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Music, Music, Music!


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 Every year the endless search for music starts and is never ending. As we begin the new year we would like to present a list of music that we have found to be different, age appropriate and exciting. If you do competitions it is important to find unique pieces of music. Some of the music we recommend is oldies but goodies! Looking back you can find hidden gems that you may have forgotten about, music that you once loved and were very passionate about. Listen to those tracks and you may find that it is now very retro! A few years ago we found a remake of It's a Small World After All on the sound track of the Disney movie Around the world in 80 days. We used this song for our year end show finale and it was a huge hit! The whole audience was singing it as they left the theater! So do a bit of digging and you never know what you may find.

 Below is a list of music that we have given a category to but you may find something for all genres in each artist we recommend. First is the artist follow by the title of the CD. Let us know what you think!

Tap: Suzy Bogguss.Swing Dr Didg...Serotonality Down To The Bone....From Manhatten to Staten

Jazz and Contemporary: Pieces of A Dream..Love Silhouette Venessa Mae...The best of, can also be used for modern/ballet Keb MoThe Door Nirvana LoungeBy Claude Challe, compilation CD lots of beats

Ballet: Secret Garden..Dawn Of a New Century & White Stones Aria..One is self titled and the other is metamorphosis Invitation To The DanceBallet Music, Berlin Philharmonic

Oldies But Goodies: The Jets Pop great music for your younger dancers Michael Smith..Greatest Hits, Uplifting contemporary Christian music Billy Ocean Greatest hits, fun pop hits Donna Summer.On the radio, Last dance, etc John Williams..Boston Pops, great big production music


Steve Sirico

Steve Sirico

Originally from Norwalk, Ct, Steve excelled in track and football. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin on a sports scholarship. Deciding to switch and make his career in the world of dance, he studied initially with Mikki Williams and then in New York with Charles Kelley and Frank Hatchett. He appeared in a number of theatre productions such as Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls and Mame in New York and around the country and in industrials and television shows. He was contracted to appear as the lead dancer in the Valerie Peters Special a television show filmed in Tampa, Florida. After meeting Angela DValda during the filming they formed the Adagio act of DValda & Sirico appearing in theatres, clubs and on television shows such as David Letterman, Star Search and the Jerry Lewis Telethon. In 1982 they were contracted to Europe and appeared in a variety of shows in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Italy before going to London, England where they appeared as Guest Artists for Wayne Sleep (formerly of the Royal Ballet) in his show Dash at the Dominium Theatre. Steve and Angela have owned and directed their dance studio in Fairfield, CT for the past twenty two years and in 2005 added music and vocal classes to their curriculum. Author of his Jazz Dance syllabus and co-author of a Partner syllabus both of which are used for teacher training by Dance Educators of America, Steve continues to adjudicate and teach for major dance organizations. Recently taught at the Interdanz conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, He choreographs for theatres, television and conventions and DValda & Sirico are currently in production choreographing the opening to the National Speakers Association convention on Broadway at the Marriott Marquis for August of 2008. Steve is co-owner and director with his wife, Angela, of the website Dance Teacher Web designed as an online resource for teachers worldwide.

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