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Teen-produced show to be staged at Darien's Weatherstone Studio

Published 11:50 am, Wednesday, December 26, 2012
  • The Darien Arts Center's Dance Company will present ìSo We Think We Can Danceî at the DACís Weatherstone Studio on Saturday, Jan. 5, and Sunday, Jan. 6. Photo: Contributed
    The Darien Arts Center's Dance Company will present ìSo We Think We Can Danceî at the DACís Weatherstone Studio on Saturday, Jan. 5, and Sunday, Jan. 6. Photo: Contributed

 

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"So We Think We Can Dance," a show produced entirely by the teens of the Darien Arts Center's Dance Company, will take place at the Weatherstone Studio on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 6, at 3 p.m.

The members handled all facets of the production -- from publicizing the show, choreographing dances, even making videos to show between dances to entertain the audience while they changed costumes.

Jordan Cassetta; her sister, Ashley; and their friend Hanna Kalhert are the show's producers. Jordan said the three of them "love learning to dance."

Proceeds from the show will benefit the junior and senior dance companies by bringing more workshops and master classes to the Darien Arts Center.

Between the holidays, midterm exams, dance classes and other performances, the time-frame to mount the show would be tight, and they would not have the assistance of Bonnie Gombos, company and DAC dance director. Undeterred, the three girls rallied support from the DAC, volunteers and sponsors.

The show features new dances choreographed entirely by DAC students. Dozens of dancers from the junior and senior companies signed up to participate.

Jordan Cassetta said the other dancers were happy to jump in and help. "We're happy that the younger and the older dancers have the chance to work together for this. We really feel like this proves what good teammates we are."

During rehearsals, the girls worked through the dances and assigned tasks to every aspect of the production. "We've learned so much about the work that goes into putting on a show," said Ashley Cassetta, "and we're so happy to be doing it again."

Gombos, who has taught many of the dancers from the time they were 3, added, "I'm excited to see them go above and beyond because they love to perform so much. I've seen the dances they have planned, and they're beautiful."

Tickets are $10 at the door and may be reserved by e-mailing Bonnie@darienarts.org. A reception will follow the performance.

For information, call 203-655-8683 or visit www.arts.darien.org.