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New ‘Mommy and Me: Music and Movement’ Class at Darien Arts Center Starts Oct 16

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Danette Meigel is teaching the new “Mommy and Me: Music and Movement” class at the Darien Arts Center. Music and Movement is geared toward children ages 18-months to 3 years and their parents and caregivers. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Classes will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Wednesdays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 20.

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Dancers from Darien Arts Center, Colleges and Professional Groups Perform Oct 19 in ‘An Evening of Dance’

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The Darien Arts Center is presenting a new dance showcase that includes professional and college dance groups in An Evening of Dance on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Sacred Heart University dance program will be performing, as well as East Coast Contemporary Ballet, DAC and Latin Moves companies. Dance performances will encompass classical ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, and ballroom styles, and about 30 dancers will perform in the 60-minute show. Audience members are encouraged to stay for refreshments and a ‘meet and greet’ with dancers following the showcase.

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Two New Dance Instructors at Darien Arts Center

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The Darien Arts Center has announced the addition of two new instructors to their dance faculty. Victoria Ulmer and Jana Powers will join the popular DAC dance program which offers students from the age of 3 through adults, the opportunity to train in one of the finest dance spaces in Fairfield County and to participate in multiple performances throughout the year. Victoria Ulmer joins the DAC staff from Steps Performing Arts Center and has over 35 years of experience teaching dance. She has trained with Madame Darvash, Chet Walker, Chuck Kelly, Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway and Peridance. She is trained in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop and Swing.

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Childrens Ballet, ‘Belle’s Adventures’ at Darien Arts Center, April 6 and 7

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Darien Arts Center students and members of the DAC performance company will present Belle’s Adventures, a new original children’s ballet, on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Performances take place at 12 noon and 3 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Belle’s Adventures is geared toward a younger audience. It is an ideal way for those interested in learning how to dance, to see one of many DAC performance opportunities provided for dance students. All ages are welcome to attend, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $15 for the show, which runs for approximately one hour.

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Reserve Tickets Now (They Usually Sell Out) for Darien Art’s Center’s 18th ‘Evening of Dance’

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Once again, a dazzling ‘Evening of Dance’ promises to thrill audiences at the Darien Arts Center’s annual performances at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 and at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Celebrating it’s 18th year, the DAC’s ‘Evening of Dance’ will showcase an impressive culmination of performances by the DAC Dance department staff, and the adult and student performance groups that have worked together since 2000. Under the direction of DAC Dance Director Bonnie Gombos, instructors and students have developed, choreographed and polished performances to feature the versatility of the dancers in a wide variety of dance forms.

Performances will encompass classical ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, and ballroom styles, and approximately 30 dancers will perform in the 90-minute show.

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Bonnie Gombos Both Heads DAC Dance and, with Husband Jamie, Teaches Martial Arts

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For many in Darien, “Miss Bonnie” is synonymous with ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, jazz and multiple other dance opportunities for youth. It’s not a surprise, as Bonnie Gombos has been at the helm of the Darien Art Center’s well-known dance department since 2007 and has been teaching dance at the DAC for 23 years. — This article was provided by Darien Arts Center. First hired as a dance instructor, Gombos soon found herself filling the shoes of original DAC Dance Director Val Pullman when Pullman moved to Maryland. Already known for its welcoming and creative dance space, Gombos grew the DAC’s dance “family” into one of the largest dance schools in Connecticut, teaching dance to many generations in Darien.

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Dance on The DL Now at Goodwives Shopping Center, You’re Invited to the Grand Opening Sept 22

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Dance on the DL, which previously offered dance classes out of JoyRide Studo at Goodwives Shopping Center, has moved into its own space next door in the shopping center. The local dance instruction business will celebrate with a Grand Opening open house on Saturday, Sept. 22. You can follow @danceonthedl on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. Here’s the announcement from Dance on the DL:

Dance on the DL proudly announces its new studio space located one door down from JoyRide Studios (25 Old Kings Hwy.

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Hear and Dance to Different Music, Taste Something Different at Norwalk’s NICE Festival on July 7

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The third annual Norwalk NICE Festival, an all-day, free, summer multicultural celebration of music, food, and dance, takes place Saturday, July 7. You may find it a lot more than nice.  

This day-long event is filled with an abundance of cultural performances and numerous vendors offering a wide array of international cuisines and arts and crafts. — an announcement from the Norwalk NICE Festival, including information from the festival website

Experience live performances from multiple traditions to include live dancers with origins in Flamenco, Asian, African, and more; Live music includes Rock, Reggae, Rhythm & Blues, Latin, Folk and music across all genres. Honoring Norwalk International Cultural Exchange’s commitment to increasing awareness of the diversity of people from around the world through arts and culture, NICE festival organizers have assembled a line-up of multicultural, celebratory sounds for all ages to enjoy.

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Summer Season of 50 Shows Starts at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion This Week

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The Levitt Pavilion in Westport boasts 50 shows this summer during weekends and weeknights including some big-name acts, kid-friendly Wednesday shows — and it’s all for free. You just have to fight traffic to get there from Darien. The Levitt features music, dance, comedy, theater and sometimes films in an outdoor setting through Aug. 25 this year, when Melissa Etheridge performs at the Levitt for a fundraising concert. The start of the season begins Sunday night, June 24 with a Neil Diamond tribute act that has already sold out.

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Here’s Who Won the 2018 Darien’s Got Talent Competition [With Updates]

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Seven happy contestants or contestant teams walked away with awards and prizes at the culmination of Saturday night’s  2018 Darien’s Got Talent show at Darien High School. Editor’s note: This article originally was published Saturday night. More information about the event has been announced by Darien Arts Center and has been included below at 2:12 p.m., Monday.  

 

Cary WangThe winner in the adult category was Tom Giles, who played “Skedaddle,” his own composition on the piano. In the Children’s Category, Cary Wang, who also played the piano on stage, was the winner.

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Saturday Night’s the Night: Darien’s Got Talent Starts at 7 PM

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Saturday night’s the night, June 23, when 21 finalists from Darien and neighboring towns compete in Darien’s Got Talent at Darien High School. The event starts at 7 p.m.

If You’re Going … Tickets for Darien’s Got Talent are $35 and are available at darienarts.org. VIP tickets are $125 and include center section seating and entry to the post show party. Many family sponsorship options are also available at DarienArts.org.

Art, Music, Dance — Annual Artwalk Event Early Friday Night in Downtown Stamford

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Artwalk, an evening of art-related, free events as well as live music and dance, takes place from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 22 on several blocks in downtown Stamford. You can stroll through Stamford’s downtown streets and visit seven galleries, where you can meet participating artists (see the list below). Along the way, you’ll find live music and dancing (take a look at that list, below, too). ________

— This information is from an announcement on the Stamford Downtown website

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The 6th annual Artwalk features more than 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, and multi-media artists, reflecting a diverse sampling of mediums, styles, and trends in contemporary art. Most of the artwork will be available to buy.

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Over 200 Kids and Teens Strut Their Stuff in Dance on the DL’s Showcase Performance This Sunday

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Over 200 students from ages 4 to 15 will hit the dance floor at Dance on the DL’s second annual showcase performance, “Hooked on a Feeling,” from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 10 at Darien High School. Get your tickets now, and you may be dancing in your seat on Sunday afternoon. The dancers will take you on a journey through all the emotions dance and music make us feel. Co-owners Doreen Godfrey (D) and Linda Cicero (L) place a strong emphasis on motivating, inspiring and educating their “crew” to be proud of who they are, know they can make a difference in this world and to never give up. Returning as MC’s will be professional dancers and choreographers Paul and Brian Herman from Double Up Dance Studio, along with DJ Chinaman, who will have the crowd dancing in their seats.

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Art, Dance, Music, Martial Arts Classes at Darien Arts Center: Register Soon

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The Darien Arts Center is offering a variety of creative opportunities for winter and spring of 2018, as well as Improv Night for adults on Feb. 3. View all classes and workshops and register at darienarts.org. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien, behind the Town Hall. For more information, call (203) 655-8683
FOR AGES 3 THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL:
DANCE and MARTIAL ARTS: Spring classes begin Jan.

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‘So We Think We Can Dance’ Returns to DAC Stage Saturday and Sunday, Jan 14, 15

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The popular showcase of talent, So We Think We Can Dance is back for its seventh year at the Darien Arts Center, where the student-run production has sold-out audiences for the past six years. Totally produced by DAC dance student volunteers, ages 10 to 18, the show returns to the DAC Weatherstone Studio with performances on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m.

DAC dance students manage all stages of creation and execution, and choreograph and perform approximately 17 dances that encompass many different styles of dance. The DAC dance program provides dedicated students a one of kind opportunity, to produce a show from start to finish.