Stowe’s own TRIP Dance Co. returns to Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center’s stage to perform its award-winning numbers on March 23-24 at 7pm. All proceeds for the event go to supplement costs for TRIP dancers and to provide funds for need-based scholarships.
Now in it’s 18th year, T.R.I.P. (Technique, Rehearse, Implement and Perform) continues to offer passionate young dancers in Vermont the opportunity to significantly strengthen their technique and performance skills in the areas of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap and Hip Hop. During the year, the dancers attend some of the industry’s leading dance competitions where they take challenging classes, learn new choreography, and get inspiration from the innovators and celebrities of the dance world. (Several of the convention instructors were spotted dancing beside Justin Timberlake at this year’s Superbowl Half-Time Show!)
“The conventions our dancers attend through TRIP are truly inspirational,” according to TRIP artistic director, Helena Sullivan. “These young ladies walk away challenged and empowered to push themselves toward their goals.”
Every year the TRIP teams (junior, teen and senior) return home with a plethora of awards and scholarships. This season, the Senior dance team earned three platinum awards (highest ranking possible) for all three of their dances at New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA) in Boston; and the Junior team was awarded the “Class Act Award,” which recognizes the age appropriateness of the team’s dances. Other awards include “Outstanding Concept” for choreography and theme, and the “Versatility Award” which recognizes the varied dance styles of the TRIP dancers.
“It is so rewarding to see both the talent and the potential of our dancers,” says Maria Sullivan, Stowe Dance Academy teacher and manager. “The girls’ commitment and drive never fails to impress me, and TRIP really gives them the space they need to further explore their passion.”
TRIP’s 35 dancers, ages 9-18, come from all over Vermont: Albany, Elmore, Fayston, Hyde Park, Stowe, Moretown, Morrisville, Waitsfield, Waterbury, and Waterbury Center. TRIP dancers often spend their summers attending selective world-renowned ballet schools such as the School of American Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Canada’s National Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, and the Alvin Ailey School. And after high school, many girls go on to dance in college, some performing in National ballet companies or on Broadway or with traveling companies.
Tickets for the TRIP Fundraiser are available now and can be purchased through the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at WWW.SPRUCEPEAKARTS.ORG or 802-760-4634. This is the first year reserved seating is available. Tickets range from $16-$30 and may also be purchased at the door.