RSO in full British regalia

Gerald Steichen capped off his fourth season as music director of Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra last Saturday, combining music, dance, and three dimensional art (glasses not included). The unifying theme of the event was music from the British Isles, but much of the excitement was generated by a local collaboration of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. [...]

2017-04-07T16:25:00-04:00April 17th, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra

More than just a concert, last Saturday evening’s final Ridgefield Symphony program this season at the Anne S. Richardson Auditorium also served both as an opportunity for four outstanding members of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra to perform with the RSO and as a showcase for a group of dancers from the Ridgefield Conservatory of [...]

2018-07-13T09:26:26-04:00April 16th, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

Creativity conference will offer international experts

Creativity Conference organizers include, from left: James Robey, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance; Tracy Moore, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; Lesley Lambton, Ridgefield Library; Carolina Fernandez, Ridgefield Arts Council; Laurie McGavin Bachmann, Ridgefield Library; Carolyn Storrier, The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, Newtown; and Steve Dahlberg, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination. —Alison Greeley photo A two-day [...]

2015-12-30T13:56:55-04:00March 28th, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

Back To Basics Jazz: James Robey’s syllabus builds dancers from the ground up

“You need a stable, grounded lower body,” says James Robey to his attentive students in an advanced jazz class, “and an expressive, mobile upper body.” Robey wrote his own syllabus to fill the hole in jazz dance education, which lacked a codified system along the lines of Vaganova or RAD. (Photo by Sherryl Hauck) Robey, [...]

2018-07-13T09:26:26-04:00December 1st, 2011|In the News|0 Comments

Ballet and New Music Mix, Meet and Mingle

The word “enterprising” always applies to New Chamber Ballet. On Saturday night at Studio 4 in New York City Center, in addition to its usual accomplishments of presenting new and recent choreography with live music, it offered a program set entirely to music written in the last 30 years. Let nobody underrate this. Of the [...]

2018-07-13T09:26:27-04:00June 27th, 2011|In the News|0 Comments

Scotland Students Dance Through The Decades

“Are you ready to dance?” was the shout out at Scotland Elementary School a few weeks ago when 400 students were taken on a journey of American musical theatre dance styles through the decades by James Robey, artistic director of the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. Robey and his dance students performed excerpts from musicals such [...]

2015-12-30T13:52:06-04:00April 19th, 2011|In the News|0 Comments

Bare Bones, Fleshed Out With Music

Why hasn’t Miro Magloire been offered more opportunities in the ballet world? Companies, after all, are always looking for new talent, and Mr. Magloire creates clean, contemporary work that also has an old-fashioned respect for ballet steps and etiquette. Blog But somehow Mr. Magloire, who presents his New Chamber Ballet a handful of times a [...]

2018-07-13T09:26:27-04:00February 7th, 2011|In the News|0 Comments

A Jazz Curriculum Is Born

When James Robey began teaching jazz at the University of Akron (Ohio) in 1996, the job came with a unique challenge--create a technique syllabus. he quickly realized that while ballet and modern techniques were codified and well honed, jazz technique was a different story. So he went to work on a jazz syllabus that would [...]

2018-07-13T09:26:27-04:00January 1st, 2011|In the News|0 Comments

The Nutcracker will be staged three times this weekend

Some tickets remain for the magical family event The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition at The Ridgefield Playhouse, in three performances: Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance features a cast of professional and student dancers. “It’s hard to find a better quality [...]

2015-12-30T13:47:50-04:00December 15th, 2010|In the News|0 Comments

Books: Curriculum Companions

Jazz Dance 1: Technique & Syllabus by James Robey www.robeyjazzdance.com In a nutshell: Complete curriculum for beginning jazz class. James Robey, director of the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, organized this 36-week syllabus to help students ages 7 and older grasp traditional jazz-dance steps. Each of the six master lessons includes instructional exercise cards with movement [...]

2015-12-30T13:46:33-04:00November 1st, 2010|In the News|0 Comments