Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Upcoming Event

United States Dance Championships 2010 held in Orlando, Florida on September 7-11, 2010 is one of the most prestigous dance competitions in the country. Over $180,000 will be awarded in cash, medallions, and trophies at this exciting event. The competition will feature:

  • United States National Open & Pro/Am Championships and United States National Professional Championships - The winners and runners-up from the U.S. National Professional International Standard and Latin will represent the USA in the WDC World Professional Dance Championships.
  • United States Grand Championships - The winners of the U.S. Pro/Am "Open" Latin, Rhythm, Standard, Smooth and the winners of the U.S. Pro/Am Ten Dance and Nine Dance Championships will compete on Saturday afternoon to determine the U.S. Pro/Am Grand Champion.
  • The U.S. Open to the World Professional Standard Championship and the U.S. Open to the World Professional Latin American Championship. Both events are WDC World Series Events. The WDC World Series combines the premiere Professional dancing competitions for Standard & Latin in the World to form the foundation for the World Ranking for Professional Dancers in their respective styles.
  • World Professional Dance Championships™ featuring World Cabaret/Exhibition Championships.

Exciting Results!

On June 22, the Millennium Dancesport Championships were held in St. Petersburg, Florida. Fred Astaire Professional Wisconsin Couples won top honors at this year's event. Congratulations to the following American Open Rhythm Finalists:

Ricky Bentzen and Albina Habrle - 4th place
Hayk Arshakian and Sarah Haworth - 6th place

On June 30, at the Manhattan Dancesport Championships in New York City, another Fred Astaire couple took the competition by storm. Congratulations to Ken Hansen and Christina Penatello for placing 3rd in American Rhythm.

DWTS Tony Dovolani Wants A More Able Partner Next Time

from people.com:

Dancing with the Stars doesn’t kick off its 11th season until the end of September, but it’s never too early for the pro partners to start planning ahead and thinking of ways to get their hands on that mirror ball trophy.

“I enjoyed every bit of last season — well, most of it, I mean,” Tony Dovolani, who partnered with controversial contestant Kate Gosselin last season, told PEOPLE at the ESPY Awards Wednesday in L.A. “Next season I would like to have a more able partner, someone who doesn’t have so many distractions in their life. The producers know how I feel.”

Tony and Kate were eliminated after several weeks of low scores and negative reviews from the judges. They also had their fair share of drama.

So who would be up to Dovolani’s standards when it’s time to waltz again? “I would love to see Anna Kournikova come on our show [or] Jennifer Aniston,” he says with a laugh. “I aim very high.”

And since he aims so high, why not add occasional costar Julianne Hough‘s beau Ryan Seacrest to the equation? “I think FOX would have a real problem with him coming onto our show,” Dovolani says. “But I wish [him and Julianne] both well. I think you could put anyone next to Julianne and you have a cute couple. She can make anyone look good!”

Monday, July 19, 2010

Get Excited for National Dance Day

from danceblogs.fox.com:

So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe would like to declare July 31, NATIONAL DANCE DAY.

WHAT: NATIONAL DANCE DAY, a grassroots initiative that encourages the nation, young and old, to move! Individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the nation come together through their creative expression in dance. Any style of dance is welcome and imagination is recommended in order to get the most out of this celebratory day.

WHEN: Saturday, July 31

WHY: To continue to generate national awareness for dance, a medium of expression and storytelling which, through shows like So You Think You Can Dance, has proven its value in bringing individuals from all walks of life together through a positive platform that has no boundaries and cultivates imagination and passion. Most importantly, the day is intended to promote health and wellness nationwide.

Nigel has been tweeting up a storm about National Dance Day, a.k.a. D-Day. He said the goal is to “prove that the ‘Power of Dance’ can MOVE an entire Country!” So get up off the couch and put on your dancing shoes on July 31st.

So You Think You Can Dance Tour Dates

Sep-19 New Orleans, LA/Lakefront Arena
Sep-21 Houston, TX/Reliant Arena
Sep-22 Grand Prairie, TX/Verizon Theatre
Sep-24 Kansas City, MO/Sprint Center
Sep-25 St. Louis, MO/Chaifetz Arena
Sep-27 Duluth, GA/Arena at Gwinnett Center
Sep-29 Miami, FL/American Airlines Arena
Sep-30 Orlando, FL/Amway Arena
Oct-02 Charlotte, NC/Time Warner Cable Arena
Oct-03 Richmond, VA/Richmond Coliseum
Oct-05 Baltimore, MD/1st Mariner Arena
Oct-06 Trenton, NJ/Sun National Bank Center
Oct-07 New York City, NY/Radio City Music Hall
Oct-09 Mashantucket CT/MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods*
Oct-10 Manchester, NH/Verizon Wireless Arena
Oct-11 Boston, MA/Agganis Arena at Boston University
Oct-13 Rochester, NY/BlueCross Arena
Oct-15 Long Island, NY/Nassau Coliseum
Oct-16 Atlantic City, NJ/Boardwalk Hall
Oct-17 Newark, NJ/Prudential Center
Oct-19 Toronto, ON/Air Canada Centre
Oct-20 Detroit, MI/Joe Louis Arena
Oct-22 Pittsburgh, PA/CONSOL Energy Center
Oct-23 Louisville, KY/KFC Yum! Center
Oct-24 Columbus, OH/Schottenstein Center*
Oct-26 Rosemont, IL/Allstate Arena
Oct-27 Milwaukee, WI/Bradley Center
Oct-29 Rockford, IL/Rockford's MetroCentre
Oct-30 Minneapolis, MN/Target Center
Nov-02 Broomfield, CO/1stBANK Center
Nov-04 West Valley City, UT/Maverik Center
Nov-06 Tacoma, WA/Tacoma Dome
Nov-07 Portland, OR/Rose Garden
Nov-09 Sacramento, CA/ARCO Arena
Nov-10 San Jose, CA/HP Pavilion at San Jose
Nov-12 Las Vegas, NV/The Theater for the Performing Arts Center at Planet Hollywood
Nov-13 San Diego, CA/San Diego Sports Arena
Nov-14 Ontario, CA/Citizens Business Bank Arena
Nov-16 Los Angeles, CA/STAPLES Center
Nov-17 Glendale, AZ/jobing.com arena

Star Judge at Fred Astaire Dance Studios National Competition!

We are proud to announce that Max Chmerkovskiy, a well-known dance celebrity and long time professional instructor on Dancing With The Stars, will be a judge at this year's Astaire World Championships in San Juan, along with Tony Dovolani!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Lauren Froderman signals to Fred Astaire Dance Studios!

The Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Phoenix, Arizona is thrilled to have their student, Lauren Froderman, on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance. She promised to give the "shaka" signal on television to show that she's thinking of FADS and here she is...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

TV's 'Glee' inspires new performing arts camps for women

from ctpost.com:

By Sandra Diamond Fox, Contributing Writer

Mamma mia, does it show again?

My, my, just how much I've missed you.

Mamma mia, here I go again

My, my, how can I resist you?

About 15 Danbury-area women are showing just how much they can't resist being on stage this summer by participating in two performance camps created just for them.

The camps, called "Moms Gone Glee" and "Moms Gone Wild," are taking place at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Brookfield. And they aren't just for moms -- they're for any women.

They're based upon the new musical drama TV series "Glee," produced by Ryan Murphy, airing Thursdays on FOX TV. The series is about an Ohio high school teacher -- played by Matthew Morrison -- who attempts to save his school's glee club while helping the club's members develop their talents.

"Moms Gone Glee" will

emphasize singing and dancing. Students will perform songs from "Glee" as well as from Broadway. Aside from "Mama Mia," songs include, "All That Jazz" from "Chicago," "I Hope I Get It" from "A Chorus Line," "Better Shape Up" from "Grease," and "Big Spender" from "Sweet Charity."

Other songs will include "Out Tonight" from "Rent," "In the Heights" from "In the Heights," "Maybe This Time" from "Cabaret," "Roxie" from "Chicago," and "Defying Gravity" from "Wicked."

"Campers will help choreograph all the performances and put their own spin on each song," says Nancy Mulligan, 46, Glee Camp's executive director, and marketing director of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

The camp encourages women to be as expressive and creative as they want, Mulligan explains.

"Whether you're a former drama club `geek' or just sing in the shower, this is the place for you," says Mulligan. "We welcome every level here."

"Watching `Glee' (on TV) you see all different kinds of people coming together through their common love of the performing arts, and this is what they are doing in these camps," she adds.

Mulligan says the camp will be a trip down memory lane for everyone who was involved in the performing arts when they were younger.

"I think this camp is such a great idea," says Juliette Koch, 41, who is participating in "Moms Gone Glee."

Koch grew up in the theater and has been performing since the fifth grade. Her father owned a restaurant in New York that was a cabaret.

"Life is so busy for us moms. We are always bringing our kids to all their activities so it's hard to be able to devote time to do things for ourselves," says Koch, the mother of two teens who works as an administrative assistant in a New York art gallery.

"I think this is a great time for all of us to get together and cultivate a common passion," she adds. "We are all in the same boat and we all want each other to succeed. It's a very supportive environment."

Mulligan has a bachelor's degree in TV and musical theater from Syracuse University. She has been a producer for children's television -- including Nickelodeon and Scholastic productions -- for 25 years. For the past 10 years, she has been performing with Musicals at Richter in Danbury.

"Mom's Gone Wild" is a dance class that teaches original choreography of the same songs that are taught in "Moms Gone Glee."

"The cool thing about this camp is that it's a mix of all the original show tunes -- like a remix," says Marcello Deaguero, 24, of Danbury, camp choreographer of "Moms Gone Wild."

Deaguero will be working with women on shows "they have grown up on and still watch today," he says.

Deaguero has been dancing for over a decade, and is a choreographer at dance studios all over Connecticut, including the Ridgefield Studio of Performing Arts, Just Dance Studios in Norwalk, and the Conservatory of Dance in Georgetown. He teaches break dancing, hip-hop, and jazz.

Rather than having all campers follow his choreography, Deaguero prefers a collaborative effort.

"I'm looking for the creative efforts from all the moms," he says. "This class will be a chance to reminisce, as well as explore the side of ourselves that is passionate about dance, while having fun at the same time."

Aside from the moms' camps, Mulligan has also created a Glee camp for kids. Children ages 8 to 16 work with professional choreographers, musical directors, vocal coaches and actors. Campers travel to Manhattan, N.Y., to see Broadway shows. At the end of each session, they perform before an audience.

"I hope this camp will inspire kids to have an appreciation for the performing arts, and consider it as a career," Mulligan says. "I also hope they enhance their self-esteem, and increase their confidence to find their hidden talents."

Mulligan hopes by the time the camp is over, if campers want to go further with their passion, they can utilize her staff's connections. "We have a team that can put them in the right direction," she says.

"At Glee camps, all campers get a chance to shine and find what their particular passion and talents might be. I feel Glee camps speak to both adults and children about exploring the arts," says Mulligan, who plans to continue offering all her camps in the fall.

"Moms Gone Wild" and "Moms Gone Glee" classes are July 8, 15, and 22. "Moms Gone Wild" is from 7:30 to 8 p.m. and "Moms Gone Glee" is from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per class if you sign up in advance. Walk-ins are $20 per class.

"Glee Camp Kids" is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday in four two-week sessions: July 5-16; July 19-30; Aug. 2-13; and Aug. 16-27. Cost is $500 per session. Price includes a Broadway show ticket, transportation fees, and T-shirt.

For more information, contact Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 117 Old State Road, Brookfield, 203-775-6588.