A Familiar Suite performed by Step by Step Dance Studio on December 18, 2021 at 7:30PM

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Step it Up Dance Productions & Step by Step Dance Studio Presents

A Familiar Suite

December 18, 2021 7:30PM Show


Tonight’s performance was made possible simply by one’s love for dance. I would like to take this time to thank everyone involved with “A Familiar Suite”. Your hard work and dedication these past months has made me so proud. To all our volunteers in the front of the house and backstage, a special thank you. We could not have done this without you. To my staff, Stephanie Blacksmith, Denise Carter, Hannah Corbett, James Lopez, Montana Nogrady, Veronica Nogrady, Stephanie Thomas, Celine Trella and Nina Vargas; I can’t thank you enough. Your time and energy toward such a memorable production has helped our students be a part of one of the most delightful holiday traditions a dancer can experience. I am honored to have you as my staff. To our audience members and supporters, I thank you for spending the evening with us.

Peace to all, Ronda


Artistic Direction By: Ronda Barber STAFF

Stephanie Blacksmith, Denise Carter, Hannah Corbett, Konnor Kelly, James Lopez, Montana Nogrady, Veronica Nogrady, Stephanie Thomas, Celine Trella and Nina Vargas

OFFICE ASSISTANTS

Christine Diaz, Donna Downes, Linda Giovene, Cait Hogan, Lisa Sweeney, Colleen Zyla

CLASS ASSISTANTS

Ryan Ayuso, Gina Bertotti, Emma Blacksmith, Maia Blacksmith, Jillian Brand, Ava Cerra, Maylani Chevere, Sophia Colarte, Sophia Conklin, Ceci Diaz, Reese Downes, Elizabeth Englund, Savannah Fahrbach, Stephanie Fanning, Hailey Faurot, Kinsley Foley, Gianna Gazzillo, Amber Giovene, Brigid Grodence-Hastey, Aislinn Hogan, Katey Holmsen, Rowan Hoyt, Gracie Hull, Charlotte Koziak, Macie Nannini, Lilliana Noto, Nicole Noto, Maddy Rita, Mallory O'Rourke, Emma Schupner, Katie Sweeney, Maggie Sweeney, Molly Sweeney, Brooke Thorpe, Mary Tolman, Kathryn Zyla

Special Thanks To Our Production Staff

Stage Manager....................................................................................Keith Kelly Performance Coordinators..............................Linda Giovene, Theresa Iaquinta ........................................................................................................Lisa Sweeney Stage Hands...............................................................Steve Gazzillo, Steve Hoyt ......................................................Lane Hunt, Neal Iaquinta, Montana Nogrady .................................................................................Ryan Schupner, Jose Suarez "On Call" Seamstresses..............................Leanne Bertotti, Jeannette Calderon .....................................................Robin Hastey, Heather Menzie, Erica Nichols Suite Greeter................................................................................Sierra Garrison Hair Styling..............................................................................Darlene O'Rourke Announcements..................................................................................Keith Kelly Program Design.......................................................................Darlene O'Rourke Program Printing..............................................P&P Quick Copy, New Windsor Raffle Coordinators...................................................................Meghan Conklin Master Recording............................................................................Konnor Kelly Backdrops..............................................................................Charles H. Stewart Lighting..............................................................................................Brian Dunn Website Designer............................................................................Robin Hastey Social Media.....................................................................................James Lopez Videographer...............................................................................Perry Sarkisian Live Stream Coordinator...........................................................Guy Du Quesnay


"A Familiar Suite"

Dance Performances Party Scene, Carol of the Bells, Mechanical Doll, Angels, Spanish, Arabian Choreography by: Ronda Barber

Suite Dreams Dancers Choreography by: Stephanie Blacksmith

Suite Wonderland Choreography by: Stephanie Thomas

Clara's Dance, Snow, Sugar Plum Fairy Variation, Waltz of the Flowers, Clara's Dream Pas De Deux Choreography & Staging by: Veronica Nogrady

Rock Candy, Mother Gingers Bon Bons, Chinese Choreography by: Stephanie Thomas

Mad Russian Choreography by: Stephanie Thomas & Celine Trella

Wooden Soldier, Toy Soldiers, Hot Chocolate, Russian Tap Choreography by: Denise Carter

Marzipan Choreography by: Montana Nogrady

Battle Scene Choreography by: James Lopez


The Step By Step Dance Staff, Dancers and Crew would like to send out a special THANK YOU

Linda Giovene

Linda’s daughter, Amber, will be graduating this year making this Linda’s last “Suite” with us.

Linda has been one of our Smiling faces behind the desk in the Studio Office for the past several years; fielding questions, processing payments, organizing costume orders, filing technical performance notes, and so much more.

When Linda steps out of the studio office and into the Theatre, she takes on the role of Performance Coordinator, making sure our dancers are prepared for their entrance onto the stage and leads them in the right direction as they exit.

Linda, THANK YOU for your time and patience and above all, Thank You for helping A Familiar Suite and Step By Step stay on their toes!


Act I Party Scene Clara

Liliana Montalbano

Mother Silberhause Nina Vargas

Aunt Montana

Montana Nogrady

Fritz

Jake Peck

Governess

Stephanie Blacksmith

Godfather Drosselmeyer James Lopez

Mothers

Ceci Diaz Shannon Faint Brigid Grodence-Hastey Sofia Taylor Mary Tolman Katelyn Sweeney

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Big Sisters Addison Allen Gemma Bicknell Abigail Buckley Allyson Fanning

Sofia Figliola Addy Hull Avery Miele Aleigh Shaver

Middle Sisters Addy Balcombe Emma Bender Avery Bellber Nola Betty Ellie Boatman Lily Conmy

Julianna Fournier Taylor Fox Everly Koziak Ella Jacoberger Abby Schellhase Chloe Wright

Little Sisters

Suite Dreams Dancers

Mina Bellber Vale Betty Madelyn Buckley Reagan Downes Hadlee Fox Bridget Newman Emma Roeder Tauriel Wright

Tovah Buchman Kinsley Foley Leilah Jakes Quinn Johnson Sarah Pagano Isabella Railo Gwen Roche Reagan Shaver

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Carol of the Bells Stephanie Fanning

Lead Dancing Bells

Jillian Brand Amber Giovene Rowan Hoyt Macie Nannini Emity Rita Arianna Suarez

Toys

Mechanical Doll

Maia Blacksmith

Wooden Soldier

Emma Blacksmith

Lead Toy Soldier

Molly Sweeney

Toy Soldiers Maylani Chevere Sophia Colarte Elizabeth Englund Aislinn Hogan

Abel Martinez Mallory O'Rourke Madelyn Rita Kathryn Zyla 3


Battle Scene Lead Soldier

Gianna Gazzillo

Battle Soldiers Chloe Bevacqua Allyson Fanning Lindsay Hairston Leilah Jakes

Abigail Ladlee Isabella Railo Emma Schupner Sophia Spyropoulos

Petite Soldier

Arabella Bigelow

Mouse King

Ryan Ayuso

Addison Allen Avery Bellber Emma Bender Nola Betty Gemma Bicknell Abigail Buckley

Mice

Petite Mouse 4

Sofia Figliola Taylor Fox Addy Hull Everly Koziak Avery Miele Aleigh Shaver Paige Thorpe


Snow Gina Bertotti Snow Queen The Royal Couple

Ryan Ayuso and Maia Blacksmith

Snow Princesses

Jillian Brand Stephanie Fanning Amber Giovene Caitlyn Hernandez Gracie Hull Macie Nannini Arianna Suarez Molly Sweeney

Clara's Prince Jake Peck

Snow Crystals Sophia Colarte Aislinn Hogan Rowan Hoyt Keira Quimby

Icicles

Brigid GrodenceHastey Katelyn Sweeney Sofia Taylor Kathryn Zyla

Flurries

Snowflakes

Chloe Bevacqua Sophia Conklin Reese Downes Lindsay Hairston Quinn Johnson Alana Lee Sargeant Emma Schupner Brooke Thorpe

Ceci Diaz Savannah Fahrbach Katey Holmsen Gyana Jakes Charlotte Koziak Stella Scherbak Sophia Spyropoulos Madelyn Rita

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Intermission

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Act 2 Hot Chocolate Lead

Maylani Chevere

Dancers

Sophia Conklin Reese Downes Savannah Fahrbach Kinsley Foley Abigail Ladlee Sarah Pagano Isabella Railo Madelyn Rita Alana Lee Sargeant Emma Schupner

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Sugar Plum Fairy Variation Sugar Plum Fairy Emma Blacksmith

Angels Savannah Fahrbach Shannon Faint Stella Scherbak Sophia Spyropoulos

Petite Angels McKenna Anderson Emma Bellew Vale Betty Madelyn Buckley Isla Conley Reagan Downes

Julianna Fournier Hadlee Fox Taylor Fox Bridget Newman Solayna Reinhardt Abby Schellhase

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Mad Russian Lead Ryan Ayuso Chloe Bevacqua Jillian Brand Sophia Colarte Ceci Diaz Aislinn Hogan

Stephanie Fanning

Dancers

Gracie Hull Macie Nannini Odessa Prodafikas Maggie Sweeney Katelyn Sweeney Kathryn Zyla

Russian Tap Lead

Addison Allen Emma Bender Gemma Bicknell Arabella Bigelow Abigail Buckley Allyson Fanning

Elizabeth Englund

Dancers

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Sofia Figliola Taylor Fox Addy Hull Avery Miele Aleigh Shaver Paige Thorpe


Rock Candy Caitlyn Hernandez Rowan Hoyt

Leads

Dancers Sophia Conklin Reese Downes Savannah Fahrbach Shannon Faint Kinsley Foley Leilah Jakes

Quinn Johnson Charlotte Koziak Sarah Pagano Isabella Railo Madelyn Rita Gwen Roche

Alana Lee Sargeant Stella Scherbak Emma Schupner Reagan Shaver Sophia Spyropoulos Brooke Thorpe

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Lead

Marzipan Hailey Faurot

Dancers Maia Blacksmith Ava Cerra Sophia Colarte Mallory O'Rourke

Suite Wonderland Lead

Abigail Ladlee

Dancers

McKenna Anderson Mina Bellber Emma Bellew Vale Betty Madelyn Buckley Isla Conley Reagan Downes Juliana Fournier Hadlee Fox Bridget Newman Solayna Reinhardt Emma Roeder Abby Schellhase Chloe Wright

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Spanish Arianna Suarez

Spanish Princess Dancers Sophia Conklin Charlotte Koziak Alana Lee Sargeant Sophia Spyropoulos

Arabian Konnor Kelly & Macie Nannini

Arabian King & Queen Arabian Princess

Stephanie Fanning

Arabian Dancers

Elizabeth Englund Caitlyn Hernandez Odessa Prodafikas Molly Sweeney 12


Chinese Leads

Aislinn Hogan Keira Quimby

Dragon

Abel Martinez

Chopstix Reese Downes Shannon Faint Charlotte Koziak Madelyn Rita

Dancers Tovah Buchman Kinsley Foley Leilah Jakes Quinn Johnson

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Sarah Pagano Gwen Roche Reagan Shaver Emma Schupner


Mother Ginger's Bon Bons Mother Ginger Jamie Ayuso

Bon Bons Addison Allen Addy Balcombe Avery Bellber Emma Bender Nola Betty Gemma Bicknell Arabella Bigelow Ellie Boatman Abigail Buckley Lily Conmy Allyson Fanning Sofia Figliola

Taylor Fox Addy Hull Ella Jacoberger Everly Koziak Avery Miele Lyla Nichols Jake Peck Evangela Reidy Aleigh Shaver Paige Thorpe Chloe Wright

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Waltz of the Flowers

Dew Drop

Gina Bertotti

Flowers

Petals

Jillian Brand Stephanie Fanning Hailey Faurot Amber Giovene Caitlyn Hernandez Gracie Hull Macie Nannini Arianna Suarez

Ava Cerra Maylani Chevere Sophia Colarte Shannon Faint Elizabeth Fiore Rowan Hoyt Mallory O'Rourke Maggie Sweeney

Flower Buds

Garland

Maia Blacksmith Sophia Conklin Charlotte Koziak Alana Lee Sargeant

Chloe Bevacqua Reese Downes Savannah Fahrbach Katey Holmsen Gyana Jakes Stella Scherbak Sophia Spyropoulos Brooke Thorpe

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Clara's Dream Pas de Deux Ballerina Clara Emily Rita

Cavalier

Konnor Kelly

Grand Pas de Deux Konnor Kelly Emily Rita

Coda

Emma Blacksmith Konnor Kelly Emily Rita 16


Congratulations Isla May and all of the Step by Step dancers!

...on a spectacular performance, Solayna!!

We're so excited for you!

Blessings! Love, The Meindls, the Erbes, and the Careys



Maddy

Congratulations on another great nutcracker! We love watching you perform and we are so proud of you. Keep tapping, keep dancing and keep shining! Love, Mom, Dad and Emily


Congratulations Emily, our Ballerina Clara!

You never cease to amaze us! We are extremely proud of the wonderful and beautiful dancer you've become over the years. Whether you were a Chinese dancer, a toy soldier, a flower, a doll, a Royal Princess or an Arabian Queen - watching you has brought us so much joy! Congratulations on your final Familiar Suite! We look forward to what your bright future holds. Love, Mom, Dad and Maddy


Congratulations Julianna, Emma, Abby, Maddy, Isla, Reagan and the entire 2021 Familiar Suite cast and crew!!!

Today’s the day that you have been working so hard for! We are all so proud of you and can’t wait to watch you perform. We know you will be amazing!

Happy Holidays to all! The Fournier, Bellew, Buckley, Conley, Downes families


Congratulations Hailey

Watching you dance in the Nutcracker all of these years has been pure magic for us and the whole family and friends. The list of roles you've danced in is long: Chinese, Waltz of Flowers, Bells and the Mechanical Doll! Marzipan and now Marzipan Princess! You started as such a young Snow Flurry in the Snow scene, and now: The Snow Queen! Enchanting and Beautiful. Thank you, we are so proud. Enjoy your final show!

With much Love, Mom, Dad and the Family


Reese and Reagan,

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoy it!

Love, Mom, Dad, Connor and Piper

Our sweet girls, Chloe & Tauriel, You bring us so much joy, as you dance your hearts out year after year. Your love for the Nutcracker warms our hearts through the holiday season. We are so very proud of you!

Congratulations to the 2021 Familiar Suite cast & crew!

XOXO Mommy, Daddy, Ellie & Easton



Dear Chloe, We are so excited to be here watching you perform today, you will be awesome!! Always remember to follow your dreams, believe in yourself, work hard and dance with your heart. Never stop reaching for the stars and don’t ever forget you love to dance!! We are so proud of you!! We love you, Nana and Pop

Dear Tauriel, We are so happy to be here watching you dance today, you will be awesome!! We hope you go out on the stage and enjoy your performance, always keep smiling and remember to dance like no one is watching and don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle!! We are so proud of you!!

We love you, Nana and Pop


Amber, Watching you dance each year in the Familiar Suite has been a great joy. Seeing you shine on stage is amazing. Thank you for all of the suite memories!

Love, Mom, Dad and Summer


Congratulations to the cast and crew of "A Familiar Suite"


Aislinn and all the 2021 Familiar Suite Cast and Crew!


We love watching you girls light up the stage! Congratulations Taylor & Hadlee on another great job dancing in the nutcracker! We are so proud of you both!

Love you, Mama & Papa


Congratulations on your wonderful Suite journey, Emma! Keep shining brightly, Sunshine! We love you!!! xoxo, Mom, Dad, Maia, & Spencer


Congrats, sweet Maia!

We are so happy for you! Always follow your joy, and all will be well. We love you!!! xoxo, Mamabird, Dad, Bubby, & Spencer

Maylani Words can't express how proud of you we all are. Watching you dance all these years has left us speechless. Congratulations on your lead as petite princess! Your performance is going to be breathtaking. You deserve to shine on that stage!

With all our love, Mom, Kevin, Kamryn, Kevin Jr., Grandma, and Grandpa