American Repertory Ballet, Dance Power, New Brunswick Public School District
American Repertory Ballet's acclaimed DANCE POWER program in the New Brunswick Public School District will culminate with performances featuring over 500 students this March and April. Established in 1984, DANCE POWER brings dance education into New Brunswick elementary schools and offers opportunities for select students to study at Princeton Ballet School on full scholarship.
The annual Waiting in the Wings showcase for third grade DANCE POWER students will take place on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the New Brunswick High School. On April 8, 2013 at 7:00pm, also at New Brunswick High School, the new second grade DANCE POWER program will hold its first full performance, featuring over 150 students. Both performances will be free and open to the public.
At the Waiting in the Wings performance, the 2013-2014 DANCE POWER Scholars will be announced. The students selected to be DANCE POWER Scholars - two boys and two girls from each school - are given the opportunity to study dance through 12th grade at Princeton Ballet School, which has a location in downtown New Brunswick.
This year's Waiting in the Wings performance will feature the more than 400 third grade students from the New Brunswick Public School District who have participated in ARB's DANCE POWER program this year. The show's theme is Animation Imagination. It features music from animated movies and choreography inspired by these movies' styles.
In addition to this year's DANCE POWER students, the evening will feature special appearances by DANCE POWER Scholars that have been studying over the past year at Princeton Ballet School, as well as DANCE MIX students. DANCE MIX students are DANCE POWER Scholars ranging from 7th through 12th grade who have chosen to study a variety of dance forms at Princeton Ballet School, such as modern, jazz and clogging. These DANCE MIX students and the DANCE POWER Scholars are excited to return to the Waiting in the Wings stage to share their continued love of dance. American Repertory Ballet will also perform at Waiting in the Wings: Animation Imagination, giving the audience and students a glimpse of the artistry and technique that can be achieved through continued dance study.
The second grade DANCE POWER program began in 2012 when, with the support of a gift from Dr. Anthony R. and Marlene M. Volpe, a pilot class was launched at Livingston Elementary School. These second graders performed in last year's Waiting in the Wings showcase. In January 2013, the second grade program expanded to 16 classrooms across the district, and will culminate on April 8 with the program's first full performance.
The second grade DANCE POWER program's curriculum features the concept of creating movement based on a text. This year, all 16 classes are utilizing the book The Relatives Came as the basis for their choreography for this culminating performance.
Since 1984, DANCE POWER has become a household name in New Brunswick, and the performances have become events anticipated by students and their families and neighbors. Over 1,000 community members attended the culminating performance last year. American Repertory Ballet is proud to have established this tradition in the community and to introduce hundreds of New Brunswick students to dance each year.
Waiting in the Wings: Animation Imagination
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