Weston dancers leap onto the stage

Weston dancers Jamie Friedman, Bella Randazzo, Lily Harwood, and Jenna Babyak are among the 32 Westonites to perform in Wilton Dance Studio’s spring show June 2.

Weston dancers Jamie Friedman, Bella Randazzo, Lily Harwood, and Jenna Babyak are among the 32 Westonites to perform in Wilton Dance Studio’s spring show June 2.

Wilton Dance Studio’s spring shows bring students’ hard work to the Wilton High School stage, including 32 dancers from Weston. Three performances feature more than 250 student dancers on Sunday, June 2.

Younger dancers perform in “Grandma’s Attic” at 11 a.m. The classic comic ballet Coppélia is featured during the 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. shows. The two afternoon performances also showcase “All that Jazz,” a review-style show including modern, tap, hip-hop, and other styles of dance, reflecting the diversity of dance study provided by the studio.

Julia Constantine of Weston will receive recognition for her participation of five years of dancing with the studio.

The spring show tradition gives student dancers a chance to share their love of dance in different ways. Dancers up to age 6 participate in “Grandma’s Attic,” which allows each class to shine in its own routine and costume, but without requiring dancers (or the audience) to stay for an extended period of time.

“We love providing a performance experience to our younger dancers that allows them to experience the big stage without too much pressure. It’s important to their development of confidence and also joy in sharing their art,” said Brenda Froehlich, owner and artistic director of the studio.

For older dancers, the show begins with bringing to life a story-focused ballet. This allows students to develop their understanding of what it’s like to be part of a true ballet company and tell a story through movement and expression.

This year, ballet students age 7 through high school seniors will present Coppélia, a fun and fanciful story of an inventor, Dr. Coppélius, who creates a lifelike doll so lovely that the local heartthrob, Franz, decides to dump his fiancée, Swanhilda.

The afternoon show’s second act, All That Jazz, gives the stage to dancers who take part in the studio’s contemporary, tap, and hip-hop classes. The format is a variety show, with each class presenting a number. Older students create their own choreography and work with their dance friends for many weeks prior to the show to rehearse their moves.

“We love to see our students take part in developing their own performances and extending their dance education with choreography. Their creativity makes our spring shows unique,” said Ms. Froehlich.

The Wilton Dance Studio’s spring performances will be held at Wilton High School’s Clune Performing Arts Center. To buy tickets, call 203-544-9007 and leave a message, or order at wiltondance.com, click on “Spring Performances,” download and print the ticket order form, and fax it to the school at 203-544-8820. Tickets are also available at the door for all shows.

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