B.A., M.A., Director
66 Grove Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
66 Farview Farm Road
Redding, CT 06896
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About The School
The Ridgefield School of Dance is
located in beautiful downtown Ridgefield, Connecticut, a town voted #1 in the
state, as compared with towns its size, for its wealth of cultural offerings.
The school is one of the
premier dance schools in the state noted for its professional environment
and insistence on small class size.
The Ridgefield School of Dance is supported by a faculty of
current and former professional dancers who
have dedicated themselves to sharing the discipline and joy of their art
with their students. Director Nancy Andrews, herself a former performer and
Director of three college dance departments, has built a program that serves
both the pre-professional student and the recreational dancer.
The School offers a pre-professional program in ballet, with 7 graded
levels in Classical Ballet and 3 in Pointe. Placements from Ballet 3 through Ballet 7
are by audition, or by permission of the Director and faculty, as are
placements in the Pointe classes.
Advanced students have the opportunity to audition for and perform with
The Ridgefield Dance Company, in either Ballet or Jazz disciplines or both.
The Jazz Program, under the direction of
Angela Harriell, is designed in
the same manner, with carefully graded classes that address the levels of
Modern Dance technique classes, based on the
Graham and Limon technique, are offered at the intermediate and
and as supplemental classes
to the intermediate and advanced ballet students. Modern Dance composition
and Ballet Choreography Workshops are also offered.
Students at the school have many performance
opportunities. The Ridgefield School of Dance is the only school in the state to present full-length
classical ballets for the annual, year-end performance. Although the Company has
been invited to perform excerpts of the ballets at The Ridgefield Playhouse, and
other presentations with the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, all students are
included in our spring performances. Ballets in our rotating repertoire include, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Les Sylphides. This year, the entire school will present
Coppelia and excerpts from Swan Lake on June 11th.
Our advanced students are taught original
Bolshoi and Royal Ballet variations, pas-de-deux and solos to give them a learned
repertoire of their own.
In December we also present our annual
Nutcracker with Dr. Drosselmeyer’s Magic Dolls in which all students perform.
Advanced students perform complex choreography from the Bolshoi verson of “Snow
Forest” as well as the difficult solo “Sugar Plum Fairy”.
During the winter holiday season, our Ballet 7,
Advanced Jazz and Company dancers perform excerpts from our holiday performances
at Founder’s Hall and area Retirement Communities and Assisted Living
We are also invited to perform at special venues
and functions throughout the Ridgefield and Fairfield County community.
The Ridgefield School of Dance also offers a
one, two or three week Summer Program with programs for 3-4 year olds, 5-7
year olds, and 8-13 year olds. This is a program for intermediate dancers giving
them a chance to work on strengthening their technique. Please look at Summer
Dance for more information.
Our advanced students are
encouraged to audition for well-known and prestigious summer programs throughout
the country. Many have been accepted to the Joffrey and Bolshoi Intensive Summer
Programs, Walnut Hill in Boston, Nutmeg Ballet in
Torrington, CT, Steps Summer Program in New York City, The American Academy of
Dance in Purchase, NY and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Summer Dance around
We are very proud that many of our students have
been accepted to and are performing with the prestigious college dance programs
at Tisch School at NYU, Purchase College, Purchase, NY and Marymount College in
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- Nancy Andrews, Director
66 Grove Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 (203) 431-6134