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D'Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre Receives 2008 Best of Fairfield Award
WASHINGTON D.C., July 30, 2008 -- D'Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre has been selected for the 2008 Best of Fairfield Award in the Dance Classes and Music Lessons categories by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA). U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community.
The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These local companies enhance the positive image of small business through their service to their customers and community.
Since 1987 over 9000 students have benefited from D’Valda & Sirico’s award winning programs, quality instruction and personalized customer service. “Obviously, we are very honored to receive this award” says Artistic Director, Steve Sirico, “It is a tribute to our dedicated faculty and our students’ hard work. For 22 seasons our goal has been to provide quality performing arts training in a fun and stimulating atmosphere where students can gain self confidence and develop a love of the arts." D'Valda & Sirico offers a variety of dance styles for all ages and levels. The Centre’s music department offers private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, drums and many popular instruments. Private one-on-one instruction allows students to progress at their own pace and gain the best understanding of musical techniques.
”We are very happy to have our work recognized. It shows we are doing it well and just a little bit differently,” explains Music Department Director, Julie Hallama. One of those things that make the Centre different is the multitude of performance opportunities it provides. In addition to music concerts, showcases and community performances, the Dance and Music Centre’s song & dance performance group attends regional and national competitions! Recently they won “Overall Best Studio” at the Access Broadway Competition held in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Auditions=2 0for the performance group will be held on Sunday, August 24th during D’Valda & Sirico’s All Day Dance and Music Party! For more information about the event and Dance and Music Centre programs, visit their website, dsdance.com.
Dance and Music Centre Director Teaches in Costa Rica
Artistic Director, Steve Sirico recently returned from San Jose, Costa Rica where he taught master classes in jazz and lyrical jazz at the Interdanz Conference. Approximately 1000 students and teachers from South and Central America, Mexico and Cuba attended the 3 day event. He had the honor of joining an outstanding faculty that included Raymond Lukens, American Ballet Theater, Dana Moore, star of several Broadway shows and Fosse expert and Hip Hop guru Chris Judd. Classes were taught for six hours a day for students ages nine through seventeen and a special workshop for teachers. “It was wonderful to teach everyone, they were so eager and enthusiastic.” said Sirico. “This was the second time that I have taught at the conference and the progress of the students over the past five years has been impressive.” he added. Aside from teaching classes he also was an adjudicator for the international dance competition that was held at the prestigious Melico Salazar Theater. “The competition was very enjoyable.” All of the dances were very well choreographed and entertaining.” Best choreography was won by Eileen Rameriez owner and director of Danz Studio. Steve was invited to teach and choreograph at Danz Studio, the largest and most exclusive private dance school in San Jose. “It was a real treat to teach these students.” “They were so passionate about dance and extremely appreciative.” “It was great to stay on for another week to teach and enjoy this beautiful country.”
National Speakers Association Taps Dance and Music Centre Talent
Steve Sirico and Angela D’Valda Sirico recently choreographed the opening number for
the National Speakers Association Summer Conference at the Marriott Marquee on Broadway.
They were contacted by Eric Chester the conferences committee head of entertainment after
the recommendation of Mikki Williams, Steve’s former teacher who owned “A Dance Class”
in Westport before becoming an internationally renowned speaker herself. “It was great to
get a recommendation from Mikki, who gave us a big build up!” “After Eric saw our video
choreography reel we received a contract within a week.” Steve added.
This year’s theme
was N.S.A. Rocks! “They wanted to have a compilation of music through the decades.”
Said Angela. The performance in front of more than 2000 people kicked off the whole
four day conference which attracted the top speakers from around the world. “We were
very excited to create this piece exclusively for the N.S.A.” “We had a lot of great
music at our disposal, so the sky was the limit as far as creativity went.” Steve added.
The production included different styles of dance; Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Partner
Work as well as live rock guitar with the help and talent of faculty member, Ian McHugh.
“We were able to bring in some amazing dancers: our past company members all
working professionally now, so the creative process was a lot of fun” Angela said.
“Really, we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome,” explains Steve, “a five minute
standing ovation and eight curtain calls from a very appreciative audience!”
D’Valda & Sirico Dance & Music Centre Wins
“Best Studio Award” Third Year In A Row!
The D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre of Fairfield has won, for an unprecedented third year in a row, “Best Studio” at the Access Broadway Performing Arts Competition. The three day event was held in King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania and featured hundreds of performers from the top studios of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The top honor of the weekend (Best Studio) is awarded to the studio that acquires the most first place winners. The D’Valda and Sirico group won sixteen of the out of thirty one given. This prestigious award has not been won by the same school for three straight years until now. The owner and Director of Access Broadway Competition is Ron DeVito who is a veteran of many Broadway shows including “Starlight Express” and “Cats” is impressed with the work he has seen by the school. “D’Valda and Sirico is a first class organization.” Their work year in and out is consistently terrific,” offered DeVito.
For twenty one years D’Valda and Sirico have been training aspiring performers in Fairfield County. The dancers and singers that appeared in the competition were from Fairfield, Westport, Norwalk, Weston, Stratford and Bridgeport. The dancers competed in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Afro Jazz. Singers performed everything from contemporary to Broadway. Director, Angela D’Valda Sirico is very pleased with the students' success. “We were thrilled and honored to win best studio again.” “The students and staff have worked so hard and it is very rewarding for them to receive this accolade.” Adds Director, Steve Sirico “these students have a real passion for what they are doing.” “We also have a lot of fun along the way while learning and growing at the same time.”
Dancers and Singers age 7 and up interested in joining the Competition Performance Groups are invited to audition on Thursday June 19th. To find out more details or reserve your spot please call the studio at 203-255-9440.
James Whiteside, former D'Valda & Sirico dancer promoted to Soloist by Boston Ballet!
James began his training at age nine at the D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre, under the direction of Angela D’Valda and Steve Sirico. At age 12, he originated the role of Edwin Booth in Kirk Peterson’s American Nutcracker with Hartford Ballet. After performing nationally and internationally with the D’Valda & Sirico Youth Dance Company, James received a full scholarship to the Virginia School of the Arts which he attended for one year before joining Boston Ballet. He participated in Boston Ballet School’s Summer Dance Program in 2002, and received an invitation to join Boston Ballet II for the 2002-2003 season. In 2003, James became the youngest dancer to be promoted to the corps de ballet and to Second Soloist in 2006. In the summer of 2007, Whiteside traveled to Germany and Poland performing with former colleague Mateo Klemmayer’s company “M and Company”. There he performed Viktor Plotnikov’s Tension and Beauty and What Would You Make of It?. Whiteside’s repertory includes the world premieres of Jorma Elo’s Plan to B, Carmen, and Brake the Eyes, Helen Picket’s Etesian, Val Caniparoli’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Lucinda Child’s Ten Part Suite, and Mark Morris’ Up and Down. He has also been seen in Balanchine’s Ballo Della Regina, The Four Temperaments (2nd Theme, Sanguinic Man), Serenade (Elegy Man), La Valse, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker (Cavalier, Snow King), and Swan Lake (Pas De Cinq), Pepita’s The Sleeping Beauty (Puss ‘n Boots), and Raymonda Act III, Jirí Kylián’s Serabande, Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio), James Kudelka’s Cinderella (Officer), and Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena. James recently appeared in the Disney movie, The Game Plan.