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I have come to realize that growing up as a dancer and performing in three shows a year has provided me with the greatest joys and people that trump the emotional strain that comes with the artform. From being cast as just a small supporting attendant to being the lead of a scene my experiences as a performer will forever be an integral part of my childhood.

Final performance provokes appreciation of past show experiences

Madeline Michalowski ’22, Assistant Creative Director November 23, 2021

I have known the stiff feeling of a pound of gel and hairspray on my head to form a kind of shiny, plastered helmet since the age of three. The bobby pins sticking into your scalp never get any more comfortable...

The County Assemblies voted that they felt it was best to cancel the dance for juniors this year because of underfunding and the pandemic. The dance, presumably, will return in the future.

Counties dance excludes other communities

Emily Goldstein '23 , Paper Features Editor October 25, 2021

Dresses, nails, shoes, makeup and hair are just some of the elements that a girl has to think about when attending the Counties dance. There have always been high expectations as a Staples girl to be perfectly...

The County Assembly Charity Ball, also known as “Counties”, is being held in early 2022, yet many students have already started asking out dates now.

A race to the Counties dance floor: the rush to ask supersedes the dance itself

Anna Diorio ’23 , Paper Arts Editor September 24, 2021

Most generations are familiar with the exciting, albeit somewhat nerve-wracking concept of  school dances. Decades ago, the typical procedure for asking a date to the dance might have been to pop the...

Staples administrators announced that a Homecoming Dance for seniors will take place on Oct. 23, following a majority of survey responses in favor of the dance.

Administration announces senior Homecoming Dance

Natalie Bandura ’22, Editor-in-Chief September 17, 2021

Staples seniors will have a Homecoming Dance on campus on Oct. 23, following the annual Pep Rally and homecoming football game on Oct. 22, according to an email sent out to Staples students by Principal...

During COVID-19 some Westport dance studios have implemented a hybrid schedule where dancers go into the studio or dance from home via Zoom. Because of the difference in surroundings, dancers have a different experience based on their location.

Dance studio’s hybrid model changes class experience

Audrey Kercher ’23, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Tying hair up in a bun, lacing up pointe shoes and pulling on light pink tights. This is the typical routine for dancers preparing for class. However, logging onto Zoom is now a part of the preparation...

Madeline Michalowski ’22, one of the Spanish dancers, waits backstage at the Westport Academy of Dance’s 2019 performance of The Nutcracker.

Westport Academy of Dance forced to postpone annual performance of ‘The Nutcracker’

Hannah Ratcliffe ’22, Staff Writer December 4, 2020

Hours and hours of rehearsals each week, costume fittings and memorable show weekends are traditions the dancers at the Westport Academy of Dance have grown to love throughout the years. Due to the COVID-19...

Due to COVID-19 and the absence of the traditional fall show, Staples Players hosts outdoor dance classes to keep their dance skills sharp and have some fun.

Staples Players dance on the courts

Lucy Dockter '23, Paper Arts Editor October 27, 2020

 Kaitlyn Constantino ’21 (far right) was one of six dancers chosen to dance along Tik Tok star Charli D’Amelio. Constantino’s trip to film the virtual dance class included a coronavirus test as well as daily temperature checks to ensure they could dance in the studio without masks.

Constantino reflects on dancing in ‘Charli Breaks the Floor’ and her own life as a dancer

Eliza Barr '21, Photography Director October 26, 2020

With her hair in a low ponytail and dressed in a white crop top and sneakers, Kaitlyn Constantino ’21 dances in front of a dance studio mirror, just as she does for hours every week. But a few details...

Students from the Spot @ Just Dance Studios practice routines with masks on.

COVID-19 greatly alters Westport’s dance studios

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Students gathered with friends before the dance to take pictures with their friends and their dates before they arrived at the dance.

Counties leaves attendees feeling overdressed

Charlotte Smith '21, Staff Writer March 3, 2020

After having attended the Counties assembly dance (one of the most stressful events of junior year), I felt that the event was very underwhelming. The first problem that I found was that the designated...

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