Local girls perform with international dancers


Esha Iyengar of Wilton will be one of the dancers from Fleur de Lis Dance Academy  performing at the annual American Academy of Ballet Technique Intensive at Purchase College, in Westchester County, NY, Friday, July 3 at 2:30 and 7:30. The show features performances with 220 international and local dancers from 11 countries and 23 states. The dancers will perform excerpts from the classical ballets as well as original choreography by the faculty teachers.
Founded by Mignon Furman, the AAB 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 this 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.”
Local dancers and families are encouraged to attend the performances.
For the opportunity to train with the AAB syllabus, visit EnrollBallet.com. Tickets for the summer performances may be purchased at the dance building before each performance.