Northeastern Dance Academy will present Dance Salad Fun

OSCODA – Northeastern Dance Academy (NEAD) will present Dance saladSaturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12 from 7 pm in the auditorium of Mary Ann Bartels at Oscoda High School.

Tickets for the performances are $ 13 for adults, $ 11 for adults and $ 6 for students and are available at the door. The duration of the program is approximately one hour and 10 minutes without interruption. This program is suitable for all ages. For more information about the Academy and its programs, call 739-7955 or visit our website at

NEAD ends its 24th year with Dance salada program that encompasses many dance styles and includes all NEAD students under the direction of Giuseppe Canale and Scott Heinrich.

“We admit that it was a difficult year for the school that left COVID – and then came back – and then there were so many students taking breaks all year long that sometimes it felt like it would be impossible to do a show together. “Heinrich said. “However, in the last two months, students have regained not only their physical health, but also their mental health and ability to focus better. It’s not just about dancing on stage, it’s also about what dance can do for our well-being.

Heinrich said that the title of the show actually came to him while he was eating a salad and thinking not only about what the directors of the academy had experienced, but also about the children, their parents and everyone. He said the program was a “mixed bag” of music and dance styles that the audience hoped to enjoy.

First on the program will be Swan Lake Suite. Choreographed by Canale, this is in no way intended to be a retelling of the famous ballet, but rather as a tribute to the common feelings of the original.

The work includes corpse work, duets and solos and is performed by NEAD’s Int / Adv Ballet and their level 4 ballet students with special accents given to senior Mary Emma Bennett as Chief Swan Odette.

Bennett graduated from an online academy this year and was also a leader at the academy The hazelnut crusher last December and was offered several training opportunities to continue her dance journey.

In second place in the program is Dances for a summer afternoon which includes students from levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Academy. Choreographed by Heinrich, the students are between five and nine years old and show the steps they have worked on throughout the year. The music for the ballet is from “La Source” by Leo Delib.

The next piece is a contemporary work entitled The waves choreographed by Heinrich with music by Philip Glass. As the title implies, the dancers explore one of the most important dance feelings, one of the waves. It’s a dance that feels almost kaleidoscopic as you move without a pause for six minutes.

Following is a short solo performed by 9-year-old Raven Pittman. At the end of April, Pittman wanted to take part in a competition in Ann Arbor, and he needed a piece for his talent. The work entitled The butterfly scored his second place in the talent section and eventually won overall in his group!

The last piece of the evening is Sing me more Bobby D! dances to some of the most popular music sung by the legendary Bobby Darin. Choreographed by Heinrich, the work is more like six pieces in one. The only musical exception is an inserted solo song for Bennett by composer Alex Baranowski, entitled “He loves me, he loves me no.” Darin’s titles include

“Wine and Rose Days”, “Splish Splash”, “Mack the Knife”, “Beyond the Sea”, Charade (fun duet with NEAD students Maya Lopez and Hannah Potts) and “I’ve Got Rhythm” with student Lif Maurer. The music is familiar and fun and will make the members of the audience sing together and tap their toes.

Students at the Academy’s Middle / Advanced Ballet, Modern and Jazz are Mary Emma Bennett, Maya Lopez, Lif Maurer, Lynn Maurer, Hannah Potts and Raven Whitefield.

Their students in ballet 2/3, 4 and jazz ballet are Emma Clark, Lily DeJon, Emersin Dembovske, Paige Hall, Dalaila Harms, Charlotte Jennings, Lillian Larsen, Evelyn Levshunov, Claire Lutrel, Danika Markey, Kyrie Mimee Pige, Raven Pittman, Sage Riggs, Olivia Rowden, Romi Scamatzo, Annabel Theis, Eli Webb, Harper Whitefield and Oliva Willas

Their students in Ballet 1 are Emma Brown, Tanesa Brown, Eleanor Kata, Ariana Cruz, Madison Lutrel, Celcy Miller, Imogen Mizak, Audrey Neely and Nora Pompa.

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