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Westport Dance Academy leaps and twirls to provide holiday meals

Westport Dance Academy leaps and twirls to provide holiday meals

December 19, 2016

Kayla Sirlin ’19 The Westport Dance Academy held a children’s tea party at the Westport Woman’s Club to raise money for the Project Love Holiday Meal Campaign on Saturday. The senior company dancers partook in a series of mini dances while a Westport Woman’s Club member read the Nutcracker...

Staples juniors step up this year in The Nutcracker

Staples juniors step up this year in The Nutcracker

December 15, 2016

By: Camryn Ragland ’18 and Erin Lynch ’18 While many students spend their afternoons and evenings at various sports practices or clubs, some spend their time leaping and turning at dance. These students have recently been involved in the Westport Academy of Dance’s performance of The Nutcracker...

[Oct. 2016 Sports] Rhoads paves a road for dancing

November 22, 2016

By Lauren Stack ’17   While most high school seniors’ work day ends at 2:15, Elizabeth Rhoads’ ’17 day just begins as she laces up her ballet shoes and makes the four hour, round-trip commute to New York City. Rhoads began dancing in third grade at the Westport Academy of Dance but currently...

Isabella Corridon chooses ballet over Staples

Isabella Corridon chooses ballet over Staples

Megan Doyle, Staff Writer

December 23, 2015

To most students at Staples High School, waking up at eight, traveling to the city and doing what you love every day seems like some sort of fantasy. But for Isabella Corridon ’19, it’s reality. As a student at JKO school, a highly competitive ballet school of American Ballet Theater, Corrido...

The “Nutcracker” production twirls into Staples


Greta Bjornson, News Editor

December 10, 2014

Westport’s Academy of Dance presented their 33rd annual production of “The Nutcracker” at Staples on Dec. 6 and 7. There were three shows in total, with two on Dec. 6 at 3:00 and 7:00 and a matinee on Dec. 7 at 2:00. The ballet tells the story of the Christmas Eve celebration of a family and...

Dancers balance their time between leaps and lessons

Dancers balance their time between leaps and lessons

Katie Reynolds, Staff Writer

April 25, 2014

They don’t wear their team uniforms to school. They don’t wear tee shirts advertising their shows. They don’t dress up on Fridays, or any other day. But if they’re picking up a pencil, they might just ponché: keeping the right leg straight, they lift the left leg up as they fold their...

And visions of Sugar Plums danced in their heads…

Jessica Riniti '14 rehearses a lift with her Cavalier backstage at Westport Academy of Dance's 32nd annual Nutcracker performance this weekend.

Caroline Rossi, Web Features Editor

December 12, 2013

Tonight marked the closing performance of Westport Academy of Dance’s annual production of "The Nutcracker," bringing holiday sweetness to ballet enthusiasts all over town. “'Nutcracker' is by far my favorite time of the year,” says Amy Liu '15, who performed as Dew Drop this year. “There's just someth...

Ballerinas balance school and dance during “Nutcracker” season

Ballerinas balance school and dance during

Rachel Treisman, Staff Writer

November 15, 2013

During the day, they can be found hanging out in the cafeteria or taking notes in class. But outside of school, they are sugar plum fairies, dancing dewdrops, and shimmering snowflakes. When holiday season rolls around, the many dancers at Staples pirouette their way onstage into classical productions ...

Westport’s Academy of Dance Performs 28th Annual Nutcracker

Julie Lunde '11 practices at a rehearsal for her part as the Sugarplum Fairy | Photo by Julia Edelman '11

December 13, 2009

Dana Rappaport '11 Web Opinions Editor    One week ago, Dec. 5 and 6, Westport’s Academy of Dance closed the curtain on their twenty-eighth annual production of The Nutcracker.           At the start of the holiday season, the story of Clara and her Nutcracker prince unfolded on the S...

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