New Heights Dance Theater, a resident dance company of Clemens Center, is proud to support the Clemens Center Spotlight Showcase along with producing two great productions each season: The Nutcracker in Motion and Spring Awakening.
Clemens Center Spotlight Showcase is their annual fundraiser. Federal/State funds to support the Clemens Center and the resident companies is becoming less each year. In an effort to keep costs down the Clemens Center created this fundraiser in 2016 and a colaboration between Clemens Center, IATSE Local 289, and the 6 resident companies (Common Time Choral Group, Elmira Little Theatre, Thursday Morning Musicales, New Heights Dance Theater, Orchestra of the Southern Finger and Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre) was formed. For one evening, all 6 resident companies come together and perform for the community. A unique opportunity for anyone to see. On Saturday, November 4, 2017 we will be celebrating Clemens Center's 40th birthday with music, dance, drama and singing for the 70's.
The Nutcracker in Motion has been billed as a fast-paced, jazzed up version of the classic holiday ballet Nutcracker. New Heights Dance Theater's twist on this production will provide you with toe tapping music, elaborate costumes, and props. Talented dancers will bring with them dance variations that will include: jazz, modern, lyrical, acro, as well as traditional elements such as classic ballet and pointe. 2017's performances will be on Saturday, December 16, at the Clemens Center at 2:00 pm & 7:00 PM.
Spring Awakening is a presentation/sampling of different ballet pieces featuring mostly ballet with a few character roles throughout. We hope to broaden the dancers and our audience's knowledge of some of these great classical ballet performances and inspire our dancers to want to learn more about each of these stories. We feel this is a great opportunity to expand the repertories and minds of our company dancers and introduce them to great classical ballet pieces that have been around for hundreds of years. (March 2018)
New Heights Dance Theater includes dancers of all ages from the Twin Tiers. They bring with them a wide variety of dance training and experiences. Each dancer is chosen for our productions through auditions open to dancers ages 6 years old and up.
2017 Nutcracker in Motion is made possible, with public funds from NYSCA's Decentralization Grant, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.