Zombie Party at the Lightner Museum

Many dragged themselves to the Lightner Museum in their best zombie attire!  “Get your zombie on” was from 5pm-7pm when the Lightner Museum hosted a special dance performance by Abella’s School of Dance: Thriller at Lightner.  Abella’s donated their talents for the evening by performing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, then teaching the zombie guests how to bust a move.

This was a free family-friendly event.  Donations were being requested at the door with 100% of proceeds going to the hurricane recovery effort in St. Johns County.

Guest entered through the Cafe’ Alcazar Entrance on Granada Street!

The International West Coast Swing Flash Mob 2016

The International West Coast Swing Flash Mob 2016, performed on Aviles Street in St Augustine, FL on Saturday, Sept. 3rd.. This event also happen in 28 countries around the world on that same day. First Coast TV spoke with Victoria as she prepared and at the end saw the results on Aviles Street.

2016 Dancing Stars of St Johns County

Dancing Stars of St. Johns County is an annual fundraiser benefiting St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts, Inc. (SACSPA). Proceeds from the event will assist the organization with programs that enrich the lives of families and children within our community.

The event includes a competition among the Dancing Stars of St. Johns County! Similar to the popular television show, “Dancing with the Stars”, local celebrities will pair up with professional dance instructors and perform in front of a panel of judges. Dancers will compete for two awards: People’s Choice, based on votes by the community, and Judge’s Choice, based on the dance performances the night of the event. The audience was also treated to dance performances by the Arthur Murray Dance Center. Those attending this event were very vocal about their preferences, which added a lot of fun to the dancing itself.

The Ballet of Peter Pan

The St. Augustine Ballet brought J.M. Barrie’s much-loved story of Peter Pan back to the stage at Lewis Auditorium with three performances over the weekend of May 14-15, 2016.

The Ballet of Peter Pan is a spectacle of pirates, fairies, mermaids, and lost boys, all dancing to a lively music score that ranges from Bach and Beethoven to Native American drums and Irish jigs.

Daet Rodriguez returned as Peter Pan, and local celebrity pirate Captain William Mayhen reprised his role as Captain Hook. Rodriguez trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana, and later danced with Cuba’s Ballet de Camaguey and the Teatro Centro de Arte-Leon Febres Cordero in Ecuador. Rodriguez is currently Artistic Director of Georgia Ballet. Captain Mayhem is an experienced Las Vegas entertainer and Pirate Magician in residence at the St. Augustine Pirate Museum.

The multigenerational cast included Harlow Hatin (13) as Wendy and Lily Clingan-Darack (17) as Tinkerbell. This popular St. Augustine event delights kids of all ages. The audience was encouraged to come in costume and to bring jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter to donate to the St. Francis House Food Pantry.

A True Kaleidoscope of Dance

This event was a fun, eclectic sampling of the art of dance as practiced in the St. Augustine region.  This year’s theme is “Dancing with an International Flair”.

Performers ran the gamut from the highly professional tap dancers and professional ballroom dancers to skilled, talented students from public and private institutions engaged in the preparation of future professionals and to those equally skilled and talented who dance exclusively to nurture their bodies and souls.  This program was symbolic of how thoroughly dance is entrenched in our sense of community, our sense of self, and our artistic life in St. Augustine.

Dancers included members of Aerial Athletes, Matanzas Tap, Noise Complaint Live, St. Augustine High School Dance Classes, Blue Lotus Belly Dance, Abella’s School of Dance, the Florida School of the Arts Dance Ensemble, Dancing with Victoria, Sara Camacho and Felix Solis and his partner, Deidre.

St. Augustine Ballet Prepares for the Ballet of Peter Pan

The St. Augustine Ballet prepares for the Ballet of Peter Pan, a ballet that will include swashbuckling pirates, beautiful fairies and mermaids, a ticking crocodile and, of course, Peter Pan and Wendy. Performance times are 2:00 and 7:30 p.m on May 14th and 2:00pm on May 15th  at the Lewis Auditorium in St Augustine.

“Sleeping Beauty” performed by Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

The EMMA Concert Association presented Canada’s Ballet Jörgen in a performance of Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium.

Ballet Jörgen is well known for its innovative repertoire, which is comprised exclusively of original works. For almost 30 years, the Canadian ballet company has been devoted to making ballet relevant and accessible, and the resulting international recognition has brought them to the forefront of the North American dance scene. The Ballet now gives over 120 performances a year at venues that range from rural to urban and inner-city communities.

Ballet Jörgen brought their own unique blend of beauty, warmth, and humor to the classical ballet Sleeping Beauty. With new and original choreography, the enchanting story of Aurora and her prince was brought to life on stage of the Lewis Auditorium.

Dancing Stars of St Johns County

St. Augustine Community School of Performing Arts (SACSPA) will host the 2016 Dancing Stars of St. Johns County at Flagler College Lewis Auditorium on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 7 pm. For the past two years, this successful fundraising event has raised much needed funds
in support of our organization. SACSPA seeks “to find and nurture the spirit of creativity and talent that lies within everyone.” This year, numerous local celebrities will be paired with a professional dance instructor from the prestigious Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Each couple will perform for the audience and a local celebrity panel of judges.

This event at Arthur Murray Dance Studio on Thursday launches our community introduction to our Dancing Stars of St Johns County. A fundraising event for St Augustine Community School of Performing Arts, Inc ( SACSPA ).

Sweetheart Gala….is Sweet Indeed

Blue Lotus Belly dance and friends presented a delightful evening of dance on Saturday, January 30th, 2016.
Funds and donations were raised for their selected charity:
St. Gerard Campus of St. Augustine
A variety dance styles were showcased including Oriental “Raks Sharki” Bellydance, American Tribal Style®, Tribal Fusion, Egyptian Cabaret, Veil dancing, Famenco, Sword Dance and more!

THE NUTCRACKER Proves That Dance is a Heavenly Art

The St. Augustine Ballet presented their seventh annual production of the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, at the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. Saint Augustine Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker was truly magical. The show featured dancers as mischievous mice, dancing dolls, and much, much more. The stage came alive with sparkling snowflakes, elegant costumes, custom-designed scenery, and skillful athletic dancing that charmed entire families. Adam Schiffer and Ashley Hathaway, both from the Carolina Ballet, performed the principal roles of Cavalier and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The roars of approval of the crowds were as magical as the show itself. Kudos to Luis Abella, the St Augustine Ballet and guests, for being able, to once again, put a show together, that has so many performers and pieces, that at the end, on the canvas we call stage, we get to see a living painting that is absolutely beautiful to the eyes and soul. Thank you.