Holidays with the Houghs!
Astra Studio is honored to have been featured on the NBC holiday special "Holidays with the Houghs"! The one hour special was hosted by Emmy award-winning choreographers, brother and sister Derek and Julianne Hough. Derek and Julianne Hough have both won "Dancing with the Stars", and are judges on the hit television shows "World of Dance", and "America's Got Talent". The special featured several celebrity guests and dance performances. Over 4.6 million viewers tuned in for the show!
Astra Studio submitted a short video with several dance clips to Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath the Tree". The entire video was choreographed by Astra's top notch teachers. From this video, two clips were selected and televised as part of the Holiday Dance Wars challenge. There were less than 3 dozen clips shown out of hundreds of video submissions. One of our selected clips received the closing spot in the Holiday Dance Wars segment!
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
On Thanksgiving Day, four dancers from the Astra Studio of Dance and Performing Arts were honored to perform with the Spirit of America dance team in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The dancers who represented Astra Studio at the parade were Emma E., Jillian P., Samantha S., and Mackenzie T. The students were invited to the performance based on an audition tape that featured several segments of award-winning choreography by Brittany Wigglesworth, the artistic director.
The week-long event was focused around nearly 20 hours of rehearsals. Performers were also able to take in the Broadway show Frozen, see the Rockettes perform in their Christmas Spectacular, visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, view the city from One World Observatory, and see the Statue of Liberty from a harbor cruise.
The event culminated with the dancers performing to the Christmas song (Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag, while welcoming Santa Claus into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade was televised by NBC.
Dancers and parents agree this was a spectacular week they will never forget. We cannot wait to take more dancers on this once in a lifetime opportunity in the years to come!
Holiday Show at Estuary Center
On Friday, December 27th, students performed their third annual holiday show at the Old Saybrook Estuary Center. Audience members thoroughly enjoyed all the holiday themed routines and students had a blast performing!
Old Saybrook Torch Light Parade
On Saturday, December 14th, several students marched in Old Saybrook's annual Torch Light Parade. This was the fourth year that Astra Students participated in this event. After marching, students went back to the studio for our annual holiday party which included games, snacks, and a holiday movie!
Students Attend NADAA Workshop
On Sunday, November 9th, several Astra students attended the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts' workshop in Springfield, MA. Students took classes with industry professionals in ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. Elleyana B., Emma E., and Jillian P. all received nominations for a scholarship merit award.
Community Day Performance
Astra students had a blast performing on the Old Saybrook town green for Community Day! Students of all ages danced an upbeat jazz routine to "Hot Wings". The dance was very well received after less then an hour of rehearsal. Students and event attendees also enjoyed giant twister sponsored by Astra Studio.
Our students always love performing for the community and are very excited for their next town event!
Top Honors at Starbound National Competition
The week of June 23rd to 27th, Astra dance companies attended Starbound National Talent Competition National Finals at Foxwoods Resort. The team earned several Elite and High Gold awards.
The tap company's routine, "Mario Kart" walked away with the only entertainment award. They were chosen from nearly 700 routines for this honor. This routine also took home the cotume award for all 12 and under routines. The acrobatics company placed tenth overall in junior groups for their performance of "Full Moon".
Elleyana B. was crowned Little Miss Star of Hope and Emma G. was a runner up for Junior Miss Star of Hope. All proceeds from this title competition were donated directly to the Dancer's Care Foundation. Both girls danced their hearts out for family members effected by cancer.
Elleyana B. received third overall in the petite division for her solo, while Jillian P. placed ninth overall for her first time competing as a senior soloist.
Soloist Emma G. and Vivi H performed in the opening number for the showcase. This routine was choreographed by Broadway veteran and Dance Moms guest choreographer, Rachelle Rak. Both girls earned this opportunity with their exceptional solo placements at Starbound Regionals in Danbury.