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International, Local Dancers From Wilton Studio Share Stage

Dancers in the studios at Purchase College, as they prepare for their July 3 performances left to right: Isabella Sperry (Weston); Rebecca Szabo (Norwalk); Esha Iyengar (Wilton).
Dancers in the studios at Purchase College, as they prepare for their July 3 performances left to right: Isabella Sperry (Weston); Rebecca Szabo (Norwalk); Esha Iyengar (Wilton). Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – Local dancers from Fleur de Lis Dance Academy will perform at the annual American Academy of Ballet Technique Intensive at Purchase College Friday, July 3 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The show features performances with 220 international and local dancers from 11 countries and 23 U.S. states. The dancers will perform excerpts from the classical ballets as well as original choreography by the faculty teachers.

Founded by Mignon Furman, the ABB Summer School of Excellence trains dancers to improve their classical ballet technique and performing abilities. Dancers receive world-class training from distinguished faculty that includes former dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, Vaganova Academy in Russia, Kirov Ballet and New York City Ballet.

The first week of the five-week summer program is the Ballet Technique Intensive, followed by four more weeks that include jazz, Spanish and personal coaching in small groups of five to eight dancers.

“It is important for dancers to be exposed to other forms of dance to remain competitive as they audition for dance programs and companies,” said Simon Kaplan, director of AAB. Kaplan encourages young dancers to attend and “improve their technique and performance. The dancers will return home confident and inspired, dancing with renewed energy and purpose and with enhanced artistry.”

Michelle Sperry, founder and director of Fleur de Lis Dance Academy of Wilton, is proud to have many of her students accepted and three of them attending. “We are the only American Academy of Ballet Affiliate in Fairfield County and our dancers work extremely hard to prepare for our intense dance season and then to audition and attend the AAB summer program and performances.”

Tickets for the summer performances may be purchased at the dance building before each performance.

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York.

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