Special Events Archive

So We Think We Can Dance!

posted Dec 30, 2015, 9:48 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 24, 2019, 10:09 AM ]

The popular showcase of talent, So We Think We Can Dance is back for its seventh year  in 2018 at the Darien Arts Center (, where the student-run production has sold-out audiences for the past six years. Totally produced by DAC dance student volunteers, ages 10 to 18, the show returns to the DAC Weatherstone Studio with performances on Saturday, January 13th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, January 14th at 2 p.m. DAC dance students manage all stages of creation and execution, and choreograph and perform approximately 17 dances that encompass many different styles of dance.

The DAC dance program provides dedicated students a one of kind opportunity, to produce a show from start to finish. So We Think We Can Dance was the brainchild of past DAC students some who have moved on to pursue careers in dance. They envisioned using the skills they had developed from years of dancing at the DAC, to express their individuality in their very own dances while having a chance to shine. It has proven to be a great success, beyond selling out audiences.

“So We Think We Can Dance truly fills us with pride. Our students utilize years of practice to choreograph and produce an entertaining show. This process empowers creative thinking and builds confidence that our students take with them to college.” - Amy Allen, DAC Executive Director. 

DAC dance students, Natalie Pitteway, Mackenzie Swift and Meghan Wood produced the 2018 show.


Mark Your Calendar! Shop Downtown Darien

posted Nov 12, 2015, 7:59 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 8:09 AM ]

Joins us on Thursday, November 19th, 5 - 8pm and shop downtown Darien.  A $25 donation at the door of a participating store gives you 20% off at all participating stores including Baubles, Beadz Boutique, Coco & Grace, Everything is Rosey, Kirby and Company, Helen Ainson, Folly, Olivette, Wiggles and Giggles, Spree & Tina Dragone.  The discount applies to dinner and drinks at Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant, too.

REMEMBER to mention at the door that your donation is for the Darien Arts Center!

40th Birthday Party & Open House

posted Sep 3, 2015, 8:24 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 12, 2018, 7:38 AM ]

Come help us celebrate our 40th year and learn more about all we have to offer! Participate in a complimentary mini dance class, Young Divas! singing class or printmaking project. Learn more about DAC Stage, our community theatre or the Annual Art Show & Sale. Music performed by DAC music teachers.
Event Schedule:

1:00-2:00pm Visual Arts Studio:  Enjoy birthday cake & music performed by music department faculty. Find out more about DAC Stage & the Annual Darien Art Show & Sale. 

1:45-2:15pm DAC Weatherstone Studio: Multi-media music presentation.                 

2:00-4:00pm Visual Arts Studio: Printmaking project for all ages.

2:00-4:00pm DAC Lobby: Find out more about DAC Stage & the Annual Darien Art Show & Sale.

2:15-2:45pm DAC Weatherstone Studio: Martial arts mini-class for all ages.

2:30-3:00pm Music Studio 3: Young Divas! Singing mini class for ages 7-12.

2:45-3:15pm DAC Weatherstone Studio: Mini-dance class for preschoolers.

3:00-3:30pm Music Room 3: Piano mini-lesson for ages 5-8.

3:15-3:45pm DAC Weatherstone Studio: Hip Hop mini-dance class for grades 1-3.

For more information, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683 


40th Anniversary Celebration to Benefit The Darien Arts Center

posted Apr 2, 2015, 12:09 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 12, 2018, 7:38 AM ]

Saturday the 20th of June 2015 from 6-9pm

Featuring music by Lew and Mary Green

Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres & Auction 

Tickets $125 per person


Midsummer Night's attire

Please call 203.655.8683 with questions

Fiona Moves to Asia

posted Apr 2, 2015, 11:46 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 12, 2018, 7:38 AM ]

   Fiona Moves to Asia, an original production will be presented on April 25th & 26th at 12pm and 2:30pm in the Weatherstone Studio.  Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by emailing or by calling the office at 203-655-8683                                                        

An Evening of Dance

posted Sep 26, 2014, 11:44 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 24, 2019, 10:11 AM ]

The 18th Annual "An Evening of Dance", October 2018

Once again, a dazzling ‘Evening of Dance’ thrilled audiences at the Darien Arts Center’s ( annual performances on Saturday, October 20th at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, October 21st at 4 p.m. Celebrating it’s 18th year, the DAC’s ‘Evening of Dance’ showcased an impressive culmination of performances by the DAC Dance department staff, and the adult and student performance groups that have worked together since 2000. 

Under the direction of DAC Dance Director Bonnie Gombos, instructors and students developed, choreographed and polished performances to feature the versatility of the dancers in a wide variety of dance forms. Performances encompassed classical ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, and ballroom styles, and approximately 30 dancers performed in the 90-minute show. New this year: dancers have picked their favorite dances from over the years to perform a “best of” show. 

Support the DAC and Dance with "Aladdin!" on October 26

posted Aug 29, 2014, 12:23 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 12, 2018, 7:39 AM ]

Learn the moves to Arabian Nights from a professional choreographer/Aladdin cast member! 
And see a matinee performance of Aladdin on Broadway! 
Participants will arrive at a midtown dance studio at 10:30 a.m. for a studio session from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will work with a professional choreographer from the cast of Aladdin to learn the dance moves, staging and music from the show’s Arabian Nights number. After lunch on their own, they will enjoy the 3 p.m. matinee of Aladdin in front mezzanine seats at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theater for prime viewing of the show. 

Ticket sales will support the Darien Arts Center, which provides educational programs in dance, visual arts, music and theatre for the community. 

Tickets are limited and are $225 per person. Lunch and transportation not included. 

Tickets sales are now closed. Thank you for your support!

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