Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center October 26, 2014

Who do you think is the most famous dancer in the world? Zakharova? Kent? Baryshnikov? Guess again. It’s Marie van Goethem, the model for Edward Degas’ statue, “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.” Marie’s story can now be seen as a musical; it opened at the Kennedy Center last night and will run through November 20th.

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The story follows the background of Marie, a struggling dancer in the Paris Opera Ballet during the late 1800s. Becoming a professional dancer was her chance at escaping poverty. The musical was created by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and director and choreographer Susan Stroman. They all shared a love of dance and were quite intrigued by one of the most well known sculptures in history.

The original statue.

The original statue.

The story doesn’t have a fairy tale ending. As Degas’ statue wasn’t publicly accepted at first, it was kept hidden away in his workshop until his death. Marie was considered to be a disgrace, and was dismissed from the ballet. Despite all this, the musical really does maintain an optimistic tone and we learn a bit about what could have happened to Marie after she disappeared from the records of the Paris Opera.

The representation: TIler Peck stars as Marie van Goethem.

The representation: TIler Peck stars as Marie van Goethem.

I went to the very first preview of the show last night, and it was incredible. From the moment the curtain opened on the adult Marie to when it closed on the statue, the entire audience was spellbound.

Tiler Peck (Marie) and Boyd Gaines (Degas) rehearsing for Little Dancer.

Tiler Peck (Marie) and Boyd Gaines (Degas) rehearsing for Little Dancer.

Ahrens and Flaherty did an incredible job of putting together music and lyrics that perfectly captured the frantic mood of a ballerina backstage, and brought some much needed hope to the darker scenes. The script is perfectly tailored to include several humorous moments just for dancers and artists. One particular line, stated first by Degas and later repeated by Marie, “Dancing is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do,” made the entire audience laugh.

Tiler Peck dancing as Marie van Goethem.

Tiler Peck dancing as Marie van Goethem.

The dancing was incredible as well. Every cast member, including Degas, attempts a ballet step at some point. Some do more than attempt; Tiler Peck, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, proves to be a triple-threat and is awe inspiring as Young Marie. There is musicality and life in every step, and Stroman clearly outdid herself with the choreography. So from the opening number, “C’est le Ballet” to the dream ballet in the second act, the movement pulls you right into the story.

The cast of Little Dancer visiting the original statue, currently on display at the National Gallery of Art.

The cast of Little Dancer visiting the original statue, currently on display at the National Gallery of Art.

The story definitely does its history justice. While much of it is actually based on writing by Degas himself as well as American artist Mary Cassat, it is also open ended; we never find out exactly what did happen to Marie van Goethem. But the significance of her life and her important role as a current inspiration to little dancers everywhere is not understated.

Visit the Kennedy Center’s website for tickets and more information about the show.

Adagio Dance Companies at the Fall for Fairfax Festival October 18, 2014

The Adagio Dance Companies are off to a great start this season! The Fall for Fairfax Festival performance was a success, and once again, we got pictures.

The Ballet Company Apprentices getting ready for the show.

The Ballet Company Apprentices getting ready for the show.

The Ballet Company performed their class demonstration again this week and soloist Erin Barth performed her variation from Giselle.

Ballet Company in the opening section of their class demonstration.

Ballet Company in the opening section of their class demonstration.

 

Despite the chilly weather, there was a full house and the audience loved watching the Junior Company perform their adorable Beatrix Potter dances.

Some Jr. Company bunnies in "Peter Rabbit."

The Jr. Company bunnies in “Peter Rabbit.”

The Jr. Company dolls

The Jr. Company dolls

“My favorite part (of being in company) is the end, because then we get to perform what we’ve learned.” – Ellie, Jr. Company member

Three adorable mice.

Three adorable mice.

The Jazz/Contemporary Company performed their same new lyrical, jazz, and modern pieces. Their hard work paid off and made this performance even better than the last.

"Lullabies," J/C Company's opening number.

“Lullabies,” J/C Company’s opening number.

Striking a pose to finish their jazz piece.

Striking a pose to finish their jazz piece.

Jazz/Contemporary Soloists in "The Curse."

Jazz/Contemporary Soloists in “The Curse.”

“The most rewarding part of being a soloist is the challenging choreography.” – Helen, J/C Company soloist

Keep checking back for more information as the Adagio Dance Companies begin to prepare for The Nutcracker!

Clarendon Day Photos and Company Performance October 7, 2014

The Adagio Dance Companies had their first performance of the season at Clarendon Day, and we got some great pictures!

Jazz/Contemporary Soloist Valerie with new Ballet Company member Katherine.

Jazz/Contemporary Soloist Valerie with new Ballet Company member Katherine.

The Ballet Company performed a mixed repertoire, combining some old favorites with a few new pieces.

“My favorite piece that we’re doing this year is ‘Les Sylphides’ because I get to dance with a large group and we have a lot of fun.”- Rachel, Ballet Company member

“My favorite is the opening part of our class demonstration because you have to be artistic and set the tone for the whole performance.”- Erin, Ballet Company Soloist

The Jazz/Contemporary Company had an all new rep with their first ever lyrical number, and the soloists performed a new piece as well.

“(Lyrical) is very different, but it’s also fun because we’re learning new styles of choreography.”- Kiara, Jazz/Contemporary Company member

Jazz/Contemporary Soloists Flora, Molly, Savanna, and Helen.

Jazz/Contemporary Soloists Flora, Molly, Savanna, and Helen.

Jazz/Contemporary Soloist onstage  performing "The Curse."

Jazz/Contemporary Soloist onstage performing “The Curse.”

The Jr. Company entertained the audience members with their adorable Beatrix Potter numbers, and had a great time doing it!

Jr. Company mice after their first performance of the season.

Jr. Company mice after their first performance of the season.

Jr. Company bunnies at Clarendon Day.

Jr. Company bunnies at Clarendon Day.

Jr. Company dolls with Ms. Rachael after their performance.

Jr. Company dolls with Ms. Rachael after their performance.

 

Keep an eye out for more information on the next Adagio Dance Company performances and be sure to come see us!

Closed for Break June 29-July 6 June 27, 2014

Adagio Ballet and Dance School will be closed for our summer break next week, June 29 through July 6.  Have a great Fourth of July!

Congratulations To All of our Performers! June 21, 2014

Congratulations to all of our lovely students that participated in the 10th Anniversary and Beatrix Potter Performances! All of the shows were such a success. We are so proud of all the hard work the dancers did to make such a lovely performance.

Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, family and friends that made this such an exciting experience for all of our dancers. And a special thanks to the Teachers and Staff that put so much time and energy for this performance to happen!

Here are some snapshots from both of our shows. Enjoy!

The Ballet Company

The Ballet Company

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Nice Jump Ladies!

The Modern Demonstration

The Modern Demonstration

Our lovely helpers.

Our lovely helpers.

The lovely Lady Bugs with Ms Sarah

They may look like Bugs but with Ms Sarah they’re Little Ladies

PIRATES! with Mr Arutro

AARRRGGHH  PIRATES! with Mr Arturo

Pretty Ballerinas

Pretty Ballerinas… watch out soon to be Prima Ballerinas

Ruff Ruff!

Ruff Ruff!

Look at those Tails!

Look at those Tails!

EEEKKKK Mice!

EEEKKKK Mice!

During our 10th Anniversary Performance, several students were featured telling their own stories of being at Adagio. Here is one student Leah:

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I started dancing at a small new ballet school. I continued dancing at that ballet school, but it’s not new or small anymore. It was fun in that one room ballet studio, but a four roomed studio plus a black box theater is a more intense learning area. When I look back at Adagio over the years I have noticed how much it has done for me. As I have grown bigger dancing has become a part of me. For one thing it has made me flexible and agile but it has also helped me bond with friends and take pride in something. I have to say there are two things that I most like about Adagio. The first thing is how the teachers help us learn in a strict but helpful way. I know at some ballet schools that’s a different story so it just makes me appreciate Adagio. The other thing that I love about Adagio is the feeling I get when I’m dancing. When I was two I guess I didn’t feel it that much but as I’ve gotten older and moved into intensive I’m able to shut everything else out of my brain and just focus on dancing. Thank you for an amazing experience.

We are very proud of all of our students and their hard work this past year. Here is one speaking about improving on what all the she has learned at Adagio:

photo 5Bravo Dancers! Keep up the good work!

Stream Channel June 1, 2014

Here is the link to stream the shows today! We’re so excited!
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/adagioballet

Regular Class Schedule Memorial Day May 20, 2014

We will hold our regular class schedule May 24-26 over the Memorial Day weekend.