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Red and White Charity Ball approaches in the new year. Attendance can be very costly as girls, along with buying expensive tickets, they must also purchase a formal outfit.

Red and Whites dance proves unnecessary

Audrey Kercher ’23, Breaking News Manager November 22, 2022

Girls scramble to find dates, popular online stores like Revolve and Bloomingdales are being scoured to try and find the best dress, hair and nail appointments are booked months in advance of February....

Ava Chun ’25 poses outside of Westport’s Academy of Dance after a weekend rehearsal for “The Nutcracker.” She, along with many other students, practices as the performance date approaches.

Westport Academy of Dance’s ‘The Nutcracker’ excites many as date nears

Liora Perkins ’25 , Web Arts Editor November 10, 2022

The Nutcracker, which features many students, takes place at Staples on Dec. 3 and 4. This year’s show is Westport’s Academy of Dances’ 41st production. It captures the happiness of the holiday season...

Inside the gymnasium students dance to the music played by a DJ, which is where the majority of students spent their night.

Class of 2023 celebrates homecoming dance

Maddie Bell '23, Staff Writer October 19, 2022

A warm burst of air greets students as they enter the building from the brisk outdoors. A heavy, thumping bass grows louder as students move towards the gymnasium. The blue cafeteria tables are adorned...

Seniors reflect on Homecoming, dance-related stress

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Dresses at Winged Monkey, a clothing store in Westport, await the rush of junior girls going shopping for their outfits.

Junior girls count down to Counties

Ruby Kantor '24 and Madison Mayr '24, Arts Paper Editor and Sports Paper Editor September 23, 2022

When it comes to school dances, Staples students really look ahead. Counties, the first dance available to juniors, will take place on Jan. 28. Staples, Wilton and Weston students will attend the event...

Dancers were able to enjoy each others company, and make the most out of their 2021 winter showcase.

The Spot’s Winter showcase brings holiday cheer

Julia Leitner '23, Assistant Business Director January 8, 2022

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 , Broadcast Director 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, Web Arts Editor 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...

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