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A New Home

We are thrilled to have purchased a large two-story building in Webster Groves for our expansion into SkyStone Conservatory of the Arts! Dance Project Saint Louis will be the resident dance school of the center. We will also have classrooms for visual arts, theater, music, and more! Our objective is to integrate all art forms into our future performances and endeavors.

Our new building is currently being renovated inside and out and we expect construction to be completed by April. It is located right off Highway 44 by the Laclede Station Road exit, on Big Bend in the Old Orchard area. There is a very large parking lot right behind the building.

We have vacated our location in Fenton and will hold classes at Just Dancing until our building is completed. Just Dancing is a wonderful ballroom dance school that’s a bit north of where we were. They have served St. Louis for many years, and we’re looking forward to our time in their studio!

If you would like to be on our email list and receive updates about future arts classes and other activities at SkyStone, please contact us at bcraig@danceprojectstl.com

The Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet’s “The Great Russian Nutcracker” will return to the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, November 30th. We are proud to once again be the host studio for the St. Louis Youth Cast of nearly 100 local dance students. Tickets are on sale now at the Fabulous Fox. See you there!

Moscow Ballet At The Fox!

We are proud to announce that Dance Project will once again be the host studio for the St. Louis Children/Teen cast of the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” which is coming to the Fox Theatre on November 30th! For information about the performance, please visithttp://www.nutcracker.com/yourcity/st-louis-mo. It’s going to be a beautiful show!

Instructors Wanted!

DSC_1413We are interested in adding Voice Instruction and Theater Arts to our 2015-2016 curriculum, and we’re looking for instructors who will be able to come to the studio to teach! If you know anyone, drop us a line via our Contact Us page and let us know.  Thank you!

Our Year In Review

This season brought us many exciting opportunities, beginning with a collaboration with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company to perform Nutcracker excerpts at the Foundry Art Centre’s “Mommy And Me Nutcracker Tea” and at the Saint Louis Art Museum as part of their Family Sundays series.

Dance Project hosted Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” St. Louis Children and Youth Cast for the December 8th performance at the Peabody Opera House.

Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company joined us for our second annual “Dances of Winter” show at the Foundry Art Centre in December.

Many of our students and other local dancers took part in “Peace Walls,” the first Dance concert at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis under the direction of our Jennifer Medina, and shared the stage with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, the DisAbility Project, and UMSL Dance students.

Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company joined us for “The Walking Day”, a special performance about the paintings and artists of Impressionist France. “The Walking Day” was presented at the Saint Louis Art Museum as part of their Family Sundays series.

Jennifer Medina was appointed to direct the dance department at UMSL. She was a guest choreographer in Kansas City in June and was accepted as a member of Corps de Ballet International, a professional organization dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education. She will choreograph a piece for the Tallahassee Ballet this coming September.

Congratulations to Madelyn Wansong for her performances in “Billy Elliot” and “Suessical” at the Muny!

Our Petite Ensemble had a wonderful first performance at the West County Talent Bash, and our Performing Ensemble returned to Bash for the fourth year in a row.

To all our students and families . . . it’s been a wonderful season. We’re very proud of everyone’s hard work and grateful for your support. Have a great summer!

 

Spring Updates!

Art Museum Performance–Our performing ensemble will do a show about French Impressionism at the St. Louis Art Museum on June 8th as part of the museum’s Family Sundays Series and their French Impressionism exhibition. Our story is about children being locked by mistake in a museum where the paintings come to life during the night! We are doing the performance with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Medina’s professional company. The exhibition was mentioned in the New York Times over the weekend, so we are honored to have the opportunity to participate. Please consider coming to this wonderful free event!
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UMSL Performance–Many Dance Project students will be performing in the UMSL Dance Department show on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. It is inexpensive ($10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children) and will be the first performance Jen has done with the new department. It’s important for the community to support this endeavor as UMSL will be an affordable alternative for a fine dance education for local dancers.
For information, visit http://www.touhill.org/default.asp?touhill=51&objId=1279
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Exciting news!–Jen has been accepted into the Corps De Ballet International, a professional organization dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education. She will attend their annual Teacher Conference in Pittsburgh this June, and has been accepted to present a piece at the conference. It will be choreographed by her and performed by Christine O’Neal, a member of the Dance faculty at Washington University.
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Kids’ Parties!–We are now doing parties at Dance Project. They are elaborate, special parties for children. We’ll be sending home information about them soon. We will be offering discounts for Dance Project students and also will offer a referral program which would allow you to receive $25.00 off of your party in return for each of your referrals. We had a sample camping party several weeks ago, and we’ve been posting photos of the party on the Dance Project Facebook. We offer a dozen different types of parties, or we can create a custom one for you. We also will do showers and parties for adults.

Let’s have a party!

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We are proud to announce that The Dancing Bear Cottage is open for business!

The Dancing Bear Cottage provides personalized and creative party experiences for children and adults at an affordable price. You can choose from one of our many preset themes or create your own. We’re ready to celebrate your special days with you!

Check us out at our new website or visit us on Facebook!

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Congratulations to Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company on their remarkable performance of Uri Sands’ “ONE” at New Dance Horizons II. This beautiful piece was inspired by the life of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells have been used in medical research since her passing in the early 1950s.  New Dance Horizons II will travel to presenters in Missouri and Illinois this week.  Best of luck on the tour!

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Congratulations!

Recently, Dance Project students Madelyn Wansong and Ines Oulamine auditioned for several summer intensives offered by prominent dance companies in the United States.
We are proud to announce that Ines was accepted into the Milwaukee Ballet School Intensive, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, Cincinnati Ballet Summer Intensive, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School Summer Program.  Madelyn was accepted into the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Dance Intensive, the Perry-Mansfield Young-Artists Intensive, and the Milwaukee Ballet School Intensive. Madelyn has also been accepted to the Muny Kids Performance Troupe, and will appear in the Muny’s production of “Mary Poppins” (July 25th–August 2nd).
Both have studied dance for numerous years at Dance Project. Ines is a freshman at Mary Institute and Country Day School and Madelyn is in seventh grade at Visitation Academy.
We’re very proud–congratulations!

Ines Oulamine

Madelyn Wansong

Under Construction

Construction has begun on The Dancing Bear Cottage. We will have a much larger waiting area, and the new space will allow us greater flexibility in scheduling. It’s going to be a wonderful little studio–thanks for your patience and support while construction continues!

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