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FDT’s Company Dancers Raise the Barre
August 23, 2017 by Kelly Misch | No Comments

Fairmount Dance Theatre Company — re-established in February 2016 — is a performance ensemble that comprises Fairmount Center for the Arts’ more advanced dance theater students who have auditioned to become company dancers.

The company, which rehearses weekly, performs at FCA’s own shows and travels locally to perform at various venues within the community. The dancers are under the direction of Fairmount Dance Theater instructor Kate Webb.

Among FDTC’s projects this year were performances at area nursing homes, including Mapleview Country Villa in Chardon, where dancers showcased an energetic jazz piece for the residents July 11.

“The girls gave an amazing performance that you can see they worked so hard on,” said Alecia Thornton, activity director at Mapleview. “It was slightly surprising to see the incredible amount of focus and dedication from such young performers. Days to follow the performance, the residents, family members and staff in attendance asked numerous times if the group would be returning. I am positive that I can say that this was absolutely the residents’ favorite event ever since I came to Mapleview Country Villa.”

The dance company’s 2016-2017 season has been filled with other unique opportunities as well.

The ensemble has served as the opening act for all four shows within Verb’s Ballet UpClose series in Shaker Heights. Additionally, FDTC was one of only 12 student dance groups accepted into DANCECleveland’s American Dance Festival student showcase, a performance that took place at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre on July 29.

And most recently, FDTC took the stage at the Old Barn Pavilion at the Cuyahoga County Fair in Berea Aug. 8.

“When you rehearse for a recital, you rehearse for months and months and months and know exactly what’s happening,” said Webb. “But when you’re rehearsing with a company, sometimes you have to learn a new part in one or two rehearsals. You have to be confident and make educated decisions. That’s where the company dancers get tested and the FDTC students do a great job. I’m so proud of them.”

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