TURNING POINTE DANCE STUDIO EVENTS
THE SEA CAPTAIN'S NUTCRACKER
ANNUAL SPRING SHOWCASE
The Sea Captain's Nutcracker Production is held every other year at the Cape Cod Community College Tilden Arts Center.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s original Nutcracker score, this classical ballet production takes on an enchanting Cape Cod twist that was originally conceived and choreographed by world-class dancers Catherine Batcheller and Joseph Cipolla.
This production is an innovative version of the classic holiday favorite. The cast consists of professional dancers from major ballet companies as well as prominent local citizens and ballet students from several towns on Cape Cod.
The story, written by local authors Anne LeClaire and Donna Smith, begins in a Chatham Sea Captain’s home in the mid 1800’s. A heroic battle scene later takes place on the captain’s ship as it is attacked by mooncussers off the coast of Eastham and a swift, violent storm off Monomoy Point threatens the voyage. Having sailed the high seas, the salty old Sea Captain returns home to Chatham bearing exotic gifts for Clara. Adults and children alike will be charmed by the Waltz of the Sea Grass and thrilled by the Dance of the Icy Winds. In addition to the Sea Captain (who replaces the traditional Drosselmeyer character), the cast includes sailors and mooncussers, mermaids and pearls, jellyfish and starfish, mice and sandpipers, and, of course, the beloved Clara and Fritz.
In May all of our dance students have the chance to grace the stage with our Annual Spring Performance! Students begin learning their class choreography and routines during their class time beginning in January.
Each child performs in at least one of the 4 performances. This gives each child the opportunity to showcase all their hard work throughout the school year.
Turning Pointe Dance Studio presents Turning Pointe En Dehors, a community dance project where guest dancers will provide short pop up performances at several outdoor community venues and nature spots throughout Falmouth and beyond. Performances will include creative and eclectic pieces by distinguished choreographers as well as remarkable local talent. The goal of this project is to provide free live entertainment to help liven our spirits during what has been a trying year. Live performance is vital to the pulse of our community and we are pleased to offer such in a safe manner
Turning Pointe Dance Studio loves opportunities to get out into our community to perform, support local organizations and charities, and participate in outreach! Performances opportunities and events include venues such as Arts Alive Falmouth, The Cape Cod Dance Expo, The Falmouth Arts Center for the Falmouth Cultural Council's Award Gala, Tabor Academy, The Falmouth Rotary Club, Highfield Hall, Dancing For A Cure, local preschools and libraries and The Holiday Stroll on Main Street.
Introducing the Outdoor Stage!
Turning Pointe is proud to announce the construction of our beautiful outdoor dance space! This amazing space enables us to dance outdoors during our lovely Cape Cod summer, fall, and spring! The space will be utilized as much as possible during these challenging COVID-19 times. We are so grateful for everyone that has been part of this amazing project!
Alumni Update Isabelle Ramage
Isabelle is currently dancing in the trainee program at Ballet Idaho getting to work with amazing faculty and choreographers while being integrated into the company atmosphere and is teaching pre-professional students in the Ballet Idaho Academy.
Congratulations Isabelle! We love following your progress and achievements in the professional dance world!
Congratulations to our student Monica Welchman!
Congratulations to our student Monica Welchman as she embarks on a new journey! Monica was accepted into the Professional Training Division at Ballet West Academy in Utah and we couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments, hard work, and dedication! Her dream has been to dance at Ballet West and we have ALL worked hard to help her get there! It's never easy saying good-bye to your students but watching them soar and succeed is beyond rewarding for us.
2020 Outstanding School Awarded by YAGP
Falmouth dance studio wins Outstanding School award at prestigious international ballet competition
[Falmouth, MA – March 10, 2020] From Thursday March 5 through Sunday March 8, 12 Turning Pointe Dance Studio dancers participated in Youth America Grand Prix, the world's largest non-profit international student ballet competition. Each student performed a classical ballet variation (chosen from a list of traditional classical repertoire by world-renowned choreographers) and a contemporary solo (newly choreographed by Turning Pointe Dance Studio faculty and guest choreographers), as well as ensembles and pas de deuxs. In addition to competing, the students had the opportunity to participate in master classes taught by world-renowned choreographers, directors, and leading faculty at the world's foremost companies and schools.
The Turning Pointe Dance Studio participating dancers were:
Airlie Santos (age 13, of Falmouth) Madeline Sabens (age 14, of Falmouth) Lillian Palmer (age 15, of Falmouth) Mia Hanflig (age 15, of Falmouth) Skyler Falcone (age 15, of Falmouth) Breanna Cole (age 15, of Sandwich) Charlotte Bridges (age 15, of Falmouth) Lindsay McKeon (age 16, of Falmouth) Darien Santos (age 16, of Falmouth) Annalisa Fratantoni (age 17, of Falmouth) Eloise Mills (age 17, of Falmouth) Monica Welchman (age 17, of Yarmouth)
Turning Pointe Dance Studio received the Outstanding School award, which is a significant and impressive honor, not only because of the prestigious reputation this competition holds, but because they were chosen for this award out of the 86 other participating schools from around the United States and from other countries around the world including Russian, Japan, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
Other awards Turning Pointe Dance Studio received were: 1st Place Small Ensemble: Monica Welchman and Darien Santos (Le Corsaire, pas de deux) 2nd Place Small Ensemble: Mia Hanflig and Darien Santos (In Search of Eden, contemporary duet) 3rd Place Large Ensemble: Annalisa Fratantoni, Monica Welchman, Mia Hanflig, Darien Santos, Airlie Santos, Breanna Cole 1st Place Senior Contemporary: Monica Welchman 3rd Place Senior Classical: Monica Welchman Top 12 Senior Contemporary: Annalisa Fratantoni Top 12 Senior Classical: Lindsay McKeon Top 12 Junior Contemporary: Madeline Sabens Top 24 Senior Classical: Mia Hanflig Top 24 Senior Classical: Breanna Cole
From Mia Hanflig (TPDS Pre-Professional Program student, age 15, of Falmouth): “I am so thankful for the spectacular weekend I had at Youth America Grand Prix. I loved performing my solos, a trio, a duet, and a group piece. I had a great time with all of my friends at Turning Pointe Dance Studio, but I also enjoyed connecting with people from other studios. Although competitive, the shared experience of being together for a common goal is so exciting and uplifting! Along with performing, I also was able to take classes from brilliant and insightful teachers. I am so honored to have placed 2nd for the duet and 3rd for the group piece. I was also recognized in the top 24 classical senior solos. I am so happy for Turning Pointe Dance Studio for being acknowledged as an Outstanding School. It’s a privilege to be a part of this school.”
From Monica Welchman (TPDS Pre-Professional Program student, age 17, of Yarmouth) “I had no expectations of placing in such a prestigious competition, so when I heard my name called for 1st place, I was stunned. It feels amazing to know all of my hard work finally paid off in the end.
Congratulations to Our Graduates!
Brenna Donahue will be attending Clark University with a major in Psychology, with a long term goal to become either a school adjustment counselor or a therapist. She is planning on continuing dance at Clark and is looking forward to the opportunities available in her future!
Angelina Dvorak has danced at Turning Pointe since she was four years old, and is excited to attend the University of Vermont in the fall, to study psychological sciences. Angelina plans to nurture her love of dance in college and beyond.
Isabelle Edgar will joining the professional dance training program with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Then will be heading to Stanford University class of ‘24. Isabelle has been dancing at Turning Pointe since she was 4 years old! She also led the Collaborative Choreography class this year.
Isabelle Ramage first came to Turning Pointe at the age of 11. Upon her graduation from Sturgis Charter Public School Isabelle will join American Midwest Ballet as a trainee for their 2019/2020 season.
Isabelle Edgar and Isabelle Ramage are both going to dance professionally this year!
2019 Summer's Dance Intensives Making Their Mark!
Several of our dancers headed off to prestigious summer dance intensives around the country! We had dancers attending The Rock School of Dance Education, Festival Ballet Providence, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Alonzo King’s Lines, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, American Academy of Ballet, Ballet Austin, SLK Ballet in NYC, Ballet West, Kansas City Ballet School, and The Male Dancer Conference in NYC!
Forty one Turning Pointe dancers and teachers traveled to Los Angeles, California in April 2019 to represent Massachusetts at Dance Excellence, an international dance festival!
Our students took classes with children from all over the world with the best teachers in the industry. It was a most inspiring week!
Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts to make this trip possible.
The Official Connecticut Classic Ballet Scholarship Competition and the Youth America Grand Prix Competition!
Eleven Turning Pointe dancers participated in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition and the Connecticut Classic ballet competition! Many dance peers supported our competing dancers and were very proud of their accomplishments and hard work! Congratulations to them all for their awarded scholarships and top placings!
Cape Cod Magazine's Best of Cape Cod Award For the Second Year Running!
Turning Pointe Dance Studio is proud to announce that we have been awarded Cape Cod Magazine's Best of Cape Cod Award for Dance/Ballet Studio. This is the second year running for the studio to win the award and we are beyond pleased.
As many of you know, these awards are based on the readers' picks and we are so thankful that we have been recognized by our fellow Cape Codders as a place to dance, live, and learn. Dance, Cape Cod!