St. Augustine Winter Spectacular! was a family-friendly, entertaining holiday production that followed a young girl’s journey home for the holidays.
Written and directed by Burkhardt’s daughter, Stephanie, who is executive artistic director of The Dance Company, the holiday spectacular is the story of a girl who is coming home for the holidays, traveling from New York to St. Augustine. En route she experiences obstacles and meets a variety of people. It’s a story, says Stephanie, about the holidays, but not all about the holidays.
The spectacular, told through dance and movement and some vocal selections, says Stephanie, features Gemma Smith in the lead role. Smith is a student in the St. Johns County Center for the Arts at St. Augustine High School.
“It’s a great experience to be in this show because it combines the three things I love most — acting, singing and dancing,” Smith said. “It’s been a great opportunity to experience how everyone at The Dance Company can really come together to put on a great show.”
Filled with a variety of dance styles, characters, and holiday scenes to kick off the season, the show offered an exciting and unique experience for St. Johns County residents and visitors. You got high-kick dancers, ballerinas, acrobats, actors, and more amidst dazzling costuming and props. The Dance Company’s elite Performance Ensemble comprises the majority of cast members as well as other dancers and performers who auditioned for roles. The Lewis Auditorium was packed and the show was received with a standing ovation.
The Saint Augustine Ballet headed over to the COA’s River House last Wednesday, November 25th for their annual performance of excerpts from The Nutcracker.
It was a sort a tune before their big show on December 19th & 20th at the Lewis Auditorium.
The fun started around 10:30 a.m.
First Coast.TV caught some highlights of the Ensemble Español performing in St Augustine on the evening of Sept. 6th 2015.
They stimulated the audience’s sense of beauty through music, movement of dance and the awesome color. They were absolutely fabulous!
For more info about the dance company go to www.ensembleespanol.org
A group of Argentine Tango Dancers from the local area gathered this last Saturday at Dos Coffee & Wine at 300 San Marco Avenue, to indulge in their passion of this beautiful sensual dance. They even threw a Merengue or two just for the fun of it.
Peter Pan flew over St Augustine yesterday May 16th, dazzling the audience that came to see this wonderful show. It was truly remarkable what the St Augustine Ballet was able to achieve in such short time, and by the standing ovation it seems that they are on the right track. Romanza Festivale was truly blessed to have such a dazzling event.
Kudos to director Luis Abella, his dancers and his production team.
El Ballet de San Agustín trae el Ballet de Peter Pan al Lewis Auditorium este Sabado, 16 de Mayo como parte del Festivale de Romanza 2015. El Ballet de Peter Pan es un espectaculo de piratas, hadas, sirenas, y jovenes perdidos, y todos bailando a la musica que cubre desde Bach y Beethoven, a los tambores de los indigenas americanos y gigas irlandesas.
Director Luis Abella.
The St. Augustine Ballet Peter Pan comes to the stage at Lewis Auditorium on Saturday, May 16, as part of the 2015 Romanza Festivale. The Ballet of Peter Pan is a spectacle of pirates, fairies, mermaids, and lost boys, all dancing to a music score that ranges from Bach and Beethoven to Native American drums and Irish jigs. Directed by Luis Abella.
On Saturday May 23rd, Dos Coffee & Wine at 300 San Marco Ave, St Augustine, FL is hosting a Milonga (a gathering of Argentine Tango dancers) where local dancers will come to dance this sensual and hypnotic dance, starting at 7;30 pm. All are welcome, you can dance, watch the dancers, listen to the music or snap some shoots with your camera. No cover charge.
For more info call Dos at 904.342.2421