CREATIVE DANCE (ages 3-4 limit of 10 per class) Creative Dance classes are specifically designed to be a magical, first-time introduction to dance. Here, young children learn beginning ballet steps and develop locomotor and active listening skills. Singing, improvisation, stories and creative movement activities are presented to turn the discipline of learning ballet technique into a whole lot of fun!
STORYBOOK DANCE CAMP (ages 5-8 limit of 12 per session) Storybook Dance Camp is specifically designed to introduce young dancers to different dance techniques in an imaginative and magical setting. Each session will incorporate a Ballet, Tap, Tumbling, Classical Jazz, or Modern Dance class depending on the story of the day. The use of children’s stories, arts and crafts projects, creative movement and Kindermusik activities provide a framework for this unique fun-filled afternoon!
Attire: All dancers should arrive wearing a leotard/bodysuit, or fitted t-shirt, leggings or shorts. Ankle socks are required. Ballet and/or tap shoes are optional.
Additional info: All sessions will be taught by Ms. Fay Smolen with Devin Kucsera as her assistant. For all children attending IPP, lunch and recess will take place from 12:00-12:45 on the playground at the Fishers Island School (in case of rain, lunch and recess will be held in the gym). Children will be escorted to and from the Community Center by Ms. Smolen and Miss Kuscera. Parents are asked to pack a lunch, snack and water-bottle.
Creative Dance Class: 9:15-10:15 am, Thursdays, August 6th, 13th and 20th
Storybook Dance Camp: After IPP Morning Program, Thursdays, August 6th, 13th and 20th
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Fishers Island welcomes Fay Smolen, joining the Fishers Island School faculty in 2015-2016
Fay Smolen, is a former professional ballet dancer, and a certified Kindermusik educator since 2003. A native of Chester, C Fay received her early dance training at the Hartford School of Ballet and Alyce Carella Dance Centre in West Hartford, CT. Early music lessons included the piano and violin at the Hartt School’s Community Division. Fay’s professional career began at age fifteen as an apprentice with the Hartford Ballet. She later joined the Connecticut Ballet Company as a soloist and was featured in various ballets including “Coppelia” and “The Nutcracker,” along with original contemporary and classical works from emerging, innovative choreographers. Summer seasons found Fay as both performer and Dance Captain with Theatre-in-the-Park, where she appeared in Carousel, Cabaret, Mame and Music Man.
For nearly two decades, Fay called New York her home where she embraced a career as a free-lance performing artist. Her love of diversity led to numerous roles in many different genres: such as portraying The Angel in Opera Camerata’s production of Hansel and Gretel, to dancing the Tango in La Grande Josephine (a revue based on the life of Josphine Baker). Fay also frequently appeared as a guest artist with companies in New York, Philadelphia, and Wahington, DC.
While studying at American Ballet Theatre during Baryshnikov’s tenure as artistic director, Fay was chosen to dance with ABT’s corps de ballet in a ‘Live from Lincoln Center’ broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Later that season, she returned to the Met, appearing in Sleeping Beauty with the Royal Ballet from London, and in Romeo and Juliet with Italy’s La Scala Ballet.
Throughout her career, Fay has enjoyed teaching and sharing her passion for the arts in a variety of ways. A former faculty member at three premiere dance studios, she has taught classical ballet, pointe, alignment technique, tap, jazz and creative dance to children ages 2-17. Fay also coordinated a special event held at the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium promoting a children’s book by Deb Adamson. Along with becoming a certified Kindermusik educator in 2003, Fay was simultaneously pursuing a degree in Children’s Dance Education. She currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Children’s Dance and Music from UCONN’s School of Family Studies.