2012 Annual Performance/Dr Coppelius Ballet
June 9, 2012 — REVIEWS

 

"'AMAZING' WAS THE BUZZ WORD FOR THE
2012 ANNUAL PERFORMANCE/DR COPPELIUS BALLET"

Swanilda and Dr Coppelius: Taylor Bergstraesser and Dan SasSwanilda and Dr Coppelius: Taylor Bergstraesser and Dan SasAmazing! In one word, we would have to say, "Amazing!!" This was our daughter's first year at SAS, and we were amazed at the level of professionalism. The choreography was remarkable, notably the dances choreographed by Jen Spagnolo, Dan Sas and Brittany Lopez. With a simple, but professional backdrop, the first act began by featuring all of the dance groups in an extremely creative and eye-catching way. (Again, kudos to Jen Spagnolo's choreography!) The rest of the first act was a recital with different groups demonstrating the skills acquired through the year. But, the progress our daughter made this year, as well as the beauty and grace of the other dancers, was quite impressive. MazurkaMazurka Most impressive, however, was the fact that we felt we were completely transported at the beginning of the second act with the performance of an abridged version of Ballet Coppelia, called Dr. Coppelius Ballet. It was absolutely beautiful! From the set, to the dancers' attention to detail, we felt as if we were attending the NYC Ballet! This was not just dancers performing a ballet, this was the full art of ballet. Mr. Dan Sas's choreography, individual performance and interpretation was stunning! (Not to mention the breath-taking solo performances done by students who we absolutely could not believe were only Middle School students!) Together, Dan helped his dancers communicate a story, and it was...simply...amazing! Lisa Bollacke

Bluebird: Jenna RaccaBluebird: Jenna Racca Congratulations on another wonderful performance! Dr. Coppelius was filled with such beauty and artistry. Our little town of New Fairfield is truly blessed because you share your creative gifts with us. You are both truly talented and I appreciate all the sweat and the effort that goes into putting on a performance such as this! Thank you too, once again for the opportunity to photograph for SAS School of Dance. Sherryl Hauck

The show was wonderful and everyone did a great job! Our daughter, Maggie, was so excited to perform in her first recital and we were pleasantly surprised at how well she did. It was evident to us how hard everyone worked to make the show a success. From the first company number, to all the solos and group dances, right on through to the performance of Dr. Coppelius, we were captivated and impressed by how professional the show was: The dancers, the costumes, the set and the props. Even with a couple of sound and lighting issues, everyone remained professional and the show went on as if nothing had happened. Bravo to Mr. & Mrs. Sas, the instructors and all the dancers for a job well done! Barbara Davis

Amazing! Everyone did an outstanding job. Even my 12 year old son was so impressed, he stayed to see the entire show. He was grumbling (as a 12 year old boy would) about having to watch dancing for 2 1/2 hours but after the 1st act, he was drawn in. I'm sure it takes an amazing effort by everyone to put on such a successful show. Kudos to the SAS dance company. Yong Ciardi

Dance of the Hours: Angela Cupo, Jenni Zackeo, Juliana Viglucci, Isabella Nunziata, Kate CaseyDance of the Hours: Angela Cupo, Jenni Zackeo, Juliana Viglucci, Isabella Nunziata, Kate Casey

Shake It Up: Caroline Gautrau, Emily Grimaldi, Grace O’Connell, Angelina Ciardi, Emani Henry, Mia Kalmanson, Mia DanielsShake It Up: Caroline Gautrau, Emily Grimaldi, Grace O’Connell, Angelina Ciardi, Emani Henry, Mia Kalmanson, Mia Daniels

Esmeralda: Taylor BergstraesserEsmeralda: Taylor Bergstraesser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participation in SAS School of Dance performances is not mandatory. All students who commit to being in a performance must attend a rigorous rehearsal schedule in addition to their regular dance class schedule. This is a huge commitment on both the students and their parents. Students learn hard work, dedication, professionalism and the technical aspects required to be in a ballet.Throughout this process, bonding happens between the girls, no matter what their ages, and a family quality develops throughout the rehearsals and the shows. This performance will be aired on Charter channel 17 and U-verse channel 99 this Fall. SAS is enrolling for Summer and Fall classes. For online class schedule, please visit: www.sasschoolofdance.com/class-schedule. Call, click, or visit for more information.

Solstice Soul Photography   www.solsticesoul.com

Videography by Gene Bobel, KLab Productions, Inc.   www.KLabProductions.com

 




 

WINTER FANTASY BALLET 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012 — REVIEWS

 

SnowflakesSnowflakesSAS School of Dance’s production of Winter Fantasy Ballet delighted and enchanted its audience from beginning to end! Dan Sas, a former principal ballet dancer and owner of the dance school, used his extraordinary choreography to highlight the dancers’ exquisite abilities and strengths in this show based upon The Nutcracker. From start to finish, Clara’s journey through the Land of Sweets revealed truly remarkable dancing and gorgeous costuming. From the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Snowflakes, to the Russian, Arabian, and Chinese dancers, the audience was pulled into a fantasyland, and just like Clara, treated to a show beyond compare. Bravo! Karen Ali

Clara: Taylor BergstraesserClara: Taylor BergstraesserDance of the Toy Flutes: Kate Casey, Nicholas Havasi, Alexa VillegaDance of the Toy Flutes: Kate Casey, Nicholas Havasi, Alexa Villega 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowflakes and Little SnowflakesSnowflakes and Little SnowflakesI brought my three and four year old daughters to see their first ballet on Saturday night, SAS School of Dance's Winter Fantasy Ballet, and what a wonderful introduction to the ballet it was! They were mesmerized from start to finish, and so was I! It was a professional, well-put-together show. Beautiful choreography, exquisite costuming, and fantastic dancing from all aged dancers provided a thoroughly entertaining evening at the ballet. Bravo to all involved! We're looking forward to their June production! Irene Kelley

Snowflakes: Shannon McColgan, Madison CisewskiSnowflakes: Shannon McColgan, Madison CisewskiSpanish Dance: Angela Cupo, Jenni Zackeo, Kerri McColgan, Isabella Nunziata, Juliana ViglucciSpanish Dance: Angela Cupo, Jenni Zackeo, Kerri McColgan, Isabella Nunziata, Juliana Viglucci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bluebird: Taylor BergstraesserBluebird: Taylor BergstraesserI enjoyed the Winter Fantasy Ballet very much! The dancers all were precise and beautifully poised in their parts. I loved the costumes, and all the theatrical expression in each scene. The Russian/Romanian flare made it unique and captivating. I especially enjoyed the variation from Ballet Esmeralda. Wow, that took focus and talent! Nicely done. Congratulations to all! Hope Biasetti

Arabian Dance: Rianna Punturiero, Stephanie Santoro, Madison Cisewski, Gabrielle Giacona, Fiona BrocknerArabian Dance: Rianna Punturiero, Stephanie Santoro, Madison Cisewski, Gabrielle Giacona, Fiona Brockner Tea, Chinese Dance: Isabella Nunziata, Adriana Duffy, Juliana ViglucciTea, Chinese Dance: Isabella Nunziata, Adriana Duffy, Juliana Viglucci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother Ginger: Julia SasMother Ginger: Julia Sas Paquita: Alexa IadarolaPaquita: Alexa Iadarola Russian Dance: Nicola KelfkensRussian Dance: Nicola Kelfkens

 

 

 

Photography by Sherryl Hauck
Solstice Soul Photography
www.solsticesoul.com

 

Videography by Gene Bobel
KLab Productions, Inc.
www.KLabProductions.com

 

 

 

 




 

2011 Annual Performance/BALLET SATRA, A Gypsy Story
June 18 & 19, 2011 — REVIEWS 

 

"SAS SCHOOL OF DANCE AMAZED THEIR AUDIENCE!

Dan Sas and Nicola KelfkensDan Sas and Nicola KelfkensSAS School of Dance in New Fairfield has amazed their audience again! The school's annual performance was brilliantly presented on June 18th and 19th, 2011, at New Fairfield High School. The first 40 minutes of the show was a fun mix of Ballet, Hip hop, Tap and Jazz dances. The choreography was smooth and entertaining. The dancers were both enthusiastic and skilled. The second half of the show was an original ballet created by the school's owner and ballet master, Dan Sas. SATRA is a beautiful story about gypsy tribes. The audience was transported to a different time and place. All of our senses were enthralled! The stage came alive with color and movement. The dancers performed at a professional level, convincing us all of their storytelling abilities by expressing overwhelming joy, tragic sadness, and a willingness to enjoy life together as gypsies. We lost ourselves in the story, often smiling and clapping along with the characters portrayed in the ballet. The audience gave this stunning performance a standing ovation! Congratulations to you all! — Cheryl Duffy 

Esmeralda: Taylor BergstraesserEsmeralda: Taylor BergstraesserTwo Gypsies: Alexa Iadarola and Shannon McColganTwo Gypsies: Alexa Iadarola and Shannon McColganFar beyond the typical recital, SAS School of Dance brings a true theatrical production to the local stage. Dan’s passion for excellence is enthusiastically reflected in the spirit of all his dancers, no matter what their age or level of training. Not only did we see a showcase of the student’s hard work this year, but we were also treated to the thrilling original production of SATRA, A Gypsy Story in which the dancers were able to combine their skills of dance and storytelling, which is the true art form of ballet. — Chris McCartney

Tap: Illiana Bey-Wagner, Cassandra Bournos, Zoe McCartney, Brooke Jones, Margaret HeyenTap: Illiana Bey-Wagner, Cassandra Bournos, Zoe McCartney, Brooke Jones, Margaret HeyenJazz: Claire Burfeind, Rebecca Riter, Isabella Nunziata, Stephanie SantoroJazz: Claire Burfeind, Rebecca Riter, Isabella Nunziata, Stephanie SantoroParticipation in SAS School of Dance performances is not mandatory. All students who commit to being in a performance must attend a rigorous rehearsal schedule in addition to their regular dance class schedule. This is a huge commitment on both the students and their parents. Students learn hard work, dedication, professionalism and the technical aspects required to be in a ballet. Throughout this process, bonding happens between the girls, no matter what their ages, and a family quality develops throughout the rehearsals and the shows. This performance will be aired on Charter channel 17 this Spring. SAS is enrolling for 2012 Summer and Fall classes. Online class schedules: www.sasschoolofdance.com/class-schedule. Call, click, or visit for more information. 

 

Photography by Sherryl Hauck • Solstice Soul Photography • www.solsticesoul.com

Videography by Gene Bobel • KLab Productions, Inc. www.KLabProductions.com

 




 

WINTER FANTASY BALLET 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011 — REVIEWS

 

"DAN SAS HAS DONE IT AGAIN!"

Clara: Alexa IadarolaClara: Alexa IadarolaRussian Dance: Callie Mathers, Brittany Lopez, Kerri McColgan, Gabrielle Giacona, Michaela MagrinoRussian Dance: Callie Mathers, Brittany Lopez, Kerri McColgan, Gabrielle Giacona, Michaela MagrinoDan Sas illuminates his great talents once again with a brand new choreographed ballet, "Winter Fantasy." It was truly delightful to watch his students perform with character and love for the art of ballet.All their hard work and preparation during these past few months has paid off resulting in a smooth and professional performance. The girl’s inspiring techniques included arabesques, piques, grand jetes, and much more. The story told throughout the ballet was well rehearsed, clear to all viewers and made our hearts swell with awe as we watched the graceful movements on stage. Entrances and exits of the performers were elaborate and classic; something rare and admired. Without a doubt, "Winter Fantasy" is another example of Dan Sas' excellent ability to impress and entertain. — Regina and Michael Iadarola

 

"DEAR DAN AND MARIA"

Bluebird: Taylor BergstraesserBluebird: Taylor BergstraesserThank you so much for allowing us to experience “Winter Fantasy” with you. We could not be more proud of Grace and we are thrilled that she participated in such a wonderful performance. The show was a wonderful escape from reality, and all of our guests commented on how beautiful the show was and how talented all the dancers were. FinaleFinaleIt is truly a testament to your hard work and dedication that these young ladies, right down to the littlest ones, were so prepared and so poised on stage. I cannot express in words how excited and elated Grace was in the days leading up to, during, and after the show. You only needed to see her face to know how happy she truly was. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your love of ballet with her. It is heartwarming to see her flitting around the house, with her pointed toes and “ballet arms”, as she calls them, every time she walks down the hallway. Again, thank you for such a great experience, both during the show and the months leading up to it. It has been a pleasure to be part of SAS School of Dance, and we look forward to the spring show. I know it will be great! — Stephanie Kersting

 

"NEW FAIRFIELD MEETS MANHATTAN"

“New Fairfield meets Manhattan.” This is the gist of some Arabian Dance: Madison CisewskiArabian Dance: Madison Cisewskicomments I overheard following the spectacular performance given Saturday, January 29th by SAS School of Dance. Only in his second year, it is truly remarkable to behold the quality of dance that Dan Sas has developed in his students. The ‘Winter Fantasy” production was a wonderful achievement because it brought forth a level of artistry and entertainment that one might travel elsewhere to see. Mother Ginger and Her ChildrenMother Ginger and Her ChildrenThe NFHS stage was aglow and dreamily lit for the SAS dancers to twirl, dance on pointe, reach for the stars, smile beautifully, and to truly be in the moment of performing. Lucky for the audience members, in the marshmallow-icicle dream world of this New Fairfield hamlet—a ‘fantasy of winter’, to see dreamy costumes on pretty ballerinas, set before an enchanting winterscape backdrop, as the Nutcracker music of Tchaikovsky filled the auditorium. Lucky for the dancers, too, who were able to partake in a performance that had the look and feel of a professional dance troupe, due, in large part, to their own hard work and dedication. The students’ efforts paid off, and they were rewarded by an enthusiastic and captivated crowd. Flower WaltzFlower WaltzTea, Chinese Dance: Isabella Nunziata, Adriana Duffy, Julianna ViglucciTea, Chinese Dance: Isabella Nunziata, Adriana Duffy, Julianna ViglucciAs the ballerinas struck incredible poses and nailed their choreography, the excitement was contagious. The audience was brought to an uproarious applause and a standing ovation, which was comprised, of course, by many a parent bursting with pride. It’s a good sign when even my ten-year-old son was completely entertained and lamented the end of the production. It’s like they say in show biz, “always leave them wanting more.” After Saturday’s performance, and many a ‘bravo!’ called, yes, we want more!!! — Danielle Bournos

 

"FOOD FOR THOUGHT..."

Flower Waltz: Shannon McColganFlower Waltz: Shannon McColganWhat of our New Fairfield hamlet? Practically in the footprint of where many great performances were held, where great artistry had once taken shape at the Candlewood Playhouse, is the present location of SAS School of Dance. Being around Dan and Maria Sas, and seeing the quality of instruction and management, one gets the sense that the vision is big. Can a new economy thus be forming before our very eyes as SAS School of Dance makes a name for itself? Could New Fairfield become a destination for ballet? Will aspiring dancers travel to attend this school? Will our town abide such an opportunity and vision, should it come to pass? Historically speaking, great artistry was commissioned and supported by an appreciative populous, among other influences. Can our town share in a vision and make it conducive for a man of great talent, and a great woman running the show along with him, to carry it forward to its full potential, and thus stand to gain somehow? I think we need to think big right along with SAS and share in the vision and dream. We need to be supportive of the arts, and more importantly, we need to support our youth in aspiring to a level of greatness in dance. Danielle Bournos

 

Chocolate, Spanish DanceChocolate, Spanish Dance

Taylor BergstraesserTaylor Bergstraesser

La Fille Mal Garde: Kerri McColganLa Fille Mal Garde: Kerri McColgan

CodaCoda

Sugar Plum Fairy: Taylor BergstraesserSugar Plum Fairy: Taylor Bergstraesser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography by Sherryl Hauck • Solstice Soul Photography • www.solsticesoul.com

Videography by Gene Bobel • KLab Productions, Inc. www.KLabProductions.com

 




 

FIRST ANNUAL PERFORMANCE
Saturday, May 22, 2010 — REVIEWS

 

The Date: Caitlyn Pederson, Nicola KelfkensThe Date: Caitlyn Pederson, Nicola KelfkensSAS School of Dance debuted their First Annual Performance on Saturday evening, May 22, 2010, at the New Fairfield High School auditorium, and what a debut it was! Instructed by professional, Dan Sas, the dancers—ranging from five to sixteen years old —all displayed talent, poise, grace, and an obvious love of dance. From the tiniest (and most adorable) tutus of pre-ballet, to the breathtaking talent of Taylor Bergstraesser, it was clear this school of dance is far beyond your usual troupe. The evening began with an artful interpretation of a ballet school, designed to showcase the students’ technical abilities. With pointed toes, straight backs, and locked frames, the young ladies took the audience on a tour of demi-pliés, rond de jambes, and sissonne fermées, among other impressive exercises. Following intermission, the dancers charmed the crowd with their solos, duets, and group performances accompanied by the symphonies of Ludwig Minkus and Peter Tchaikovsky, as well as the toe-tapping beats of Miley Cyrus. Perhaps the most telling sign of the evening’s success was the audiences’ reaction. In addition to the genuinely enthusiastic applause, person after person remarked on the talent, choreography, and overall enjoyment of the recital. Congratulations to all the dancers, as well as Dan and Maria Sas, for a great year and an unbelievable end of the year performance! Christy Wilson

 

 

Excercise in Centre: Taylor BergstraesserExcercise in Centre: Taylor BergstraesserSAS School of Dance had its First Annual Ballet Recital at New Fairfield High School on Saturday, May 22, 2010. The professional training provided by Mr. Dan Sas, with his lovely wife Maria at his side, was evident in this very excited and talented troop of young ballet dancers. From the novice, to the extremely talented teenagers, the dancers’ enthusiasm poured onto the stage with each performance. I glowed as I watched two of my four beautiful young daughters dance enjoyably, without trepidation. The quality of performance in the older, more experienced girls was of a true “jaw-dropping” caliber. Having the opportunity to witness your child as she evolves in the midst of a ballet recital can be an overwhelmingly rewarding experience. Little girls quickly grow into young ladies. During this time of social confusion, electronic media preoccupation, and economic uncertainty, ballet classes seem to provide a great distraction, and an area of focus and discipline for young minds. Neil Perlman, M.D.

 

 

Folklore Dance: Cassandra Bournos, Ariana Perlman, Audrey Finlay, Juliana Viglucci, Jacqueline Malanga, Riley Romans, Sophie Mitchell, Emily Mitchell, Alison HodgeFolklore Dance: Cassandra Bournos, Ariana Perlman, Audrey Finlay, Juliana Viglucci, Jacqueline Malanga, Riley Romans, Sophie Mitchell, Emily Mitchell, Alison HodgeJust wanted to tell you what rave reviews I got and how well everyone thought the show went. Personally, I thought it was fantastic. Everyone was focused and did their very best (even the little ones!) You should be very proud of how all your hard work and dedication paid off. I hope you had a good turnout and that word spreads about the wonderful performance. I know I won’t stop talking about it! Thanks again for all you have done. Lisa Bergstraesser

What a wonderful first show you had. We have heard such positive feedback about the performances. I think the show was a HUGE success. Peggy Clark

Great job on the show. It was really well done! Jed Wilson

Great, Great recital...Everyone was AWESOME. Marie Tedaldi

The show was beautiful! We are so excited about getting a classical education from you guys...its so enjoyable!!! Ohh, I can hardly wait (to see what Dan has in store for the future)! He is so talented and artistic. I already see how on it he is with ability, character, charisma and skill.
Liz Magrino