Mohegan Lake's 'Dance for Joy' members are on top of the world – they were one of the groups who were showcased in London over the summer and this weekend 25 of its dancers will perform at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.
Under the direction of the youth ballet company director Roberta Humphrey, the girls will perform on Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. Performances include 'Dreams,' choreographed by Humphrey, Imagine,' choreographed by Rowena DiBenedetto, and 'Coffee in a Cardboard Cup' and 'That’s Entertainment' choreographed by Deanna Ford.
Tickets for the performance, expected to last three hours, are $30 and they are available for purchase at Dance for Joy (914-526-4485).
The sponsoring of the performance is the American Alliance of Performing Arts Educators (AAPAE), a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing youth performing arts groups from across the country with annual shows.
Over the summer, 28 young dancers from 'Dance for Joy' performed at the London Invitational Dance Festival, which took place at the same time as the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The trip was coordinated by the American Alliance of Performing Arts Educators (AAPAE), which recognized the Yorktown studio as a distinguished dance studio and approved the company's inclusion into the festival.
"London was a fantastic experience on many levels," Humphrey said. "We were able to tour castles, see the changing of the guards, ride the London Eye, tour on a boat along the Thames River, tour the Harry Potter sound stage, all sorts of sight-seeing, soaking up a different culture, eat lots of great food, and then perform in two fabulous settings."
The girls took center stage at Warwick Castle and at Island Gardens. In total 72 people came along for the trip – some dancers traveled alone, some with just their moms, some with their entire family.
"By the end of the week we had bonded into a wonderful large, all inclusive, family," Humphrey said. "Truly a most wonderful trip! It was indeed the experience of a lifetime."
The names of the girls performing at Lincoln Center are:
Emily Azcue Putnam Valley
Jessica Boyle Cortlandt Manor
Samantha Confalone Cortlandt Manor
Emily Cregan Shrub Oak
Julie de Marte Yorktown Heights
Kayla Dustin Mohegan Lake
Ayanna Louise Gibson Mohegan Lake
Rose Grace Crompond
Holly Jones Putnam Valley
Meaghan Kaiser Yorktown Heights
Jenna Kelly Yorktown Heights
Rozie Kwechin Mohegan Lake
Marianne LaCalamito Yorktown Heights
Eleanor Lougee-Heimer Yorktown Heights
Leora Matalon Garrison
Morgan McNamara Putnam Valley
Cara Murray Cortlandt Manor
Deanna Myskiw Mahopac
Samantha Nelson Mohegan Lake
Eva Rabson Putnam Valley
Lauren Scinto Yorktown Heights
Mariana Silva Putnam Valley
Erin Spedaliere Shrub Oak
Amelia Spittal Putnam Valley
Victoria Velazquez Mohegan Lake