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Massachusetts Dance Festival Includes Local Students

by Jim Montalto

The Dancing Arts Center in Holliston is proud to announce that members of its Dancing Arts Academy touring company will perform Puccini Pas in the Emerging Artists concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 23 during the Massachusetts Dancing Arts Festival. 











(Arielle Ott and Noelle Ott, both 13, of Upton)











  (Zoe Bangert, 13, of Sherborn, and Amelia Noreau, 13, of Upton)

Jessica Lynch, 12, left, of Sherborn, will join the other four girls in representing DAC’s Dancing Arts Academy Day School, which is for students in grades 4 -12 who study academics through distance learning programs and dance. 

DAA Principal and DAC Director, Karyn Edison applied to the MDF with audition video on behalf of these students, who were chosen through a strict application/audition process and from a large field of dance companies. The DAA students have already performed at the MDF’s first weekend event in June at Boston University.

MDF strives to revitalize dance and arts-related professions and establish dance artistically, financially and operationally, throughout Massachusetts. Each year it holds both day-time workshops for all levels of experience, and performances for professional and emerging companies over two weekends; one in the Boston area and the other at UMass Amherst.

“The Dancing Arts Center is proud to have been selected to perform at the Massachusetts Dance Festival in 2010 and then again in 2012 because MDF is such an importance part of the dance world here in Massachusetts,” says Karyn Edison, DAC’s Director.

 “MDF promotes all dance has to offer by showcasing many of Massachusetts’s most prominent dance teachers in many genres of dance. It also offers annual statewide education workshops and performances that are inclusive of all dance genres, and provides opportunities for professional and emergent dancers and choreographers, while inspiring community-wide involvement.”

The University of Massachusetts Music and Dance Department, Amherst is sponsoring the MDF workshops, concerts and company auditions between September 22 and 23, 2012. MDF is offering workshop classes for all ages and levels of experience on both days and will present a concert on each date, which will include a wealth of different styles of dance with a wide range of dancers in age and experience.

Professional dance companies, such as BoSoma Dance Company, Contrapose Dance, and others, along with emerging companies such as Boston Community Dance Project, Dancing Arts Ensemble, and The Connecting Point Dance Company, are schedule to appear.

On Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m., Dancing Arts Academy dancers will perform its original piece Puccini Pas during the Emerging Artists concert.

About the Dancing Arts Center:
The Dancing Arts Center, located in Holliston, Massachusetts, provides instruction in
classical ballet, modern dance, improvisation, character, hip hop, Pointe, pas de deux, and choreography, and offers a variety of other performance-related classes through the year.  DAC’s teaching foundation is based on the philosophy that good dance training awakens the senses and stimulates emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. It believes in nurturing each student’s desires, and enhancing their love of dance, through creative expression, exploration, and discovery.

Its small class size fosters careful, and progressive development of each student’s artistry. For more information about the Dancing Arts Center (dance school), Dancing Arts Academy (academic and dance day school) or the Dancing Arts Ensemble (not-for-profit performing company), contact the director, Karyn Edison at 508-429-7577 or visit the website

Jim Montalto
Communications Director
Dancing Arts Center
508 429-7577