1. Fifty years of Nutmeg Ballet in a nutshell

    “I think it’s important that we help people realize the community outreach of the organization and the impact of having Nutmeg here in the community,” Denise Limoli said. “It’s important for this town to understand and appreciate what this organization has done and what the organization has meant to the town, as well as the place in the profession that this organization has earned over the years.”

    by Jack Sheedy Nutmeg Nuggets for the Register Citizen TORRINGTON — How do you find and organize 50 years of history and present it in a museum-quality exhibit in less than six months? When it’s the history of the Nutmeg Ballet, and when the archivists have long been associated with the Nutmeg and have researched…

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  2. Young dancers can be a part of Torrington history

    There will be open house registration sessions August 19 and 26 and Sept. 5, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Come meet the teachers of Torrington School of Ballet and get a tour of the building. Plus, receive 15 percent off of all your dance wear needs when you register at an open house.

    Jack Sheedy Nutmeg Nuggets for the Register Citizen TORRINGTON – Does your young child love to dance? Maybe he or she can be part of Torrington history this year. Registration is in full swing now for all ages (about 4-12) and all levels of dance students at Torrington School of Ballet, for classes beginning in…

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  3. Torrington Elks lodge serves Nutmeg dancers

    Three times a day in the summertime, between 80 and 90 summer students from Nutmeg’s pre-professional training programs walk from the Conservatory to the Elks Lodge, about two-tenths of a mile. After Labor Day, resident students in the regular programs will enjoy lunch and dinner at the Elks, Monday through Friday.

    Nutmeg Nuggets by Jack Sheedy for the Register Citizen TORRINGTON — Maybe you’ve seen them — dozens of young people walking across the bridge in downtown Torrington three times a day. Who are these kids and where are they going? They are students at Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory. And, if they are walking south across the…

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  4. Dress a snowflake, put a mask on a mouse

    “We are looking to the future,” said founder Sharon E. Dante. “The ‘NEW Nutcracker 2019’ brings in fresh new and breathtaking scenery, lighting and special stage effects that could not have been realized back in 1996. This new production will carry Victoria’s artistic vision into the ’20s and ’30s and maybe even up to the 75th-year celebration of Nutmeg. And, by the way, I fully intend to be here cheering the current and future staff and students on.”

    Jack Sheedy For the Register Citizen TORRINGTON – Have you ever wanted to dress a snowflake? Seriously, you can. Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” features a “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” when dancers in white represent snowflakes. When the Nutmeg Ballet presents that annual performance this coming Christmas season, they will dress the stage with a new set…

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  5. ‘Dance Jubilee’ set for Warner’s main stage

    “Our evening is a wonderful mix of classical ballet and modern dance,” Mazzarelli said. “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Charlie Patterson and JINQS again. Having live music really takes the performance to another level.”

    By JACK SHEEDY for The Register Citizen TORRINGTON – “Dance, ballerina, dance!” That is what dozens of ballerinas and danseurs will be doing May 16, 17 and 18 on the main stage of the Warner Theatre, as they present Nutmeg’s Dance Jubilee. But, unlike the Carl Sigman/Bob Russell song made famous by Vaughn Monroe, the…

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  6. Nutmeg prepares for golden jubilee events

    Jack Sheedy For the Register Citizen Nutmeg Nuggets: Nutmeg prepares for golden jubilee events TORRINGTON – A wise friend once told Sharon Dante, “Do you want to just choreograph ‘The Nutcracker’ or do you want to choreograph the Nutmeg Ballet?” It was shortly after she founded Nutmeg Ballet almost 50 years ago. It got Dante,…

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  7. Nutmeg Nuggets: Spring Studio Series

    “We managed to have a combination of classical and modern pieces, because when students go to a ballet company, they have to be very versatile,” Victoria said. “This year’s Spring Studio Series promises to be very exciting.”

    Tickets can be purchased online at www.warnertheatre.org or by calling the Warner Theatre at 860-489-7180.

    By Jack Sheedy for the Register Citizen TORRINGTON — Spring is in the air — and it’s in the dance steps of the talented students at Nutmeg Ballet and Torrington School of Ballet. The Spring Studio Series of dance and music performances begins March 20, the first day of spring. Formerly called Impact, the new…

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  8. Spring into dance with Nutmeg’s Studio Series

    “It’s great to have Denise here in residence,” said Victoria. “She is a great help with staging, and her work with our students complements everything we are doing. Kate St. Amand will be back as a choreographer in the second act, as well as Kirk Peterson.” Kate will choreograph “Ad Astra Per Aspera,” with music by Christopher Berg. Kirk will choreograph “La Source,” with music by Leo Delibes and Ludwig Minkus; and “Laurencia,” to music by Alexander Krein.

    In addition, ballet master Tim Melady will stage “Solar Flares” (music by Brent Lewis) and “Hornets” (music by Eastern Dub Tactik), popular creations of MOMIX, choreographed by its founder Moses Pendleton.

    Victoria will also choreograph Gabriel Fauré’s meditative piece “After a Dream,” as well as a reprise of last year’s popular “Jazz with Charlie,” live music of Thelonius Monk as arranged by Charlie Patterson and performed by the local quintet JINQS.

    by Jack Sheedy Litchfield County Times TORRINGTON — Spring is in the air — and it’s in the dance steps of the talented students at Nutmeg Ballet and Torrington School of Ballet. The Spring Studio Series of dance and music performances begins March 20, the first day of spring. Formerly called Impact, the new name…

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  9. Acclaimed dance, music duo join Nutmeg for its 50th year

    For Sharon, having Denise and Michael back with Nutmeg on a more permanent basis is the realization of yet another of her many goals. “We are feeling good that we are here at this time of our lives,” she said. “We are the senior group now, as I step back, and Vicky is center stage. We are a little upstage left or right or something, just watching over. We are just there to be the guardian angels.”

    “As it should be,” Denise and Michael said, almost in unison.

    “As it should be,” Sharon said.

    by Jack Sheedy TORRINGTON — Quick quiz: What do Russian dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova and American ballerina Gelsey Kirkland all have in common with Torrington? Answer: They have all worked with Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory’s newest faculty members Michael Limoli and Denise Warner Limoli. “In the course of my career…

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  10. Nutmeg Nuggets: Students give special performances for local students

    For the Register Citizen By Jack Sheedy TORRINGTON – Nearly 1,500 Torrington school children were treated to Nutmeg Ballet’s kid-friendly version of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 14 at the Warner Theatre, thanks to a Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation grant provided by the Carlton D. Fyler and Jenny R. Fyler Fund. Torrington residents Carlton D….

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