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And ‘They’ Will Come Back Home

Watch as PSPA dancers say goodbye to their fellow dancing friends as they head off to college in the Fall. With the help of his fellow graduating seniors, Jarred Madeiros choreographed this emotionally charged finale number which debuted last weekend at Pembroke School of Performing Arts annual show. Joined on stage by some alumni, PSPA dancers pay homage to the fact that PSPA will always be a “home” that they can come back to (even after graduating). Congratulations to graduating seniors: Sarah Holland (Syracuse University), Jarred Madeiros (Roger Williams University), Katey O’Neil (Dean College) Abi Twigg (Wheaton College)

Kidz Bop Workshop

Pembroke School of Performing Arts students ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to participate in Kidz Bop Workshop in Mansfield, MA.

This 4.5 hour performance workshop is a great opportunity for dancers age 6-12 who are interested in gaining some of the skills necessary to work commercially in the dance/music video industry. Taught by official Kidz Bop choreographers & vocal coaches, participants will learn choreography from the live show and their latest music videos, basic vocal techniques, performance and auditioning skills and gain practice dancing for a camera.

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PSPA Awarded Spirit Award

PSPA Dancers attended Take Center Stage Dance Competition this past weekend (Feb 9-10) in Providence RI. Not only did they have a successful weekend, but the studio was also presented with the coveted “Spirit Award” at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. This award says so much more than a trophy can ever say. The Spirit Award is a great testament to the character of our dancers and parents. Thank you to being supportive of your fellow dancers and for representing our studio on and off the stage.

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Give the Gift of Dance!

Gift Certificates can be purchased at the front desk! Get yours today!

Handspring & Aerial Workshop

Handspring & Aerial Workshop

January 21, 2019

Ages 8 -18

Price: $25

with Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor, Alyssa Marucci

Handspring and Aerial Workshop is with Alyssa Marucci. Ms. Alyssa is an Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor and National Award Winning Acro Choreographer. This class is open to all area students ages 8 and up who have mastered all their cartwheel options and can execute a back walk over.

 

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A Nutcracker Tea

Save the Date Dance Fans!

December 2, 2018

1:00-3:00 PM

Ages 4 – 10

Price $20

Put on your fancy dress and enjoy a delightful reading of ETA Hoffmanns’ 1816 Nutcracker. Your dancer will be able to meet various character and have photos taken with them! There will be tasty treats to eat too! This is perfect for those who are not ready to sit through a Nutcracker Ballet or to prepare for the upcoming holiday performances!

And we can’t forget our parents!

All parents who register their child for the event before midnight on November 22nd will be entered to win a pair of tickets to Comedy Night at the Pembroke Knights of Columbus on November 29th. We have 4 tickets to give away – so TWO names will be drawn on Black Friday, November 23rd. Winners can pick their tickets up at the studio.

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PSPA Not So Scary Halloween Party

National Honors Dance Society

PSPA can now professionally recognize our outstanding students for their artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement, creating parity with other academic disciplines who sponsor honor societies.

What is NHSDA?

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization. It is one of the most exciting benefits that NDEO offers its Institutional Members. The Secondary Program (grades 9-12) was implemented in 2005. The Collegiate Program was implemented in 2012, and a Junior Program (grades 6-8) was separated out from the Secondary Program and officially launched in 2016. To date, there are over 1,000 chapters in the US and over 10,000 students have been inducted in the past two years.

Student Benefits

  1. Distinguish yourself on a college application
  2. Recognition of your artistic merit, academic achievement, and leadership throughout your educational experience (Junior High – Collegiate)
  3. You will receive certificates at each level of induction
  4. You have the opportunity to wear the gold Honor Pin and blue and white Honor Cords at your High School graduation!
  5. Opportunities for mentorship from PSPA and networking with peers
  6. Leadership and development opportunities within PSPA’s NHSDA Chapter, opportunities to assist the Chapter Sponsor with Chapter administration, record keeping, fundraising, and event planning
  7. Opportunity for a NHSDA award for up to $1000

How can I apply?

  1. Contact the front desk to let us know you are applying!
  2. Then go online to https://www.nhsda-ndeo.org/
  3. Click on the Find Your Chapter button to search for Pembroke School of Performing Arts
  4. Enter Pembroke School of Performing Arts in the Chapter Name field. Then choose your school from the list of results.
  5. PSPA has both a Junior and Secondary chapter. Make sure to apply to the correct one. Click on the Apply button for the appropriate chapter type.
  6. Fill out the application form. Remember to check the spelling and capitalization of your name, as that is how it will appear on your certificate.

NHSDA Induction Information

Induction is open to students in grades 6 – 12.

  • Junior: Grades 6 – 8
  • Secondary: Grades 9 – 12

We will host an annual induction ceremony for all dancers who meet the necessary points in the Spring of each school year.

Induction is based on an accumulation of points:

  • Dancers in grades 9-12 (secondary) must achieve 30 points to be eligible for induction, 20 must be earned through participation in chapter site program activities
  • Dancers in grades 6-8 (junior) must achieve 15 points to be eligible for induction, 10 must be earned through participation in chapter site program activities

How do I earn points?

We will provide a “point” sheet with additional information but here is a snapshot:

Completion of hours at a PSPA dance program 1 point per 45 hours
Performance in chapter site dance production (including rehearsal time) 1-3 points per production
Participation in chapter site dance festival or workshop .5 points per day
Taking a leadership role within NHSDA chapter 2-3 points per role
Acting as a class assistant 1-3 points per event

 

How do I track points?

Students should track their points and provide the Chapter Sponsor with a record of points earned through the worksheet provided to you. If you need a copy of this worksheet, please contact the front desk.

For points earned outside of chapter activities, verification of points earned should be provided to the Chapter Sponsor through playbills, registration forms, or photos.

 

 

PSPA Dancers Get Ready For Their Story-telling Debut

Pembroke School of Performing Arts dancers will be performing at 6 local elementary schools this November as they tell the story of Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig. 

Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig, is a children’s picture book by David Ira Rottenburg that tells the story of two best friends (pig best friends that is) who have really big dreams. Omar wishes he could be a football player, while Gwendolyn wants nothing more than to be a ballerina.

Using movement and dance, our students will be assisting the author David as he reads his story to the elementary students.

We are always so thankful when given the opportunity to give back to our own community  and we truly can’t wait for you to hear this wonderful story!

Check out the website to learn more about the program: http://www.gwendolynthegracefulpig.com/