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Studio D founder has rich history in dance

Updated 11:11 pm, Wednesday, December 5, 2012
  • Studio D founder and artistic director Rebecca Anderson Darling is a former Pilobolus dancer. For Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce Business Quarterly, December 2012. Photo: Deborah Rose
    Studio D founder and artistic director Rebecca Anderson Darling is a former Pilobolus dancer. For Greater New Milford Chamber of Commerce Business Quarterly, December 2012. Photo: Deborah Rose

 

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Dancing has always been a part of Rebecca Anderson Darling's life.

At a young age, she got involved with gymnastics and ballet and continued that for years.

While in high school in California, she choreographed a piece for the end-of-the-year show.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in dance from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she discovered she knew she wanted to dance.

To that end, upon graduation, she moved to New York in 1992 and studied at the Nikolais-Louis Dance Lab.

She eventually earned an apprenticeship with the company, and soon landed a spot with the then-up and coming Pilobolus dance troupe based in Washington.

She accepted the role with Pilobolus and worked with the group -- then made up of two women and four men -- for 10-plus years, which afforded her the opportunity to travel all around the world.

"I feel lucky to have had that experience," she said.

Mrs. Darling was still training with Pilobolus when she began teaching dance for Margia Calagari at 73 Bridge St. in New Milford.

When Ms. Calagari announced she planned to leave teaching, her students were disappointed. It seemed an opportune time for Mrs. Darling to follow her dreams of having her own studio.

"The signs were there to do it," Mrs. Darling said.

The studio opened its doors at 73 Bridge St. -- in the building formerly located at the intersection of Route 67 and East Street -- in 2004. At the time, Mrs. Darling was still touring part time with Pilobolus.

In addition to founding Studio D, Mrs. Darling has been a guest artist for the New York City Ballet's choreographic institute, the Hotchkiss School, Naugatuck Valley Community College, the Dancing Wheels Company in Cleveland, Connecticut Ballet, Main Street Ballet and the Mayflower Spa, and has taught extensively for Piloblolus.

She has also collaborated on the creation of more than a dozen Pilobolus pieces.

In addition, she has taught partnering and improvisation to dancers and non-dancers all over the world, including the Rockettes, New York City Ballet dancers and ice skaters.