TRIP Dance Company, now in its sixteenth year, is a competitive dance troupe founded by Helena Sullivan, Artistic Director and Owner of Stowe Dance Academy. It began in 2000 with 6 teenagers and has expanded in 2015/16 to include 34 dancers ages 6-18. TRIP offers young dancers the opportunity to master technique and performance skills in the areas of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Modern, Tap, and Hip-Hop. TRIP dancers take classes with nationally recognized teachers at regional conventions, compete as a team at New England dance competitions, and perform at community events and fundraisers.
TRIP, originally named by young company dancers at its inception, stands for Technique, Rehearse, Implement and Perform.
SENIORS - Saturday 2:00-3:45 PM
TEENS – Saturday 2:00-3:45 PM
JUNIORS – Saturday 10:30-11:45 AM
MINIS - Saturday 9:30-10:30 AM
Possible additional rehearsals on Friday 6:15 PM and/or Sunday (these rehearsals are by invitation only to participate in additional choreography, you can opt out of these dances if you choose to).
Expect Sunday rehearsals starting in January for ALL groups.
Mandatory SDA Summer Intensive Aug. 22-26, 2016, 9AM-3PM
Mandatory Trip Annual Meeting September 11, 2016, 3:30 PM at SDA
Mandatory Trip Parent Meeting September 11, 2016, 1:00 PM at SDA
Mandatory Harwood Union HS November 2016
Mandatory Jump, Albany, NY. October 28-30
Optional NYCDA, Boston, MA. December 16-18, 2016
Mandatory ASH, Worcester, MA. January 20-22, 2017
Mandatory NUVO, Boston, MA. February 3-5, 2017
Optional WCDE, Boston, MA. February 25-26, 2017
Mandatory TRIP Fundraiser March 22-25, 2017
Mandatory Waitsfield Cabin Fever Follies March 31, April 1-2 2017
Optional Tremaine, Boston, MA April 8-8, 2017
Mandatory Stowe Weekend of Hope, May 7, 2017 TBD
(Other events may be added)
The TRIP Dance Company loves to perform and is always looking for more opportunities to do this. If you know of a company or event that is ooking for performers, please contact Helena Sullivan. We are especially interested in paid performance opportunities with the funds being applied to overall dance expenses for the group, but will consider unpaid performances, as well.
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STOWE'S OWN TRIP DANCE COMPANY RETURNS TO SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MARCH
With its progressive choreography and award-winning talent, TRIP Dance Company will return to the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19 to perform its annual fundraiser. TRIP, which stands for Technique, Rehearse, Implement and Perform, is a competitive dance company associated with the Stowe and Mad River Dance Academy and is comprised of 35 dancers ages 9-18 from the towns of Stowe, Waterbury Center, Morrisville, Johnson, Hyde Park, and Waitsfield. TRIP, now in its 16th year, offers young dancers in Vermont the opportunity to master technique and performance skills in the areas of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop.
This year's dance repertoire includes both innovative and classical choreography that will be performed at three leading industry competitions: New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA) in Boston, Artists Simply Human (ASH) in Worcester, MA and Tremaine in Boston. During these competitions, dancers take highly challenging classes from industry professionals and compete for coveted scholarships.
“Our dancers are getting exposure and recognition both nationally and internationally and continue to explore all options available to them in the dance world,” says TRIP director Helena Sullivan. “It is exciting to watch these decidedly talented and driven young dancers explore the opportunities available to them.”
The senior TRIP dancers were invited to perform on stage this past September with Grace Potter at the 5th Annual Grand Point North Music Festival in Burlington.
Many of the TRIP dancers spend their summers attending competitive and highly selective dance intensives at world-renown ballet schools such as - School of American Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
Outstanding TRIP alumnae include Michaela DePrince who is currently performing in the Dutch National Ballet’s production of Don Quixote. Broadway’s Liana Hunt who has held leads in major productions of Mama Mia and Newsies was a founding TRIP member.
The TRIP Dance Company will be performing at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive, Stowe on March 18-19 at 7 pm, with general admission seating for $25 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any TRIP dancer, or directly through the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at WWW.SPRUCEPEAKARTS.ORG or 802-760-4634. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
CATCH TRIP FUNDRAISER AT SPPAC MARCH 20th & 21st
Stowe's own TRIP Dance Company was recently awarded New York City Dance Alliance's (NYCDA) “Critic's Choice Award” for its original jazz number, Mein Herr. This dazzling piece, along with several other award-winning dances, will be performed at Stowe's Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21 at 7 pm.
TRIP, Vermont's competitive dance company associated with the Stowe Dance Academy (SDA), has returned from two leading industry competitions, NUVO in Montreal, and NYCDA in Boston, where they competed and performed with some of the top dancers in the country. Bearing prestigious awards and scholarships, TRIP dancers, individually and as a group, have been recognized. At NYCDA, the senior dance, Mein Herr, choreographed by SDA’s Danielle Suffredini, was awarded the Critic's Choice award, Studio Stand Out, and Highest Overall Score. TRIP's Junior division received numerous awards including Class Act Award, in addition to Outstanding Showmanship Award and Outstanding Staging for its jazz number Move, and Outstanding Interpretation for its lyrical dance, A World to Believe In, and Outstanding Energy and Outstanding Costume for the musical theatre number, It's A Party. The convention concluded with the entire TRIP troupe being invited to attend, with scholarships, to the NYCDA Nationals in NYC this July.
“The passion, commitment, and enthusiasm of our dancers continues to grow,” says TRIP artistic director Helena Sullivan. This year we have seen such dedication--from long hours at the studio to being on stage in Boston. It's thrilling to see it all come together and to be able to share it with our community.”
Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.sprucepeakarts.org, the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center box office at 802-760-4634, or from any TRIP dancer. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
DANCERS ADD OOMPH TO GRACE POTTER SHOW
Last weekend, in conditions ranging from driving rain to downright frigid, 14 dancers from the TRIP Dance Company descended upon the Burlington waterfront to perform with concert bands at the fourth annual Grand Point North concert series.
The two-day event, organized and headlined by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, allowed Vermont bands to play in front of thousands of people. To read more Click Here
STOWE'S TRIP DANCE CO. TO PERFORM WITH GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS
The fourth annual Grand Point North music festival with headlining act Grace Potter & The Nocturnals will have the artistic addition of Stowe Dance Academy’s TRIP Dance Company. The 15-person dance troupe will perform alongside Vermont native Grace Potter providing a visual symmetry and rhythm to her award winning music.
The music festival will take place on September 13th & 14th at Burlington, VT’s Waterfront Park.
TRIP DANCE COMPANY AUDTIONS SUNDAY, MAY 18TH AT SDA
Auditions for the 2014-2015 dance year will be held on Sunday May 18 at the SDA studio.
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Dancers ages 7-11 (7 years of age before December 2014)
6:30pm - 8:00pm: Dancers ages 12 and older
Dancers will be evaluated in multiple dance combinations during the audition. Registration form must be completed and submitted.
Dancers 7-11 years in age are eligible to audition for TRIP if she/he will be taking at least 3 dance classes per week with two of those classes being ballet and jazz (dancers must be 7 years of age by December 31, 2014).
Dancers 12 and older are eligible if she/he will be taking 5 classes/week including at least 2 ballet classes and one jazz class per week.
All TRIP 2014-2015 Dance team juniors, teens and seniors must participate in a mandatory choreography intensive August 18th-22nd 2014 from 3-9pm.
STOWE'S AWARD-WINNING TRIP DANCE CO. RETURNS TO SPAC STAGE TO SHOWCASE ACCLAIMED AND VARIED DANCES
For the fourth year in a row, Stowe's TRIP Dance Company will return to the stage on Saturday, March 22, at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at 3pm and 7:30 pm to perform at its annual fundraiser. TRIP, which stands for Technique, Rehearse, Implement and Perform, is in its 12th year as a competitive dance company associated with the Stowe Dance Academy and comprised of 44 dancers ages 6-18 from the towns of Stowe, Waterbury, Waterbury Center, Morrisville, Johnson, Elmore, Hyde Park, Waitsfield, and Eden. TRIP is a nonprofit organization that offers young dancers the opportunity to master technique and performance skills in the areas of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern.
This year's dance repertoire includes all-new choreography, both innovative and classical, that will be performed this year at leading industry competitions, NUVO and Tremaine. Well-known dance celebrities such as “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographers Stacey Tookey and Travis Wall, and SYTYCD 2012 Female Runner-up Tiffany Maher, will be instructing and judging the TRIP dancers and their select dances. During these competition weekends, the girls take challenging dance classes and go on to compete for highly coveted scholarships and awards.
“Every year since TRIP's formation 12 years ago,” says TRIP director Helena Sullivan, “the skill level of this Company and the commitment of these girls continues to grow and garner attention from the dance world at large.”
Many of the TRIP dancers spend their summers attending competitive and highly selective dance intensives at world-renown ballet schools such as School of American Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, American Ballet Theater and Joffrey Ballet.
The TRIP Dance Company will be performing in Stowe on March 22 with general admission seating for $25 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any TRIP dancer, at the Stowe Dance Academy, online at WWW.SPRUCEPEAKARTS.ORG, by calling the SPPAC box office at 802-760-4634, or at the door.
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