WTDPT DANCES FOR KIDS AND COMMUNITY
TROUPE KIDS! WHO ARE THEY?
Troupe Kids! come in all ages and shoe sizes. They are members of the Westchester Theatre Dance Performing Troupe, Inc., who love to dance.
On any given Sunday, when young people customarily party, watch MTV, or cruise the mall, fifty members of The Troupe, a high energy, bring-‘em-to-their-feet children's dance company, make the walls at 54 Babbitt Road in Bedford Hills, New York shake, as they combine tap, ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance techniques into an emotionally packed, earthshaking experiment in fast paced footwork.
Using recognizable themes that suit the movement and moods of children ages six to twelve and teenagers thirteen to eighteen years old, these well-trained Troupe Kids! work to develop their performance skills and communicate their ideas through a spicy mixture of professionalism and physicality that teaches them to shape up and change gears without missing a beat.
WTDPT believes that dance education (movement training) is essential to the full development of the child’s creative potential. The Company, a group of fifty highly motivated dancers, and a corps of teachers, choreographers, coaches, behind-the-scenes monitors, and parent volunteers are dedicated to introducing the world of dance to children and special audiences as both a meaningful art form and a continual learning experience, - a process that stimulates and gives rise to personal goals and community awareness.
WTDPT HAS A TWOFOLD AIM
The Westchester Theatre Dance Performing Troupe, Inc., is a voluntary, not-for-profit community service organization which offers cultural and educational experiences to the community, while providing young people who dance, sing, and act; or wish to experience theatre arts as technicians or tutors, with the opportunity to give of themselves while honing their professional skills. The aim of WTDPT is twofold:
To improve the quality of life and promote cultural values by providing theatre-dance performances developed for the needs of special audiences.
To provide young people, ages six to adulthood, with the expertise and guidance needed to grow in their art, undergo a significant cultural experience in the form of positive physical activity, and become responsive to and responsible for programs that enrich and strengthen dance in community life.
WTDPT started dancing for kids and community in 1980. Over the years, WTDPT has reached hundreds of children, parents, senior citizens, and community service groups in Westchester County and surrounding areas through an exciting program package of public performances, lecture demonstrations, and special workshops for children, parents and teachers.
TROUPING is an artistic process that focuses a child’s natural talent and energy on commitment, responsibility, leadership, and teamwork in an atmosphere that fosters growth and independence. Here children learn that artistic expression projected through dance enriches the lives of all who experience it, performers or audience, young or old, rich or poor. Troupe dancers learn, through fun, fantasy, and hard work, that giving of themselves graciously enriches the life of the giver.
A WTDPT performance is a delightful blend of dance, music and audience participation. The Company presents a full concert of creative, humorous, and athletic dances in a variety of styles, and from tap, ballet, theatre-jazz, and modern techniques. Troupe Kids! can be clowns, mice, cats, rock ‘n’ rollers, or ballerinas. In a cavalcade of high energy movement, the dancers turn to fast paced footwork and youthful exuberance to entertain and educate their audiences.
Each WTDPT program is geared to its special audience. Programs are cast in modules fifteen to forty-five minutes in length, or by special request, in cabaret-style, ninety minute performances.
Examples: Programs for schools and libraries include a lecture demonstration format. Before each dance or exercise presented, troupe members explain just how the piece was created and what to look for during the performance. In addition, children are invited to join in on simple movement exercises during or at the end of each performance. At nursing homes and senior citizen centers, special follow along sequences add warmth and gaiety to each program. Cabaret-style performances for community service groups and community fundraisers give the Company an opportunity to perform shows choreographed to present multi-talented troupers at their finest.
WTDPT performs for special audiences of all ages, on many stages:
elementary schools and PTO functions
middle school career days
libraries and community centers
summer camps and day care centers
fairs and festivals
nursing homes and senior citizen facilities
community events and fund raisers
Programs are designed to introduce traditional and contemporary dance styles and concepts. They include music and dances based on subjects near and dear to the heart of the audience. Dressed in colorful costumes and day-glo smiles, Troupe Kids! delight young audiences and adults of all ages with their wholesome enthusiasm and energetic performances.
WE'RE TAKING IT FROM THE TOP!
REHEARSALS, CLASSES, AND SEMINARS
WTDPT, Inc. offers master classes and a series of classes that focus on the development of creativity through the art form and process of dance. In Dance Like A Professional Seminars, Troupe Kids! learn to work individually and in groups to discover the magic of dance, reach their performance potential, and learn how they can effectively integrate dance into everyday activities.
PUTTING ON A SHOW! ONE MORE TIME!
PRAISE AND APPLAUSE
WTDPT, Inc. continues to receive praise and applause from all levels of the arts community, from parents, teachers, community service administrators, and the media. Each performance season brings a fresh round of enthusiastic applause. Class and workshop leaders report that Troupe Kids! who share the dance through community service show improvement in dance and learning skills, discipline, and self-esteem. Sharing their skills with special audiences has improved the quality of life for all involved in the trouping concept.
LET'S GIVE A LITTLE WHISTLE! RING A LITTLE BELL!
THE COMPANY CELEBRATING THE NEW MILLENNIUM!
FOR MORE INFORMATION about WTDPT Programs and Troupe Kid! performances please contact:Diane Clark, Troupe Coordinator Telephone: (914) 241-4410
NOW TAKE IT FROM THE TOP!