Gala to mark Studio D's 10th anniversary
Studio D in New Milford is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
In recognition of the milestone, a 10th anniversary gala will be offered at 7:30 p.m. May 31 at the New Milford High School theater.
The show will feature favorite dances from past productions, including "The Wizard of Oz," "Bedtime Stories," "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland," "Mary Poppins" and "Snow White," and a selection of new dances.
Many of Studio D teachers also will perform.
Jeri Kansas, a former Rockette, will perform with students in an excerpt from "A Chorus Line;" street dance instructor James Jandrok will perform with his dance crew; director Rebecca Anderson Darling will perform in a piece inspired by her days as a Pilobolus performer; and Gina Silva will take the stage with her hip-hop class.
In addition, numerous Studio D alumni will return to perform.
The evening will also feature the dance company's D-Tour, which will perform its "Reflections" program that premiered in January at Carnegie Hall's Voices in Motion in New York City.
D-Tour is comprised of an experienced group of 30 dancers who have been training at Studio D in multiple disciplines, including ballet, modern, contemporary, gymnastics, jazz, along with some hip-hop and street dance.
The company is based in modern/contemporary dance under the direction of Rebecca Anderson Darling, Studio D's artistic director.
Studio D began in the space formerly occupied by the Maria Calegari School of Ballet, located above the bicycle shop in the former building located at the corner of Bridge and East streets in New Milford.
Darling, who was teaching classes there, took over the lease in 2004, with the encouragement of the students, when Calegari closed her doors.
With the demolition of the old building in the summer of 2007, Studio D's costumed students, joined by parents and teachers paraded from Bridge Street to its current location on the New Milford Village Green.
In 10 years, Studio D has grown from its original enrollment of 40 students, four teachers and one studio to its current enrollment of more than 200 students, a teaching staff of 10, four studio spaces and a dance company.
Over the years, the variety of classes has increased from ballet, jazz, modern, pilates and yoga to include acrobatics/gymnastics, street dance, hip-hop, contemporary, theater dance, tap, creative movement, choreography classes and an art program.
The philosophy of the school has remained the same: to teach the "whole student" and assist dancers in discovering their own talents and unique qualities, according to Darling.
Tickets to the gala are $18 for adults and $12 for children in advance and $20 for adults and $15 for children at the door.
Advance tickets may be obtained at Studio D, 27 Main St., Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m.
For more information, contact 860-350-2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.