In performance a dancers’ creativity, sense of teamwork and collaborative spirit merge to create a memorable artistic experience.
Dance is a universal language that transcends communication barriers to touch audiences of diverse backgrounds. The Steffi Nossen School of Dance emphasizes the art, joy and discipline of dance. Our faculty and choreographers nurture the technical and artistic development of each student, helping them to reach their potential and flourish in an ensemble setting. Dancers are exposed to a complete performing experience that includes participation in all aspects of bringing a new piece to life, from the creation of choreography to costuming and staging.
SNSD offers performing ensembles in a variety of dance styles and ability levels. Auditions are required for the school’s Master Class program and pre-professional Steffi Nossen Dance Company and are by teacher recommendation only. All other performing groups are open to any student meeting the ensemble’s criteria for age and experience.
BENEFIT AND COMMUNITY CONCERTS: A tradition since the founding of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, the Community Concerts and Benefit performances are the culmination of the Master Classes and include our Dance Theater Group and two selections from the Steffi Nossen Dance Company. Guest artists and other groups are occasionally included. The Benefit concludes with the presentation of the famed Steffi necklace to the current Company President by the past Company President, the announcement of the silent auction and raffle winners and an audience, dancer and Alumni reception. The event serves as one of the larger fundraisers for the Foundation’s scholarship program. For more information about our Community Concerts, click here.
CHILDREN’S SHOWS: Our Annual Children’s Shows are the culmination of a year of learning and creativity in our age-based dance classes. The original choreography for the dances is based on each year’s fun, educational theme. Original music is composed and played live for the Core Modern and Ballet I, II and III class dances. The following classes and performing groups participate in the show: Modern I, II, III; Modern-Jazz, Jazz; Ballet I, II, III; Tap I, II, III; Hip-Hop I, II, III; Jazz Ensemble; Junior Master Class and the Steffi Nossen Dance Company.
FALL CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE: The Annual Choreography Showcase features new work from notable professional choreographers from across the region. The Steffi Nossen Dance Company and the Fall Choreography showcase Ensemble also perform. As part of our audience development programs we hold a Q & A after the show with all the dancers and choreographers.
CHOREOGRAPHY SHOWCASE ENSEMBLE: For the first time, we are allowing our dancers outside of the Steffi Nossen Dance Company to perform in our fall Choreography Showcase. Work with one of a roster of exciting new choreographers in an original dance to gain more performing experience. The performance is on November 22, 2014 at the Dance Theater Lab at Purchase College. Rehearsals begin in September 2014 and are held on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm. Open to 7th to 12th graders currently enrolled in at least two classes at Steffi Nossen and approved by school director Kathy Fitzgerald.
DANCE THEATER GROUP: Work with one of a roster of exciting new choreographers in a difference dance. An opportunity to perform in our Community and Benefit Concerts. Experience the professional big stage at the Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase. Rehearsals begin in January 2015 and are held on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30PM. Open to 7th to 12th graders currently enrolled in at least two classes at Steffi Nossen. No audition required.
HIP HOP ENSEMBLE: Open to 2nd to 12th graders currently enrolled in Hip Hop, Hip Hop Ensemble rehearses in the spring semester during the regular Friday Hip Hop classes. Hip Hop Ensemble performs in the Children’s Shows on May 31, 2015. Performance fee required. No audition necessary.
IMPROVISATION/COMPOSITION: Learn the complete choreographic process while expanding your own movement vocabulary. Master Class faculty member Annie Doss will lead dancers through composition studies to create their own movement and shape the phrases into choreography. The choreography process includes music selection, casting, movement development, rehearsal process, and production preparation. Midway through the course a panel will choose the most promising work that may be performed in the Choreography Showcase on November 22, 2014 at the Dance Theater Lab at SUNY Purchase. All pieces will be shared at the Holiday Party on December 21. Open to 8th – 12th graders and up currently enrolled in at least two classes at Steffi Nossen and four years of dance training.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE: The Jazz Ensemble is open to students in 6th-12th grade who are currently enrolled in any Core class or Technique class at Steffi Nossen. Rehearsals begin after our Annual Benefit performances in April and are held on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30PM. Jazz Ensemble performs in the Children’s Shows on May 31, 2015. No audition required.
THE MASTER CLASS PROGRAM: The Master Class program offers our most committed and talented students the unique opportunity to work and perform with dancers from communities throughout Westchester in an artistic, professional atmosphere. Our most advanced technical study/choreographic course, Master Class students are immersed in the entire creative process and are taught by a professional choreographer/teachers. Professional costume and lighting designers round out the performance experience. Students enjoy the special opportunity to perform at our Community and Benefit Concerts held at the Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase in March. Open to students in 4th-12th grade by teacher recommendation and audition.
STEFFI NOSSEN DANCE COMPANY: The Steffi Nossen Dance Company is the school’s premiere ensemble for pre-professional dancers. Company members are selected from our most technically advanced and talented dancers in the Master Class program through ongoing review and audition. Each year, two new works are commissioned and created for the Company by professional choreographers. Dancers rehearse extensively with them and perform throughout the metropolitan area over the course of the year, often sharing the stage with professional dancers. The Company will be featured in the November Choreography Showcase, the March Community and Benefit Concerts and the May Children’s Shows. In addition they appear in lecture demonstrations and community outreach programs throughout Westchester. Past choreographers and guest teachers have included Norman Walker, Mark Morris, Patrick Corbin and Sidra Bell, Adam Barruch, Gierre Godley, Tiffany Rea Fisher, and Annmaria Mazzini.
TAP ENSEMBLE: Available to students in 6th -12th grade currently enrolled in Tap classes at Steffi Nossen. Tap Ensemble rehearses in the spring semester during Tap III (4:45-5:45pm). Tap Ensemble participants performs in the Children’s Shows on May 31, 2015. Performance fee required. No audition necessary.