YAGP 2016

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Boston was nothing short of a fantastic adventure where a huge group of PACC performers hit the stage at this years Youth American Grand Prix Dance competition.  Every performer representing PACC was wonderful and our kids felt great about their time on stage.

There are so many highlights, Please post yours below!!!!

Starting on Thursday night while some of our soloists hit the stage, PACC students rushed out of class to catch fellow dancers on the webcast.  Everyone at PACC cheered with excitement as our soloists captured the room through the big screen. These students are so supportive of one another it is absolutely terrific.  The web cast crew caught Kaya Indyk and Harrison Jarit taking  the stage. They captured our hearts, Kaya owned the stage and Harrison exploded through every jump! He was later offered a scholarship to a summer intensive at Orlando Ballet!


Another highlight was Cheddi Dillon’s solo performance on Friday night. He nailed it taking third place and was greeted shortly after by the judges and others throwing opportunities his way! Cheddi was incredibly agile on stage performing a piece called “The Scientist” by Nikole Lachioma in the contemporary category. Watch out for Cheddi as he takes the dance world by storm throughout his career!

A third highlight was the Tarantella group piece. Dancing, smiling, being in sync, and infecting the judges and audience with this piece choreographed by Andrei Kisselov, you can catch them at NYC YAGP Finals in April! Stay tuned, they have bumped up the rehearsal schedule, and are upping their game in prep to put their best foot down on the dance floor!

A fourth highlight was Olivia Lagano’s solo, also called “Tarantella” choreographed by Susan Brooker.  Olivia’s hard work and excellent technique earned her a top twelve finish in her category! We congratulate her on this terrific accomplishment and cannot wait to see her continue to grow into a superb performer!

Special thanks are in order for our performers & ensembles and to our choreographers including Nikole Lachioma, Susan Brooker, Andrei Kisselov, and Sindy Folgar. Additionally we have to thank Beth Skvorc and Cathi Lachioma, who are the organizational experts behind the scenes helping with costumes and much more.

Please share your highlights with us! There are many more!!


PACC’s Music Release!

Have a listen to our very own talented Ava Gallo, who connected with me here at PACC to record a cover of Florence & The Machine’s “Shake It Out.

We built these tracks from scratch right here in PACC’s new recording studio!  Over the course of several recording sessions we orchestrated and tracked guitars, synthesizers, drums, bass and vocals with many harmonies. Finally we mixed everything and put our production under the microscope of the recording studio.

The result is a terrific rendition of this song that we are proud to share!

Please share it with any musical friends and let them know that PACC is growing its repertoire in the arts bit by bit and we are looking for young musicians who want to expand their own capabilities through recording and performing music.


Injury Prevention @ PACC

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Dance is not only an art form, but also an extremely athletic endeavor. Dancers push their bodies to be more graceful and powerful at the same time. Their movements are specialized and their bones are protected by finely tuned ligaments and muscles which are strengthened daily through technique classes.  At PACC we recognize how important not only training is to a dancers success, but also developing knowledge about their own anatomy and how it relates to dance.

Last week PACC’s corps ballet dancers had a terrific visit with Samara DiMattia, founder of Connecticut Dance Physical Therapy. Samara taught everyone about their bodies, how specifically they relate to dance, the typical areas to watch for injuries, and how to work on those areas to prevent injury.  The students had such a fun time not only learning but evaluating each other through a specialized evaluation sheet designed for dancers.  They smiled and laughed as they tested each others flexibility, turn-out and strength.  They took yet another step together in their journey as dancers, as a family, as a brother/sisterhood, by embracing knowledge and expanding their understanding of dance and health together.

Thank you Samara for joining us!  Hope to have you join us once again soon,

-The PACC Team




Summer Programs Announced!

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Winter ended a bit early, and we are all set for another fantastic summer here at PACC! We have continued some summer favorites, and innovated some exciting new programs as well!
Please join us and become a summer performer at PACC!  Most of our programs are geared towards actual performances where kids get on stage and show friends and families their stuff. Join us at PACC and you will be one step closer to living your dreams and being on stage.

Click here to view our summer programs page

Click Here to get registered online!





YAGP around the corner!

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Just a week away, PACC performers are getting in their last rehearsals, private lessons, and practice sessions as we embark on a trip to Boston to join the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition!  The opportunity to focus on an event with the payoff of a trip to bean-town/enjoying a big city as a traveling performer is so exciting, and we get to do it as a team, as a family, and as a support system.  Recently we had the opportunity to see many of our performers test out their stage skills in PACC’s own recently updated Black Box theater, and the result was a fantastic night of hard work turned into artistic expression.  Congrats to all our performers for all their efforts leading up to YAGP! Take a breath, and rest assured that no matter what happens in Boston, you have already succeeded in putting yourself up to a terrific challenge and working it through to the very end.

Sending all the love and support of our PACC family to you for this exciting experience! You have already made us proud, now go have fun!


Guest Artist – Zoje Azeke

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This winter when PACC’s very own Filip Lacina, Hip-Hop Extraordinaire was in Paris for Fashion Week performances, he brought in a fantastic dancer and performer friend Zoje Azeke.  Zoje captured everyone bringing some styles and moves that were a fantastic compliment m Filip’s, and the students had a blast!  Zoje has a fantastic career, quite literally dancing with the stars (not the tv show) and inspired everyone to dig deep, learn more about all styles including ballet, which lead to better all around Hip-Hop dancing!

**Adult Hip Hop Ladies – The track you were dancing to is called “This is How I Feel” by Tank

Big thanks to Filip Lacina for bringing us a fantastic sub when he was performing abroad, and thank you Zoje for joining us at PACC!

Zoe’s bio and video links he sent us are below

Beyonce – Made In America

Nicki Minaj – Victoria Secret Fashion Show
Queen of the Night at the Diamond Horseshoe
The Get Down (Netflix)
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***FOR THE MOM’S ☺️☺️☺️
Ehizoje Azeke Biography: 

Ehizoje Azeke (Zoje) is an performing artist living and working in NYC. He is signed to the dance divsion of MSA New York. As a dancer he has had the privilege of working with artists including Beyonce, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Joss Stone, Lil Mama, and Carrie Underwood. He is an original cast member of the immersive production QUEEN OF THE NIGHT at the DIAMOND HORSESHOE. He recently appeared in the feature films CARRY ME HOME (Cuba Gooding Jr), and BOLDEN.  He will also be appearing in VINYL (Martin Scorsese, HBO) and THE GET DOWN (Baz Luhrmann, Netflix). He was also a featured guest on MTV’s THE FRESHMEN for 6 seasons. Other important credits/clients include: America’s Best Dance Crews, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Nike, and Elle Magazine. 

Ehizoje Azeke also works in youth development. He is creator of TEAM Z, a free dance training program for preteen girls in NYC, and co-founder of the New York Youth Movement Collaborative (NYMC), a free development program for aspiring young dancers ages 14-21.