“Staying Power: A Balanchine Dancer’s Story of Survival” Features Mr. Steven Caras

Steven Caras Event Photos

Friend of The Dancer’s Alchemy, Mr. Steven Caras, will be a featured lecturer at Florida Atlantic University- Lifelong Learning Society (Jupiter) in “Staying Power: A Balanchine Dancer’s Story of Survival” this January. Filmmakers Witek & Novak featured Mr. Caras in an hour-long Emmy-winner documentary, “Steven Caras: See Them Dance” which gave the Public Television audiences nationwide a poignant glimpse of his Renaissance man career from his early days as a dancer and later privileged photographer with the New York City Ballet. This presentation picks up where the film left off, as Mr. Caras shares professional and personal milestones and setbacks via compelling, uncensored tales as a dancer during the true golden era of dance in America under the leadership of George Balanchine.

This event will be held Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 11:15am. Call 561-799-8547 for more information and download the event flyer here.  If you are appreciative of fine arts, you will thoroughly enjoy this!

Local Premiere of “Brown Ballerina”

Check out “Brown Ballerina”, a short film staring Maryann Payne, which will premier locally on Friday, September 30th at Crest Theatre at Old School Square in Delray! This event will open with a live performance by composer and guitarist Billy Rogan before the film viewing and to close Maryann will hold a question and answer session and offer a live performance! It will be a joyous event!

Things to do: See short film starring local ballerina in Delray Beach

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Dancer’s Edge Company

Thank you to all who joined our auditions for the Dancer’s Edge Company this weekend! We would like to congratulate the dancers who have been selected to join us for this season.

Senior Co.: Taylor Alou, Kristina Cordero, Larissa Gabriel, Savannah Kern, Jaden Murphy, and *Leah Stricker.

Apprentice Co: Ashley Cledanord, Nyla George, *Tori Gilbert, Libby Jo Heller, Taylor Schmitt, Allyson Steinberg, and Kevin Stricker.

Junior Co.: Maya Akins, Josh Faber, Angelina Hall, *Rachel Irland, Alena Murphy, Kennedy Rowe, Samantha Stricker, Lilly Sutton, Bianca Vasilescu, and Francesa Wisniew.

Elite Co.: Elaine Blakeley, Tamish Jean Louis, Ariana Mastrosimone, *Kayla Murry, Zoe Silver, and Piper Smith.

Mini Co.: Carli Cleveland, Kaitlyn Franco, Ariana Galaska, Ella Jensen, Gabriella Murphy, and *Alessandra Reategui-Santos.

*denotes high score

Audition for the 2016-2017 Dancer’s Edge Company

Jai Ho 2016 Recital SDT

Accept the Challenge. Open your Doors to your Inner Artistry, Self Expression, and Gifts of Talent

Pick up audition packets at Southern Dance Theatre: Friday, August 26th – September 8th

The application packet must be fully completed and signed and brought to the audition.  Dancers take classes at Southern Dance Theatre in Boynton Beach, Florida and the ballet class level corresponds with the company the dancer is eligible to audition for.  Please contact 561-736-9097 for more information.

Auditions will be held at 1203 Knuth Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.


Friday, September 9, 2016:

6:45-7:20pm Measurements & Sign in

7:30-9:30p.m. Audition: Ballet, Jazz, and Tap

  • Mini Company Ballet levels: Light Blue and Raspberry
  • Junior Company Ballet level:  Royal Blue

Sunday, September 11, 2016:

12:30-1:30pm Measurements & Sign in

1:45-3:45p.m. Audition: Ballet, Jazz, and Modern

  • Elite Company Ballet levels: Periwinkle & Hunter 1st & 2nd year
  • Apprentice Company Ballet levels: 2nd year Periwinkle & Hunter through Purple
  • Senior Company Ballet levels: High school – Purple / Black 8th graders – if in full Black level

Audition Attire

  • Females: Black leotard, pink tights, ballet technique, and jazz shoes (no socks). Hair in a bun with net and pins. Light make up.
  • Males: Fitted white t-shirt-tucked in, black tights, ballet and jazz shoes (no socks). Hair well groomed

The Dancer’s Edge Company is an elite group of dancers that perform a diverse showcase of dance throughout Palm Beach County and at Universal Studios.

Buddy Walk Funding Provided Free Art Classes This Summer

We have heard from the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization that they have used the funding raised by The Dancer’s Alchemy during the 2015 Buddy Walk to provide free art classes for local adults this summer. The class has been so popular that they will continue to offer it during the fall and beyond! The participants have really enjoyed the class.

Thank you to all of the Southern Dance Theatre and Dancer’s Edge Company families and students who participated to make this event and the class for these students such a success.

You may see some familiar faces in the photos below, some of the members of the Special Arts Ensemble enjoyed their time painting this summer.

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Love Affair 2016 – Post-Show Announcement

Joan, Penni, Carissa - Love Affair 2016
We’re excited to announce that through the many generous donations, ticket sales, concession sales, and program gratitude messages to Miss Joan, the Dancer’s Alchemy raised $21,000. Expenses of the show, reception, and advertising were $8,000, of which $4,000 was underwritten and the remaining $4,000 was paid for by the money raised. The remaining $17,000 was donated to The Palm Beach Ballet Center trust to aide in the purchase of a hospital bed, wheelchair, and walker for Miss Joan Miller as she lives with Alzheimers.
Many thanks again for those who shared their time, money, and love to make this all possible.

Dancer’s Edge Co. perform at Delray Marketplace

Join the Dancer’s Edge Company for a delightful afternoon where they perform a Winter Showcase! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the performance. This is a free event!

Showtime: 2pm on Saturday, March 12, 2016

Orlando Aerial Arts to Perform at A Love Affair to Honor Joan Miller

We are so excited that the lovely and talented Jennifer Pierce of Orlando Aerial Arts will be performing at A Love Affair. Jennifer met and worked with Ms. Joan Miller while she was in high school at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and under the direction of Penni Greenly as a student and company member at Southern Dance Theatre.  Penni and Ms. Julie Bravata sent Jennifer to Palm Beach Ballet Center to receive private coaching from Ms. Joan on ballet Variations.

Jennifer also performed with Ms. Joan’s performance company in A Christmas Carol and as a soloist in a Giordano Jazz production for a private event. Ms. Joan simply lit up a room when instructing. Her approach was warm and encouraging, but demanding of your personal best.

No stone was ever left unturned when coaching a variation. From the placement of your carriage to the approach of how to walk out of stage, Ms. Joan brought out the best in every individual who opened up their heart and mind to the art of dance.

Tickets & Donations

Tickets are on sale now here or by calling 561-901-4743. Order in advance and enjoy a discounted rate.

Donations can be made online here, during the performance, or by mailing a check to The Dancer’s Alchemy at 1203 Knuth Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33436. Please make checks out to The Dancer’s Alchemy.

All ticket sales and donations are tax-deductible and go toward the care of Miss Joan Miller as she lives with Alzheimer’s.  The Dancer’s Alchemy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization – Tax ID: 16-1620182.  

Event Details

The legendary Steven Caras, acclaimed former New York City Ballet Dancer and Ballet Photographer, will deliver the Keynote Address.

Performers include: Florida Dance Conservatory, Orlando Aerial Arts, Pine Crest School, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Bak Middle School of the Arts, Art Stage, Ballet Palm Beach, Ballet East, soloist Anna Gonzalez from The Harid Conservatory, The Dancer’s Edge Company of Southern Dance Theatre, Soloist Ryan Redmond, and Wings to Fly Dance Company.

Location: This benefit performance will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7pm at Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River Community High School.

5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33496