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South Shore Conservatory Creates New Dance Department

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Aug 14, 2014
Hingham, MA

South Shore Conservatory (SSC), best known for its music education programs, after fifteen years of partnering with José Mateo Ballet Theatre (JMBT), has created its own independent dance department which will allow them to offer a more diverse selection of dance classes in addition to formal ballet training.

Former JMBT dancer/educator Susie Guthro, who has been appointed department chair, is excited to bring many new offerings to the dance curriculum. In addition to age-appropriate ballet instruction, her department now offers classes in hip-hop and creative dance.
“We look forward to having our own dance department and watching it grow.  Having our own dance department allows us the flexibility we need to expand our offerings,” says SSC Director of Programs and Curriculum Su D’Ambrosio. “We are so happy that Susie is taking the lead as department chair, as she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as well as a great positive spirit and love of teaching to the program.”
About South Shore Conservatory
Founded in 1971, South Shore Conservatory provides instruction in music and the performing arts to more than 2,500 students at its two beautiful facilities in Hingham and Duxbury.  The Conservatory offers private and group instrument and voice instruction in classical, jazz, rock and world genres. Musicianship and theory classes, a certificate program for motivated young musicians, chamber music, jazz combos and the Bay Youth Symphony further enhance the education experience.  A new popular performing arts track – TEMPO - includes Acting for the Camera, Improv, Song Writing, Vocal Stylings and courses in music technology, recording and sound engineering in a state of the art recording studio.  The Conservatory boasts a highly rated arts based pre-school and kindergarten as well as a sequential curriculum for children ages 1-7 including Music Together, Suzuki training, acting, recorder classes, and creative movement. The Adult Education program includes a wide range of appreciation classes and hands on instruction opportunities. The Conservatory’s 11 year old resident opera company, Opera by the Bay, produces two staged operas each year. Sequential ballet instruction is offered in partnership with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre.  Evenings Under the Stars brings professional performances to more than 4,000 audience members each summer and The Duxbury Music Festival’s renowned guest faculty draws an international student body for this two week resident education and performance festival.  Summer Wind Ensemble, Musical Theatre Workshop, Vocal Institute, BaYS Summer Strings, and Flute Symphony make summer the Conservatory’s busiest season. To further its mission the Conservatory has a growing Music Therapy Department and a Community Partnerships program that works with schools, community service organizations and other arts agencies to provide access to arts education to schools and underserved youth in the region.
Pictured Above: South Shore Conservatory (Hingham, MA)

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