The Conservatory of Dance School is performance based. There are four performance periods each year. The Conservatory of Dance performs regularly at the Saint Mary's O'Laughlin Auditorium and South Bend Civic Theater in collaboration with Conservatory of Dance Company. Additional Company performances are given in other venues such as Century Center, Clay High School, Art Beat, Mishawaka Summer Fest, various retirement assisted living centers, and several elementary schools within the South Bend School Corporation. The heavy performance schedule means that rehearsals are a part of the School timetable from the first day of the year to the last.
Conservatory of Dance is pleased to present Ballet Chicago in Spring Swing at the Lerner Theater on March 16, 2013 at 7:30pm. The program, a mix of classical ballet and contemporary dance will include Dan Duell’s River Suite, Metamorphosis, by local choreographer and Conservatory teacher, Dawn Deahl, and George Balanchine’s stunning masterpiece, Serenade. The program will also feature a premier work by Ted Seymour, Chicago-based choreographer and dancer with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
In our annual children's showcase, young dancers perform scenes from classic fairy tales.
Conservatory of Dance presents Excerpts from Coppelia and Repertory. A wonderful story of friendships, magical toys, and a little mischief! The repertory program features the talents of our strongest dancers. Conservatory of Dance will also debut exciting contemporary dance and jazz works by local choreographers Dawn Deahl and Lari Lawrence-Gist.
Conservatory of Dance presents Excerpts from Coppelia and Repertory. A wonderful story of friendships, magical toys, and a little mischief! The Student Concert will feature dancers of all ages and levels. Students will showcase what they have learned this year with enthusiatic performances in tap, jazz, musical theater, and modern dance.
A family friendly performance for all ages. Our version of the Nutcracker does not use the traditional Tchaikovsky score, yet the storylines are similar. In our story, Klara is a homeless girl living in today's busy world with the hustle and bustle of people preparing for the holiday season. Klara is offered a gift of a broken Nutcracker doll found in the trash by another homeless person, Herr Drosselmeyer. Drosselmeyer casts a magic spell where Klara dreams of a Mouse Queen who battles with the Nutcracker. The Nutcracker transforms into a prince and takes Klara to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy and her kingdom. Along the way there are dancing snowflakes, graceful fairies, and waltzing flowers. The kingdom celebrates Klara's visit with costumes and dances from around the world. There are dances from China, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and our Native America. The Sugar Plum Fairy dances as well. Through the magical strength that Drosselmeyer gave her, Klara discovers that even a small kindness can make a difference. Klara finds her family with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince. In the end, Klara teaches us that all people are special, no matter if they seem different or unimportant.
Performance duration is anticipated at 105 minutes.
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