DANCE DEPARTMENT

Patel Conservatory offers performing opportunities that enable students to improve technically and artistically. All dance performances incorporate professional choreography, coaching, sets and costumes in theaters at the Straz Center--one of the finest performing arts centers in the nation.
 

Next Generation Ballet's Nutcracker

THU-SAT • DEC 21-23
Wind the clock, mind the mouse, and get ready for the Tampa Bay area’s stand-out production of Clara’s great dream in The Land of the Sweets. Next Generation Ballet’s delightful, inventive Nutcracker has become the crown jewel of a glittering holiday performance season, featuring internationally-renowned ballet dancers from companies like American Ballet Theatre onstage with NGB’s award-winning young dancers. This family-friendly favorite transports audiences to a fantastical place where magic fills the theater, toys come to life and visions of Sugar Plum Fairies dance in your head.
 

On the Edge

SAT • MAR 31 • 7PM
Featuring the award-winning dancers of the Patel Conservatory Popular Dance Program alongside artists from Next Generation Ballet, On the Edge offers something from the contemporary dance world for everyone. Directed by former Radio City Rockette Dance Captain Kelly King, On The Edge showcases a variety of works fusing high-energy precision with the fluidity of contemporary dance, the percussion of tap and more.
 

Breakin’ Out

SAT • APR 28 • 4PM
The spring recital features students in Preparatory tap, Level 1A jazz and tap, Level 1B jazz, Young Children’s Tap Gr. K, Young Children’s Tap Gr. 1-2, Young Children’s Tap Gr. 3-5, Intermediate Just for Kicks and Hip-Hop Gr. 3-5.
 

Spring Into Dance

SAT • APR 28 • 12PM
The spring recital features students enrolled in Beginning Dance 2, Beginning Dance 3 and Primary. It is an opportunity for the students to have their first experiences on a professional stage. Parents will see what their children have learned during the year in ballet. A number of advanced NGB/PCYB students are incorporated into the performance so the younger students and parents can see the progression of the school.
 

Evening of Dance

FRI • MAY 11 • 6:30PM and 8:30PM
The performance features students in ballet, tap, jazz and Flamenco dance from the Open Dance Program.
 

Next Generation Ballet's Cinderella

SAT - SUN • MAY 5-6
Prokofiev’s jubilant music sweeps this magical ballet along at a brisk, joyous pace as we meet all our favorite characters – the terrible stepsisters, the fairy godmother, the handsome prince, and, of course, what would Cinderella be without mice and a pumpkin? The award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet delight audiences with Cinderella’s race-to-midnight as her fate hangs in the balance by one very powerful glass slipper.
 

Beginning Dance 1 Recital

SAT • MAY 12 • 10:00AM and 11:30AM
The Beginning Dance 1 recitals takes place in the TECO Theater and begin with a class demonstration to show skills learned throughout the year. It concludes with a recital dance, led by the instructor, which will prepare them for a formal recital at the end of the Beginning Dance 2 class. 
 

Other Performing Opportunities

New Artist and Trainee dancers also perform with Opera Tampa.
 
Certain classes hold open classrooms for family and friends to view the students progress in a classrooms setting.

Please see the PCYB student handbook or level information sheets for more detailed information about performing, the purchase of costumes and recital fees.
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