings tucked inside. Please no tutus, multi tier skirts or leg warmers. Ages 8 yrs and up may wear any color leotard. Tap combo class will also need black patent leather tap shoes (no tyettes and velcro closures required for ages 4 and 5). Hip hop jazz class will need beige pull on jazz shoes. No jewelry is allowed and hair must be pulled away from face and secured in a bun or ponytail. Please see Policies on our website for more dress code information. As requested our school is now selling dance clothing and ballet slippers (no tap shoes) for your convenience. Please let me know if you would like an order form, photos and further information on purchasing shoes and clothing.

Attendance and Make ups: It is very important to have dancers arrive on time for class. Children should not be left unattended in the lobby, restroom or hallway. Street clothes and shoes should be left in the dressing area. Please remind dancers to use the restroom before class. Sickness: If your child is sick and will miss class, please send me an email to let me know. If class is missed due to illness, please email me about making up in another class.

Communication: Please add dariendance@optimum.net to your email address book so that there are no problems with missed emails. I try to use less paper/hard copies and communicate with email throughout the year with reminders, updates, etc. We have a FACEBOOK page so please LIKE us and you will have access to updates, photos, and reminders. All updates and complete information will be on our website: http://darienschoolofdance.com.  Please take a few minutes to review the site where we go into more detail regarding the schedule, policies and notices. Notices and monthly goals will always be posted on the DSOD bulletin board just outside the studio. Please do not hesitate to call me at 203-912-4804 if you have any questions or concerns.

We love our new car magnets showing our school spirit free to anyone for your car bumper. Please help us spread the love of dance!

Warm Regards,

Brigita Fulton, Director

 

 

 

Welcome Letter from Mrs. McLeod Fall 2016

Welcome Letter from Mrs. McLeod Fall 2016

Dear Dancers and Parents:

Welcome and thank you for registering for dance class at the Darien School of Dance. I am excited to share my passion and commitment to the art of dance with all of you. To make the dance experience more enjoyable, please review the following schedule and policies.

Schedule:
A complete Calendar of Events for 2016/2017 can be viewed on our website: http://darienschoolofdance.com
Fall/Winter Session I runs from September 12, 2016 to December 23, 2016.

Highlights of the schedule – Special Events:

Week of September 19th (presch): Bring your favorite Teddy Bear/Furry Friend to class
Oct 1 Nutcracker Rehearsals Begin
Oct 8th NYCBallet Field Trip with performance and master classes at Lincoln Center
October 25- 31 (mom&me, presch, kinder) Wear your Halloween costume to class
November 24 & 25 Thanksgiving and Fri after closed (Open Sat, 26th)
December 11 Nutcracker Performance at Darien High (tentative location)
Week of December 19th: Parent Drop in/Photo Opportunity – last 10 minutes of class

Winter/Spring Session II runs from January 9 to May 27, 2017. A recital is planned for May 21 (tentative date) with mandatory dress rehearsal prior to. There are additional costs related to the recital such as costumes and tickets. More details to follow and please see Policies on our website.

Darien School of Dance follows the same winter & spring breaks (Feb 16-22 and week of April 10) as the Darien Public Schools. If there is a snow day and the schools are closed, we are also closed. If there is a school delay or early release we may cancel or not depending on the circumstances. I will issue an email blast as to cancellations/delays/early release and post on our Facebook page (please like us) or you may email me at dariendance@optimum.net.

Studio/Classroom Policies:
Dance Attire for Mom & Me, Pre-Ballet, Ballet: pink tights, pink leotard with attached skirt and pink leather ballet slippers with strings tucked inside. Please no tutus, multi tier skirts or leg warmers. Ages 8 yrs and up may wear any color leotard. Tap combo class will also need black patent leather tap shoes (no tyettes and velcro closures required for ages 4 and 5 ). Hip hop jazz class will need beige pull on jazz shoes. No jewelry is allowed and hair must be pulled away from face and secured in a bun or ponytail. As requested our school is now selling dance clothing and ballet slippers (no tap shoes) for your convenience. Please let me know if you would like an order form, photos and further information on purchasing shoes and clothing.

Attendance and Make up: It is very important to have dancers arrive on time for class. Children should not be left unattended in the lobby, restroom or hallway. Street clothes and shoes should be left in the dressing area. Please remind dancers to use the restroom before class. Sickness: If your child is sick and will miss class, please send me an email to let me know. If class is missed due to illness, please speak to me about making up in another class.

Communication:
Please add dariendance@optimum.net to your email address book so that there are no problems with missed emails. I try to use less paper/hard copies and communicate with email throughout the year with reminders, updates, etc. We have a FACEBOOK page so please LIKE us and you will have access to updates, photos, and reminders. All updates and complete information will be on our website: http://darienschoolofdance.com. Please take a few minutes to review the site where we go into more detail regarding the schedule, policies and notices. Notices and monthly goals will always be posted on the DSOD bulletin board just outside the studio. Please do not hesitate to call me at 203-912-4804 if you have any questions or concerns.

We love our new car magnets showing our school spirit free to anyone for your car bumper. Please help us spread the love of dance!

Brigita McLeod, Director

DSOD visits New York City Ballet!

DSOD visits New York City Ballet!

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Before the busy holiday season sets in, I would like to recount our fabulous October field trip to New York City Ballet. Students from our school, parents, teachers and I were treated to a private tour of the Koch Theatre by NYCBallet Principal Dancer Adrian Danchig-Waring.

Mr. Danchig-Waring shared the fascinating history of George Balanchine and the world famous ballet company that we were privileged to enjoy later that afternoon. We also enjoyed seeing behind the scenes and even got to go on stage. Much to our delight we later enjoyed a matinee performance of Balanchine’s Harlequinade and Jerome Robbins’ Opus Jazz.

What an amazing day of world class dance, new friendships and heartfelt camaraderie.

Memories of The Nutcracker continue into 2015!

Memories of The Nutcracker continue into 2015!

The holidays may officially be over but I am still elated over the grand finish to 2014 with the presentation of our very own production of  The Nutcracker. After many months of planning the cast of 65 dancers delivered a brilliant performance!

“Clara’s Dream” was a condensed but full scale production of the ever popular holiday classic The Nutcracker. The role of Clara was danced by Alyse Wright Webb and the Nutcracker was performed by dance teacher Deborah Medwar.  Amazingly 90% of the cast was under the age of 10 years. Our older girls really carried the show and led the younger dancers in all of the dances.

Rochelle Charnin, mom of 6 year old Christina who played Fritz, commented: “I was truly blown away by the performance.  Our whole family enjoyed the production, especially seeing students in all of the principal roles.  As a mom, I appreciated how the teachers brought out the performers’ talent, but never made it a stressful experience.  As for my daughter, she loved the entire experience so much, she can’t wait to do it again”!

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A perfect day of dance in NYC!

A perfect day of dance in NYC!

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Last weekend my students, parents, DSOD teachers and I visited NYC Ballet for an educational and thrilling experience!

First we attended a master class with NYC Ballet dancers at School of American Ballet. The younger students learned a variation from The Steadfast Tin Soldier with choreography by George Balanchine and were even given tutus as a souvenir gift. The older students attended the In Motion workshop where a NYC Ballet dancer talked about what life was like as a professional dancer and then learned a variation from The Concert with choreography by Jerome Robbins.

The matinee performance we attended, Masters at Work, was amazing. We were able to see the actual choreography taught to the students performed on stage. The Concert was a favorite among many of those attending and it was fun to see that ballet and humor partner nicely. Also, a very special treat was to witness a performance of legendary ballerina, Wendy Whelan, in Bitter Earth on her last day of performing as she officially retired that night.

What a special day of dance, camaraderie and memories that will last a lifetime.

Brigita McLeod

 

 

 

 

 

NYC Ballet here we come!

NYC Ballet here we come!

We are so looking forward to our upcoming field trip on Oct 18th to see NYC Ballet’s Masters at Work. Prior to the performance we will attend an In Motion Workshop at NYC Ballet rehearsal studios. A NYC Ballet dancer will share what it’s like to be a dancer with NYC Ballet and will also teach choreography from Masters at Work. Available to DSOD students ages 5 and up.

What a privilege it is to live in this area where such ballet greatness is just a short train ride away.

Brigita McLeod

Welcome letter – fall 2014

Welcome letter – fall 2014

Dear Dancers and Parents:

Welcome and thank you for registering for dance class at the Darien School of Dance. I am excited to share my passion and commitment to the art of dance with all of you. To make the dance experience more enjoyable, please review the following schedule and policies.

Schedule:

A complete Calendar of Events for 2014/2015 can be viewed on our website: http://darienschoolofdance.com 

Fall/Winter Session I runs from September 8, 2014 to December 20, 2014.

Highlights of the schedule – Special Events:

Week of September 15th (presch): Bring your favorite Teddy Bear/Furry Friend to class

Week of October 27th (mom&me, presch, kinder)Wear your Halloween costume to class

Week of November 10th: Bring a friend to class

November 27 Thanksgiving  closed

December 14       Nutcracker Performance at Rogers School, Stamford

Week of December 15th: Parent Drop in/Photo Opportunity – last 10 minutes of class

Winter/Spring Session II runs from January 12, 2015 to May 23, 2015. A recital is planned for May 17 (tentative date) with mandatory dress rehearsal prior to. There are additional costs related to the recital such as costumes and tickets. More details to follow and please see Policies on our website.

Darien School of Dance follows the same winter & spring breaks (weeks of Feb 16th and April 13th) as the Darien Public School system.  If there is a snow day and the schools are closed, we are also closed. If there is a school delay or early release we may cancel or not depending on the circumstances. I will issue an email blast as to cancellations/delays/early release and post on our Facebook page (please like us) or you may email me at dariendance@optimum.net.

Studio/Classroom Policies: 

Dance Attire for Mom & Me, Pre-Ballet, Ballet: pink tights, pink leotard with attached skirt and pink leather ballet slippers with strings tucked inside. Please no tutus, multi tier skirts or leg warmers. Ages 8 yrs and up may wear any color leotard. Tap combo class will also need black patent leather tap shoes and combo jazz class will need beige pull on jazz shoes.  No jewelry is allowed and hair must be pulled away from face and secured in a bun or ponytail. As requested our school is now selling dance clothing and shoes for your convenience. Please let me know if you would like an order form, photos and further information on purchasing shoes and clothing.

Attendance and Make up: It is very important to have dancers arrive on time for class. Children should not be left unattended in the lobby, restroom or hallway. Street clothes and shoes should be left in the dressing area. Please remind dancers to use the restroom before class. Sickness: If your child is sick and will miss class, please send me an email to let me know. If class is missed due to illness, please speak to me about making up in another class.

Communication:

Please add dariendance@optimum.net to your email address book so that there are no problems with missed emails.

I try to use less paper/hard copies and communicate with email throughout the year with reminders, updates, etc. We have a FACEBOOK page so please LIKE us and you will have access to updates, photos, and reminders. All updates and complete information will be on our website: http://darienschoolofdance.com Please take a few minutes to review the site where we go into more detail regarding the schedule, policies and notices. Notices and monthly goals will always be posted on the DSOD bulletin board just outside the studio. Please do not hesitate to call me at 203-912-4804 if you have any questions or concerns.

We love our new car magnets showing our school spirit free to anyone for your car bumper. Please help us spread the love of dance!

Warm Regards,

Brigita McLeod, Director

 

Summer Meet & Greets – Please come!

Summer Meet & Greets – Please come!

We will be hosting a series of Summer Meet & Greets for new and returning students on the following dates:  Friday, Aug 22nd from 12 to 2pm; Wednesday, Sept 3 from 4-6pm; and Saturday, Sept 6th from 11am – 1pm.

Students may come to get acquainted or reacquainted, order dance wear or register for classes. We have an exciting fall program including a field trip in October to NYC to take a workshop at the world famous NYC Ballet. We will learn from a NYC Ballet dancer  the actual choreography from a performance that we will later see in a matinee performance. Also we are staging our very own Nutcracker in December as an optional program to our curriculum.

We hate to say good bye to summer but we look forward to putting on our dancing shoes again!

 

Brigita McLeod