During the spring of our 54th season, the SCDC hosted their annual Fundraiser/Auction at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury and in June, we applauded 5 seniors solo performances at the Annual Company Gala. In July, SCDC member, Christian Gray was awarded the Lila Frances scholarship by the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston
NHAPA launches a new style of class offerings with shorter-term program sessions. NHAPA also volunteers to teach basic hip-hop to area youth and invite to perform along with SCDC-”Just for Kicks”
The SCDC Performs at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL!
Also in 2009, ten seniors graduated from NHAPA and we had our first Company Gala.
Wendy Calio who plays “Nina” from the Disney Playhouse series Imagination Movers visited NHAPA as a guest artist. We enjoyed her short stay with us and hope to see her in the future.
NHAPA was proud to celebrate 50 years of Education in Dance by inviting our extensive alumni community back to perform at our Annual Show. It was wonderful to mark this achievement with the students we have educated over the years.
NHAPA prepares to kick off their 50th anniversary year. NHAPA has grown from a small, local dance studio into a true center for performing arts. Having trained thousands of dancers, NHAPA prides itself on maintaining the quality of dance education while providing a personal, family environment where all are welcomed.
In the Spring, the old studio is razed and construction begins. Sixteen weeks later, NHAPA celebrates the opening of their new facility.
After operating two locations for several years, plans are made to build a brand new facility at the Seabrook location, bringing the NHAPA family back to one location. The new facility is designed with dance in mind: Sprung hardwood & Marley floors, spacious, airy studios and state of the art sound and video systems.
The SCDC & NHAPA celebrate the new millenium by appearing in Miami at the FEDEX Orange Bowl Halftime Show.
The SCDC along with other NHAPA students appear at Portsmouth Harbor to celebrate the Piscataqua Maritime Commissions tall ship visit. NHAPA prepares to open a satellite studio at Centennial Hall in North Hampton.
The SCDC attends the Dance Educators of America national competition in Las Vegas where Mrs. Patent is awarded the prestigious President’s Cup for overall high score and outstanding choreography.
Encouraged by the overwhelming response to their 1996 production of “A Tribute to RiverDance” the SCDC performs for a full house at the Portsmouth Music Hall along with guest artists, Gergory Filler and Steve Schuch.
The SCDC is invited to perform at the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta.
The Seacoast Civic Dance Company performs regularly at a multitude of community events and venues including Market Square Day, Yankee Homecoming at area schools and nursing homes. In 1989, the SCDC attends their first dance competition.
NHAPA celebrates its 20th anniversary. Robyne graduates from Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts.
A monumental year as a new property on Rte 1 in Seabrook is purchased. Built in 1802, the barn is remodeled into a beautiful studio complete with hardwood flooring, new sound system, waiting and reception area. The new space is double the size of the Winnacunnet Road studio and can now easily accomodate the growing number of classes and students. In the fall, an open house welcomes students and parents to the new home of the New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts.
With both of her daughters involved in dance and with the encouragement of Mr. Patent and the community, Mrs. Patent establishes the non-profit Seacoast Civic Dance Company in an effort to provide performance opportunities for her students and bring the art of dance into the community.
As artistic director of the studio, Mrs. Patent is engaged by both the Hampton Recreation Department and Winnacunnet High School where she establishes a dance program for the tow and choreographs the annual high school musical. Volunteering her time, energy and students, she works with the music department for over 15 years.
The curriculum grows as does the student body. The studio now offers classes to students age 3-18 and even has a small adult program. All ballet classes have an accompanist. In September, the Patents welcome daughter Kim.
Mr. and Mrs. Patent purchase a home on Winnacunnet Road in Hampton and renovate space above the double garage into a large and airy studio. In September, the studio opens in its new home and is officially named “Marie Patent’s Dance Studio.”
Marie and four of her students, including Marie’s cousin Denise Dupuis, leave to perform at the World’s Far in Montreal.
As word of the classes spreads and enrollment increases, the program is also offered in North Hampton, NH. Marie’s daughter, Robyne, is born in November.
Marie Patent announces the start of dance classes to be held in Amesbury, Massachusetts at the Grange Hall.