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Arlene Begelman

Artistic Director

The School of the Performing Arts

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The School of the Performing Arts

Background Information

Employment History

Owner

New Milford's School of Performing Arts


Executive Director

CCPA


Scholarship Student

George Balanchine's School of American Ballet


Affiliations

FineLine Theatre Arts School

Board Member


Education

George Balanchine's School of American Ballet


B.A.

Brooklyn College


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Updates

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Arlene Begelman
Ballet Arlene Begelman's experience and ability as a teacher, director and choreographer has made her a true treasure in the New Milford area. Her 60+ years of dedication to the performing arts is second to none. From 1942 to 1948 she was a scholarship student at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet, and from there she went on to join his company, The New York City Ballet. From 1963 to 1972 she choreographed and/or staged 20 community theatre productions in New York City and Connecticut. She was the Artistic Director of Actor's Repertory Theatre of Connecticut and Connecticut Stage, Inc., directing dozens of plays and musicals. In 1981 Arlene became Artistic Director of The School of the Performing Arts (S.O.P.A), a professional training school for dance, voice and theatre. Elizabeth Cox began her early training at the School of Performing Arts in New Milford, Connecticut under the direction of Arlene Begelman and Robert Maiorano.


Faculty

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Arlene Begelman
Arlene Begelman's experience and ability as a teacher, director and choreographer has made her a true treasure in the New Milford area. Her 60+ years of dedication to the performing arts is second to none. From 1942 to 1948 she was a scholarship student at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet, and from there she went on to join his company, The New York City Ballet. From 1963 to 1972 she choreographed and/or staged 20 community theatre productions in New York City and Connecticut. She was the Artistic Director of Actor's Repertory Theatre of Connecticut and Connecticut Stage, Inc., directing dozens of plays and musicals. In 1981 Arlene became Artistic Director of The School of the Performing Arts (S.O.P.A), a professional training school for dance, voice and theatre. Elizabeth Cox began her early training at the School of Performing Arts in New Milford, Connecticut under the direction of Arlene Begelman and Robert Maiorano. Ocean studied dance under the direction of Arlene Begelman at the School of Performing Arts in New Milford, and then at the School of American Ballet in New York City. She worked with Urban Ballet Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet. She has performed with the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Ballet.


Arlene Begelman

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Arlene Begelman
Arlene Begelman's experience and ability as a teacher, director and choreographer has made her a true treasure in the New Milford area. Her 60+ years of dedication to the performing arts is second to none. From 1942 to 1948 she was a scholarship student at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet, and from there she went on to join his company, The New York City Ballet. From 1963 to 1972 she choreographed and/or staged 20 community theatre productions in New York City and Connecticut. She was the Artistic Director of Actor's Repertory Theatre of Connecticut and Connecticut Stage, Inc., directing dozens of plays and musicals. In 1981 Arlene became Artistic Director of The School of the Performing Arts (S.O.P.A), a professional training school for dance, voice and theatre.


News Times Live New Milford performing arts schools merge to improve offerings

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Scott Wise, holding his 2-year-old son James, and his wife, Elizabeth Parkinson, center, are merging the School of Performing Arts, owned by Arlene Begelman, right, into their FineLine Theatre Arts school.In addition to securing some prime real estate on Railroad Street for the new FineLine Theatre Arts school, the pair fell into an agreement with Arlene Begelman, founder of the School of Performing Arts in New Milford.I'd like to wear just one hat and concentrate on one area," said Begelman, who started SOPA 28 years ago. Rather than seeing it as the end of an era, Begelman sees the merger as a strong step into the future. "The SOPA legacy is built in and we're on to new things.Things just change and this is good," she said."They're so much younger than I am, so they're coming in with fresh ideas and lots of energy.It's exciting."> Begelman is especially excited about the additional space.The new site will house two major studios, a children's room, and a small acting and music room, along with office and storage space and three bathrooms. That will be quite a change for Begelman. "SOPA only has one major room that works as a black box for performances and space to sing and dance.That means you can't do as much as you would like to do," she said. Begelman said that she and her SOPA instructors will continue to teach dance, ballet, theater and voice.


Spectrum Begelman’s back in town

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Arlene Begelman's name has been synonymous with the arts in New Milford for more than a quarter of a century.Ms. Begelman founded the School of Performing Arts (SOPA) in New Milford in 1978, and after 25 years of varied involvement in community arts she has opened a second branch of SOPA in town.The New Milford resident observes that her role in the region's arts world has "come back full circle."She's now teaching children of former students."Once you are in the arts it's just hard to stop," Ms. Begelman said, explaining why she's remained so involved."Good teachers feel they need to give back in some way," she said in a recent interview."It's fun.It's wonderful to see progress."I only do what I do to help students reach a goal," she continued."Whatever you do in arts becomes a part of you."Ms. Begelman, who is termed "upstoppable" and full of enthusiasm by one colleague, founded SOPA in 1978 and remains its artistic director.SOPA started as an adjunct of the professional theater company Connecticut Stage, Inc., which she said was founded when New Milford attorney Harry Cohen asked her to mount a production as a synagogue fund-raiser.Connecticut Stage began with weekend matinee performances and led to small cabaret performances.Ms. Begelman also serves as artistic director of Stage II, Inc., "an opera company offshoot" that began at SOPA.She's now involved, along with Kerry Gallagher of Fusionworks and Heidi Miller of the Lincoln Institute of New York City, spearheading a newly formed performing arts organization, the downcitydancetheater.Arlene Begelman, a key figure in the local arts community for more than a quarter of a century, says, "I only do what I do to help students reach a goal." Ms. Begelman said downcitydancetheater would be based at the new Performance Space at 55 West St. in New Milford.It's also the site of the second branch of SOPA.Downcitydancetheater held its first two choreographers' forums last fall at the Jewish Community Center in Sherman.The group provides a venue for choreographers and dance companies with young preprofessionals from the area opportunities to present their works to the public through forums.Former SOPA students have gone on to careers in dance, music and theater, Ms. Begelman said, and frequently stop by when in the area."It's a great feeling that they remember you... that you had an imprint in their lives," she said."You give back what is given to you; you just can't keep it in," Ms. Begelman said."It's creating that life circle."SOPA in Sherman offers classes for a wide variety of ages in music, voice, dance and theater at the Jewish Community Center on Route 39 South.Ms. Begelman has recently opened a second branch of SOPA at the Performance Space.The space, once part of the Connecticut Conservatory for the Performing Arts (CCPA) - with which Ms. Begelman was for a time allied - is now owned by Sarah Jane Chelminski, a Bridgewater resident who served as president of the board of the CCPA."It lends itself to a little bit of off-Broadway," Ms. Begelman said.She said she hopes the Performance Space will become a center for music and theatrical events, for mini-performances."Wherever I go I see spaces as theater," Ms. Begelman said."When I walked in here, I had such a good feeling.It's exciting."Ms. Chelminski is full of praise for Ms. Begelman, "a wonderful person, who knows everybody."Five years ago, when Ms. Begelman lost her lease on space on Bank Street in New Milford, she scaled back SOPA to private coaching and considered heading to Yale University for a graduate degree.Instead, she decided to continue the school through the Conservatory, where she was the artistic director."It's too bad the original goals did not work out," Ms. Begelman said of her decision to leave the Conservatory three years ago, in part because she "felt at odds artistically."Since then, she has been slowly reviving SOPA, beginning by offering classes two days a week at the Jewish Community Center in Sherman."The Jewish Community Center has been great," Ms. Begelman said.She explained that with the new Performance Space, she is able to add more offerings, and classes are now up to five days a week.Ms. Begelman said she hopes to get back to doing some small opera venues at the new Performance Space.She also envisions classes, as well as performance-based activities - perhaps a chamber group, or a jazz group."The more [the students] perform, the better they get," she said.The first offerings at the Performance Space to expand SOPA's theater department include courses beginning Feb. 19 in Stage Combat and Shakespeare in Performance. Ms. Begelman said the courses are an "exciting development in drama for the area."Barbara Braverman, who has been a colleague of Ms. Begelman for two decades, will also rejoin SOPA as a dance teacher."The original staff are all back," Ms. Begelman said, adding that the staff members are performing artists and teachers in their disciplines.She said many of SOPA's students work professionally in artistic fields, while others take classes for fitness, enjoyment and recreation."I'd like to see SOPA continue and expand whether I'm here or not," Ms. Begelman said."Talent starts in these communities."Talent doesn't come from New York," she said."This is really the grassroots... From that acorn a tree grows."For more information about SOPA or courses, call Arlene Begelman at (860) 354-8564.Classes will be held at the Jewish Community Center on Route 39 South in Sherman or at Performance Space at 55 West St. in New Milford.


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