TRIP DANCE COMPANY AT SPRUCE PEAK PERFORMING ARTS
For Immediate Release
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STOWE, VT (March 1, 2020) The TRIP Dance Company returns to the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center this spring, presenting its annual fundraiser on March 20th and 21st -- both shows are at 7 p.m.
TRIP is a non-profit competitive youth dance company associated with the Stowe& Mad River Dance Academy. TRIP offers passionate young dancers in Vermont the opportunity to master technique and performance skills in the areas of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Hip Hop. Named by its inaugural troupe of dancers twenty years ago, TRIP stands for Technique, Rehearse, Implement and Perform. Today, 36 dancers from the towns of Stowe, Waterbury, Morrisville, Elmore, Hyde Park, Albany and Waitsfield compete in leading industry conventions throughout the Northeast. During these conventions, TRIP dancers take highly challenging classes from industry professionals and compete for coveted scholarships.
“Participating in TRIP is a great opportunity for these girls - it allows our students to experience the world of dance, both technically & with performance, outside of Vermont,” says Maria Sullivan, director and teacher at Stowe & Mad River Dance Academy, as well as a choreographer for TRIP. “Our TRIP dancers are very committed —some of them dancing 7 days & endless hours per week. TRIP students are constantly working to improve, both technically, emotionally & professionally as dancers.”
The senior TRIP dancers have performed on stage with Grace Potter many times, contributing to the music festival’s annual art instillation. TRIP has also performed in local Stowe and Waitsfield events, such as Stowe Vibrancy’s ‘Weekend of Hope’ and Waitsfield’s ‘Cabin Fever Follies’, hosted at The Valley Players. Many of the TRIP dancers spend their summers attending selective dance intensives at world-renowned ballet schools such as the School of American Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet School, and the Alvin Ailey School.
“This is TRIP’s 20th year anniversary - its hard to believe,” says TRIP artistic director Helena Sullivan. “We started off as a small group of 6 and now are 36 strong. We also have a mini company with five young dancers. Our TRIP girls are so committed and hardworking. They are not only talented and beautiful dancers—through their hard work, they have learned to be responsible and organized. We are also lucky to have a committed Board of Directors for the non-profit, who work so hard to ensure these girls have the opportunity to do what they love to do” – Helena.
Don’t miss TRIP Dance Company performing its competition repertoire for the Vermont public. TRIP will be raising funds for dancer scholarships at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on March 20 and March 21 at 7:00 p.m. There will also be a raffle and silent auction of amazing prizes that have been donated by many local businesses, whose support of the non-profit help to raise scholarship funds for TRIP’s dancers.
Ticket prices start at $16.00 and can be purchased in advance directly through the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at WWW.SPRUCEPEAKARTS.ORG or 802-760-4634. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
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