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April 2020

Fathers Share Daughter’s

Ballet Talents

By Stephen E. Lipken


A special opportunity for fathers to share their daughters’ ballet talents was presented by Bronxville Ballet teacher and owner Ana Dimas (info@bronxvilleballet.com) on Saturday, March 7th at the Bronxville Women’s Club.  There were 26 couples; music was provided by pianist Cheryl Edelman. Children 2 years of age to adults are taught at Bronxville Women’s Club and Reformed Church; adult ballet classes are held at Bronxville Adult School.


“This is the third year for the Father-Daughter Ballet class,” Dimas stated.  “I started it because I thought would be fantastic for little girls to share their knowledge of ballet with their fathers and be able to bond together.  All of my programs are doing what I would have wanted as a little girl.


“Bronxville Ballet Not for Sale is a non-profit that teaches outreach ballet classes to children in need or special needs,” Dimas continued.  “It is a series of ballet classes. At the end of the last ballet class, children receive a ballet-inspired everyday-wear dress, designed by Ana Dimas.”


Ballet steps encompassed plies; tendus; jetes (leaps); ron de jambe; developee; Grande battlements; Sashay; pas de jete; pirouette; en Croix and grand jete (leaping over plastic cones).  Originally from Wallingford, CT, Dimas attended North Carolina School of the Arts High School and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from NYU Tisch School.  The Bronxville Ballet has been in existence for 8 years.


“We had a great morning with Ms. Ana, learning about all the different routines and exercises that Grace and her friends at Bronxville Ballet do together,” Jimmy Sutherland, father of student Grace Sutherland said.  “It was a fun, fun, morning to see firsthand and participate in what they do every week and see the progress that they have done…”


Ana even danced with her father, Rusty Rogers.  “I just think it is a beautiful event for fathers to spend some time with their daughters that they don’t usually get to during the week,” Rogers concluded.