For a theatrical dance experience


Arlington Center for the Arts

41 Foster Street
Arlington, MA 02474


Gibbs Center

Gibbs Center

From Cambridge/Somerville: Take Mass. Ave. toward Arlington past the Capitol Theatre (on your left). Go about 6 blocks past the theatre and take a right at the BP Gas station onto Tufts St.

From Lexington: Take Mass. Ave. through Arlington Center. Right after the Walgreen's (on your right), take a left at the BP Gas Station onto Tufts St.

From Rt. 2: Take Rt. 60 exit toward Arlington/Medford (away from Belmont). Follow Rt. 60 until it intersects with Mass. Ave. Take a right on Mass. Ave. Go about 5 blocks, and right past the Walgreen's (on your right), take a left at the BP Gas Station onto Tufts St.

Once on Tufts Street: After turning onto Tufts, take a left into the parking lot - we are in the brick school building, which we share with other organizations.

 5, 6, 7, 8 . . . A Dancer’s Journey Step by Step to the Stage

By Kristen Snyder

It’s show time for the NewStage Dance Company May 3rd and 4th at the Arlington Center for the Arts! Join this group of talented women for three dynamic performances as they invite you to share the exciting journey of what it takes to create a performance all the way from the nerve-wracking auditions to the thrill of the standing ovation.

“5, 6, 7, 8” . . . the most commonly used four words in the dance world. To the dancer, it means head up, shoulders back . . . and get ready to “turn it on.” But before she’s ready to take the stage, a dancer must spend countless hours of practice, with tired feet and aching muscles, of pushing herself to run a routine “just one more time” to try and get it right.

And that’s just what the NewStage Dance Company has been up to for the last several months. The group is made up of local women who range in age from their late 20’s into their 50’s and come from all different walks of life. Most have families and highly demanding careers. But three times a week, they join together to share in their love for the art of dance. Rehearsals usually start well after the end of the work day and run late into the night. But it’s that feeling of camaraderie and the joy of seeing it all come together that keeps them going. 

Started by lifelong dancer and Lexington resident, Wendy Costello, NewStage Dance Company was born out of the Lexington Women’s Dance Ensemble in 2006. Since then, the group has grown to 12 company dancers with additional ensemble members added when they are preparing for a show. NewStage runs on the belief that you’re never too old to give up your passion for dance, performance, and the ability to share it on the stage. Costello provided insight into her vision for the show. “For me it's the step by step of finding the venue, rehearsal space, tech crew, publicity, costuming. For the dancer, it's the literal step by step learning choreography.”

5, 6, 7, 8 . . . A Dancer’s Journey is an accurate portrayal of what it’s really like in the demanding and competitive world of dance. The first act begins as a rehearsal where the dancers are learning choreography for different styles of dance from hip hop and jazz, from tap to ballet, with some pieces still looking to be cast. The entire first act is a work in progress, and the audience is like a fly on the wall of the rehearsal. They will witness casting issues, tech issues, and costume issues. As the show progresses, the routines get bigger and more perfected as the group prepares for the final performance.

Performances are Friday May 3rd at 7:30 pm and Saturday May 4th at 3 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased through or at the door. Seating is open but limited. Tickets are $15.

The Arlington Center for the Arts is located at 41 Foster Street. The best way to enter the theater is via the parking lot, located between Tuft Street and Foster Street. Look for the ACA theater signs from the PARKING LOT to the ramp entrance to access the theater. Wheelchair access is available from parking lot, to the ramp off the parking lot, to the theater door. For theater directions visit:

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