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DanceFest Master Classes Inspire and Challenge

13th Annual Palace Theater event for young dancers

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Stamford, CT | Added on January 11, 2015 At 05:27 PM

Daniel Ulbricht's Ballet Master Class was just one of six classes students were able to experience during the 13th Annual DanceFest at the Palace Theatre.

"What so amazing is the kids who come every year have the same excitement as the kid coming for the first time," said Carol Bryan, Director & Producer of DanceFest 2015.

Nick Meyer of Ridgefield, CT attended the festival for the third time this year. "I like the idea of improving and learning different steps. You can never really stop improving in dance."

Over 300 students from 20 dance schools in Westchester and Fairfield County took over the Palace for a weekend meant to inspire and challenge them.

Contemporary dancer Kristin Sudeikis teaches one of the master classes. "It's just a wonderful opportunity for dancers to be able to take a class on stage. It can be nerve-wracking for some of them at first because there may be a lot of people watching them in the audience but it's the best way to just learn and move and take class and learn a new combo."

"It gives me some more confidence because if I know the people I am dancing with, I would want to impress them but since I don't know a lot of the people on stage, I'm not scared to mess up," said Olivia Brown of Katonah,NY who attended the festival for the second time.

Ruby Potash from Katonah also attended the festival for the second time. "Here you are exposed to new people and new styles," she said. "Every studio has different ways of doing different things and just to experience that is really cool and helps you, at least it's helped me a lot."

Organizers hope the dance weekends continues to inspire students to step out of their comfort zone.

"A parents said to me today, 'my daughter only does ballet and yesterday she took modern and she said, mom I love that. I want to do modern now," and that is what I want to hear," said Bryan.

The festival culminates with the Student Festival Performance of original choreography at The Palace Theatre on Sunday, January 18th at 6 p.m. For more information and tickets visit www.palacestamford.org.


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