“We know how to help children achieve their goals”, said Teresa Emmonsthe, Dance Conservatory artistic director, originally from the Philippines.
It’s known that the performing arts have always helped a child achieve dreams through hard work, discipline and perseverance.
Dance Conservatory offers a classical ballet based program with supplementary classes in numerous other dance styles and affiliated arts including jazz, modern, tap, theatre, acrodance, voice, and more.
Repertory, performance, and company classes are designed to challenge students to apply technical aptitude and stylistic awareness to diverse choreographed pieces.
This conservatory is the official school of the Ballet Theatre of Dover (BTD) and offers its dancers invaluable performance opportunities.
“We are committed to provide classes that would fulfill each young student’s goals shether it is recreational or a career-related pathway”, added Emmons, mother of two professional dancers. One of them her assistant at the conservatory.
The school is dedicated to preparing students for a professional performance career, but most importantly is Dance Conservatory’s commitment to nurturing the young creative minds and channeling their expression through the language of dance.
On December 7 and 8 the BTD will perform a beloved tale for all ages: “The Nutcracker”.
“Many versions have been created, our Nutcracker will be an expression of freedom, as it can be seen in the costumes that we have choose more in an Austen than Victorian style”, said Emmoms, who holds a post graduate degree in Dance from The Juilliard School and has dedicated over 30 years to the BTD.
Emmons has coached dancers for international ballet competitions such as The Prix Du Lausanne and The New York International Ballet Competition. She has danced professionally with the San Diego Ballet, The State of Alabama Ballet and all over the United States.
“I have choreographed and conducted class for regional and professional dance companies including Philadanco, Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.”
Emmons established and currently directs Dover High School’s dance program. Dover High School’s annual dance residency program has earned “Best Practices in Education” and “Most Innovative Grant Awards”.
“Each year brings new and exciting events that help shape our young people’s futures in numerous ways. We start our season with the annual holiday tradition of The Nutcracker.”
A new generation of dancers continue the tradition of excellence like Naya González (11) and Ana Pavón (13), students at the BTD. Emmons shares with them and the rest of her students the magical experience of dancing. “I give them a part of myself, but to share the experience they need to be educated.”