About The Ridgefield School of Dance
The Ridgefield School of Dance is noted for its excellence and focus on technique, professional environment and commitment to small class size. There are two session during the school year plus summer programs. Our 2019 Fall session runs from Sept. 9, 2019 - Feb. 1, 2020. Our 2020 Spring session will start Feb. 3rd and end with our Spring performances the weekend of June 6th & 7th.
The dance curriculum serves both the pre-professional student and the recreational dancer in Classical Ballet and Pointe. The Jazz department programs, including Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap and Musical Theater Dance are designed to address the levels of each student. Adult classes in Ballet, Tap, NIA and GPS (Grace, Posture & Strength) are also available.
The school presents two performances each year; the Nutcracker Ballet in December and full-length classical ballets for the annual, year-end performance. Ballets in our repertoire include Alice in Wonderland, The Sleeping Beauty Ballet, Cinderella, Les Sylphides, and selections from Paquita, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. Our 2018 year end performance featured an original ballet of Madeline with original choreography from our artistic director Jessica Boelts and the Grand Pas Classique from Paquita.
Our Summer Dance include Advanced-Intermediate and Advanced Ballet Intensives in June, Young Dancers' Workshop, Summer and Senior Sprites in August, and Wednesday Workshops in August. These programs give dancers a chance to work on strengthening their technique in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Lyrical/Contemporary.
Advanced students are encouraged to audition for summer programs throughout the country. Our dancers have been accepted to the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey and Bolshoi Intensive Summer Programs, Alvin Ailey, Walnut Hill in Boston, Steps Summer Program in New York, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Summer Intensives.
We are very proud that students who have chosen to pursue dance as a career have been accepted into acclaimed dance programs at the Tisch School at NYU, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, Purchase, New York and the Ohio State University Department of Dance.
Our faculty includes current and former professional dancers who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and joy of dance with their students.
- Pre-professional and recreational classes in ballet:
7 levels in classical ballet
3 levels in pointe
- Lyrical, Tap, Musical Theatre dance
- Summer Dance Ballet Intensives in June, Children's programs & Jazz workshops in August
- Adult Ballet, Tap, NIA, and GPS (Grace, Posture and Strength)
Each year, The Ridgefield School of Dance presents a winter and spring performance in which all of the students are encouraged to participate. Both events include a classical ballet and a highly choreographed offering from the Jazz Department (Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap and Theatre Dance).
Spring 2018, we presented Madeline a new, original ballet based on a children's classic and our Company and ballet 6 dancers performed the Grand Pas Classique from Paquita and the Jazz department ended the show with "Brand New". The Spring 2019 performance of Alice in Wonderland, and Act III of The Sleeping Beauty Ballet was presented June 15th & 16th. Our 2020 Spring performance will take place the weekend of June 6 & 7 at the Ridgefield High School.
In addition to our annual Nutcracker Ballet, previous performances have included: Les Sylphides, Carnival of the Animals, Madeline*, Alice in Wonderland* Cinderella, plus original offerings from the jazz department.
*original ballets created by artistic director Jessica Boelts