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.

St Augustine Winter Spectacular 2015

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.

Saint Augustine Ballet Tunes Up

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.

“Ensemble Español” Took Our Breath Away

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!
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Argentine Tango Came to St Augustine

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.

The Ballet of Peter Pan Dazzles the Audience

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.