Adagio Ballet’s Nutcracker 2014! December 15, 2014

Congratulations to all ADC and intensive students who performed in last weekend’s Nutcracker shows! The performances were a huge success!
Our Nutcracker just keeps growing each year; from excerpts in the Black Box Theater, to three full shows at Kenmore, it’s becoming a holiday tradition, and one that we love. So without further ado, here are the highlights.
The festivities: Dressed to the nines for a fabulous Christmas party, each attendant was delightfully entertaining. From exuberant party girls to mysterious godfathers, each character added depth to the holiday scene, and all three Claras were perfectly charming. With the addition of several life-like dolls and quite a few excited younger guests, it was definitely an evening to remember.

The Columbine dolls performing in the party scene.

The Columbine dolls performing in the party scene.

The magic: Between the dancing dolls and the ethereal snow, there was no shortage of magic in this production. The adorable Harlequin and Columbine dolls contrasted beautifully with the charmingly sharp and stoic soldiers. Godfather Drosselmeyer’s Enchantment flitted around the stage while the Christmas tree doubled in size and Clara and the audience watched in awe. The snow scene was sharp and light, just like the real stuff, without being too chilly. And as the first act was winding down and Clara was escorted to the Land of Sweets, glittering white snowflakes fluttered down on to the stage.

Mikaley Bolden, as Clara, performing with the snow in show B.

Mikaley Bolden, as Clara, performing with the snow in show B.

The dancing: The moment they arrived in the Land of Sweets, the audience was entranced by adorable angels and butterflies, opening the second act and greeting Clara as the Sugar Plum Fairy welcomed her to the kingdom. From the opening notes of the Sugar Plum’s variation through the final waltz, the dancing almost never stopped. We met feisty Spanish dancers, sugary-sweet Marzipan candy, enigmatic Arabian acrobats, charming Chinese, high-energy Russians, loveable little Pollichinelles, and finished the show in a sea of beautiful pink flowers.

 Adagio Dance Company members taking a break between shows on Sunday.

Adagio Dance Company members taking a break between shows on Sunday.

The finale: As Clara’s dream ended, the other characters began to say goodbye and exit the stage. The Sugar Plum Fairy gave one last wave before leaping off while the curtain closed, and when the spotlight came back up on Clara, we saw her awake with her precious nutcracker doll once again. Each show had a fabulous audience and all three casts received copious applause, which was of course, very well deserved.

The soloists of show C. Flora Hepp as the Columbine doll, Isabella Swigart as Clara, Katherine Newcomb as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Valerie Biggs as the mouse queen.

The soloists of show C. Flora Hepp as the Columbine doll, Isabella Swigart as Clara, Katherine Newcomb as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Valerie Biggs as the mouse queen.

Of course, it doesn’t stop there. Our dancers are all still hard at work in their classes and looking forward to a relaxing winter break before coming back in January for the winter session.

The cast of Show A posing with assistant director Ms. Katherine, and Adagio Ballet Company director Ms. Evelina.

The cast of Show A posing with assistant director Ms. Katherine, and Adagio Ballet Company director Ms. Evelina.

If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to stop by the front desk and check out Adagio’s Nutcracker 2014 ornaments and t-shirt!

Winter Break 2014-2015 December 10, 2014

The last day of our Fall Session is December 21st and the first day of the Winter Session is January 5.  Adagio Ballet and Dance School will be closed for Winter Break December 22-January 4.

Have a great break!

Adagio Ballet Company at the Enchanted Forest Festival November 24, 2014

This past weekend the Adagio Ballet Company debuted their new Nutcracker rep at the Enchanted Forest Festival! From party girls, to Sugar Plums, to Chinese dancers, the show was a success and left our students more excited than ever for Adagio Ballet’s Nutcracker 2014.

Company member Flora Hepp, excitedly waiting to perform.

Company member Flora Hepp, excitedly waiting to perform.

Savanna Hunter, preparing to perform as Godfather Drosslemeyer, excited to begin the soundcheck.

Savanna Hunter, preparing to perform as Godfather Drosslemeyer, excited to begin the soundcheck.

With a long week of exhausting rehearsals behind them, it was a tired crowd that early in the morning. The dancers all perked up, however, as soon as they hit the stage for blocking and a sound check.

Company members preparing to block the show at the Enchanted Forest Festival on Sunday.

Company members preparing to block the show at the Enchanted Forest Festival on Sunday.

Party girls all lined up waiting to perform.

Party girls all lined up waiting to perform.

The company performed the Nutcracker overture and party scene, with a disgruntled little girl, two trouble makers, and a charming Clara, performed this weekend by Mikaley Bolden.

The unhappy party girl, performed by Leah, adagio Ballet Company member.

The unhappy party girl, performed by Leah, adagio Ballet Company member.

Mikaley Bolden, as Clara, dancing with her nutcracker.

Mikaley Bolden, as Clara, dancing with her nutcracker.

Providing entertainment for the party, Godfather Drosselmeyer arrived bring the Nutcracker doll, and performances by two Harlequin Dolls and the Columbine Doll.

The presentation of Clara's nutcracker doll.

The presentation of Clara’s nutcracker doll.

Erin Barth as a Harlequin Doll.

Erin Barth as a Harlequin Doll.

Isabella Swigart as a Harlequin Doll.

Isabella Swigart as a Harlequin Doll.

Company soloist Flora Hepp as the Columbine Doll.

Company soloist Flora Hepp as the Columbine Doll.

Adagio Ballet Company dancers also performed their piece from the Enchantment- the midnight scene when the Christmas tree doubles in size.

The Enchantment

The Enchantment

The Sugar Plum Fairy was elegant, charming, and beautiful onstage, performed by Katya Fortin, who quickly won the hearts of the audience and the admiration of the Jr. Company, who were performing this weekend as well.

Soloist Katy Fortin as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Soloist Katy Fortin as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Sugar Plum Fairy variation.

The Sugar Plum Fairy variation.

The Junior Company was absolutely adorable, performing as Angels, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.

A charmingly serious Jr. Company Angel.

A charmingly serious Jr. Company Angel.

The Spanish Dancers

The Spanish Dancers

Russian, performed by the Jr. Company.

Russian, performed by the Jr. Company.

Last but not least, Waltz of the Flowers: the largest, most classical piece in the ballet. In Adagio’s Nutcracker, it is a sea of pink tulle and bejeweled flowers. The hours of hard work put into readying those costumes for the stage definitely paid off, and the dancers received compliments all morning.

Company member Eliza in Waltz of the Flowers.

Company member Eliza in Waltz of the Flowers. Check out those tutus!

The Sugar Plum Fairy in Waltz of the Flowers.

The Sugar Plum Fairy in Waltz of the Flowers.

Clara in the Waltz of the Flowers.

Clara in the Waltz of the Flowers.

We hope you all continue to come out and support the Adagio Dance Companies! And if you haven’t yet, be sure to purchase your tickets for Adagio Ballet’s The Nutcracker, available here.

Company member Eliza surrounded by the aftermath of a great show.

Company member Eliza surrounded by the aftermath of a great show.

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Adagio Ballet Holiday Hours November 24, 2014

Greetings All!

We will be holding regular classes Monday November 24th- Wednesday November 26th this week. The studio will be closed Thursday November 27th- Sunday November 30th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Have a wonderful holiday and we will see you in December!

Adagio Ballet Staff

 

 

 

Master Classes at Adagio November 14, 2014

We are excited to announce that Adagio will be hosting Master classes with two “Little Dancer” performers.

Click the links below to get more information and reserve your spot!

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Adagio’s Nutcracker Tickets on Sale Now! November 11, 2014

Follow this link to order your tickets online.  All audience members must have printed or e-tickets at the door.  We look forward to sharing our students’ work with you!

We’re beginning rehearsals for The Nutcracker! November 2, 2014

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If you’re ever at Adagio in the evenings, you will hear the unmistakable strains of Tchaikovsky coming from almost every classroom. It’s that time of year again! So just to get in the spirit, we asked a few students and teachers about their favorite memories of The Nutcracker and what they’re really looking forward to this year!

The Adagio Ballet Company in last year's Nutcracker.

The Adagio Ballet Company in last year’s Nutcracker.

“When I was 5, I went to see my first Nutcracker and got so excited that I danced all around the lobby during intermission.” – Kate (Adagio Ballet Company member)

“When I was 7, my parents took me to see The Nutcracker for the first time and it was what made me want to dance professionally. I’m looking forward to seeing all the students come together and create the show. It’s exciting to watch them experience what we’ve experienced.” - Ms. Ariana

 “When I performed in The Nutcracker with the Joffrey Ballet at The Kennedy Center last year, one of the principle dancers Fabrice Calmels asked us for a picture when we came offstage. He was joking, because we were always asking the older dancers if we could get a picture with them.”- Erin (Adagio Ballet Company soloist)

The Snow Princesses in Adagio's Nutcracker 2013.

The Snow Princesses in Adagio’s Nutcracker 2013.

 “I’m looking forward to seeing students believing in their characters and making the audience believe the story. I’m hoping that everyone has a very positive experience this year.” – Ms. Evalina

“I’m really looking forward to getting to do so many roles, because they’re very different.” – Kiara (Adagio Ballet Company member)

“I’m excited because this is my first year in Ballet Company, so I get to do a lot more in the show.” – Rachel (Adagio Ballet Company member)

The party girls enjoying the holiday festivities.

The party girls enjoying the holiday festivities.

“I’m looking forward to performing as one of the Sugar Plum Fairies. This is my first lead role.” – Katherine (Adagio Ballet Company soloist)

“I’m most excited about seeing how the teachers will integrate multiple styles of dance into the traditional ballet. I’m also really looking forward to seeing all of the students perform.”- Ms. Grace

The Arabian dancers in last year's Nutcracker.

The Arabian dancers in last year’s Nutcracker.

This year’s Nutcracker will run December 6th and 7th. Tickets and more information are available here through Eventbrite. Be sure to look out for the new Nutcracker apparel coming soon!