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Dance Electric Dance Academy Interview with Angela Bowden Parker

ballet pointe starTo their dancers, Dance Electric Dance Academy in Tallahassee, Florida, is a home away from home. They pride themselves on knowing their dancers and their families. It is a space where you are free to be yourself and express yourself, where everyone understands they all have good days and bad days. They focus on the individual and their growth and believe the only competition you should be worried about is the one between yourself and your own goals. They are simply a small studio where family is everything.

In the opinion of Angela Bowden Parker, Owner and Director, what separates their studio from other dance studios is their southern hospitality and family atmosphere. Their teachers and families really know each other and support one another through not just dance but all aspects in their lives.

For Angela, her proudest moment happens every week. It is watching that student who has struggled with a step or skill and refuses to give up or that exact moment when they hit that double or triple turn or finally get their splits. The pride you see in their eyes, the fact they look 10 feet taller. It is those moments that make her heart soar.

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Classic Image Dance Interview with Devin Moss

devin mossDevin Moss, Owner and Director of Classic Image Dance conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona, describes her studio as a positive, friendly, family oriented studio which provides excellent training for dancers and even better life skills for young people.

Classic Image provides quality and professional dance instruction to all types of dancers in a positive and friendly atmosphere. Their dance classes create well-rounded dancers with poise, confidence, discipline, physical strength and endurance. They offer group classes and private lessons from beginners to advanced, including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Tumbling, Pointe, Cecchetti, Combo classes, Stretch, Turns and Leaps, and seven amazing performing groups.

Devin believes Classic Image is different because they truly care about building better people through dance.  Coaching and mentoring are important aspects of their training, not just teaching dance steps and choreography.

She has had many, many proud moments coaching.  Most recently, it was when she received a letter from a recreational student’s parent explaining how Classic Image studio had changed her autistic daughter’s life.  The student had been severely depressed and even suicidal, moved to a new city to start fresh, and found a new place to love and be herself in Class Image Dance.

Devin also feels extremely proud in this later (more…)

Broadway Performing Arts Interview with Elisa Heinsohn

Elisa HeinsohnElisa Heinsohn, Owner of Broadway Performing Arts (BPA), located in Bloomfield, New Jersey, BPA is an all around learning facility.  They teach everything having to do with the Performing Arts to develop the ultimate well rounded musical theatre performer.  Broadway requires not just triple threats these days, but performers who can do it all; sing, dance, act, tumble and play an instrument . . . all at the same time, by the way!

BPA, New Jersey’s foremost performing arts school, offers expert training for ages 2 through adult in a wide variety of subjects by some of the most highly skilled teachers in the industry.  It is not just a dance studio. If you are looking for the best, this is the right place for you!  You will not find better training anywhere else in the following categories:  Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Belly Dance, Private Voice lessons, Acting classes, Piano and Guitar lessons.

She believes that their dance studio is different from other dance studios because they have professional experience that most studios do not have.  Elisa and her husband were performers on Broadway with 16 Broadway shows between us.  They have also done television and film work as (more…)

Alma Dance School Interview with Vilma Machin

Vilma MachinAlma Dance School (ADS) in Wheaton, Illinois, is a Cuban method professional ballet training facility for young talents interested in building a strong foundation in ballet and pursuing a career in dance. ADS is owned by, and under the direction of, two Cuban principal dancers and award-winning coaches: Guillermo Leyva and Vilma Machin. Both are former professional dancers and experienced teachers who have coached many students. Under the direction of Guillermo and Vilma, students have entered the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix Competition, winning both New York finals and Midwest regionals. Alma Dance School focuses on developing dancers under the very technical, elegant and powerful Cuban method of ballet. This method allows young students to increase their self-discipline, attention, strength, flexibility and agility, not only in ballet, but in other forms of dance as well. At ADS, they have four ballet divisions that offer classes, ranging from basic ballet technique for new dancers to pre-professional classes designed for students needing the tools and techniques to pursue a career in dance. The skills taught at Alma Dance School could easily lead to a career as a professional dancer or even acceptance into a variety of college programs. The Children’s Division is coordinated (more…)

Murrieta Mesa High School Dance Program Interview with Penny Chidester

“. . . the biggest mistake she sees dancers make is their thinking being a good dancer is all about the ability to do “tricks.”

Murrieta Mesa High School in Murrieta, California, is a comprehensive public high school offering a full curriculum of dance classes ranging from beginning to advanced. There are performance opportunities throughout the school year for all dance program students. The two big shows are the winter dance showcase and the spring dance production. There is an extracurricular dance team for those dancers who want to be more involved with the school beyond the class and stage experience.dscn1589-2crop

In the opinion of Penny Chidester, the Dance Program Director, what sets their program apart from other high school dance programs is the fact that there is a place for any student who has the desire to learn about the art and skill of dance.

Penny’s proudest moment as a dance coach occurred when the music cut out in the middle of a dance team performance in a packed gym at a varsity basketball game halftime. The dance team continued to the end of the dance without skipping a beat and received a standing ovation from everybody in the gym. It made her (more…)

Newport Dance Theater Interview with Kimberly Davis


Dancers need a loving place to grow into artists, and a safe place they can come to where they feel at home and where everyone shows respect and care for each other.

Newport Dance Theatre in Costa Mesa, California, is intertwined with, and located in the same facility as, Newport Dance and Fitness. They interviewed Kimberly Davis, the Owner and Director of Newport Dance Theater and Co-Owner, with Bristin Andreae, of Newport Dance and Fitness. unnamed

The dance studio was started by Kim’s mother in 2005 and is still family owned and operated. Most of their dance teachers have, or are in the process of receiving, college degrees in dance or have been teaching dance for over 15 years. Their studio offers classes for adults and children starting at 18 months old. Their wide variety of dance classes includes; ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, tumbling, lyrical, and contemporary. Their classes appeal to children of all ages and levels. Whether they are recreational dancers looking to take a weekly class for fun or more dance-focused and striving to be a part of their dance competition team, they have a place and a class for everyone.

Their focus is on teaching the highest level of dance technique, (more…)

Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance Interview with Dana McGuire

Team PhotoPriscilla and Dana’s School of Dance in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area, is a place to learn, grow and have fun. They provide dance instruction for dancers of all ages and abilities. According to Dana McGuire, Co-Owner of Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance, dancing and owning their own studio runs in the family especially, when you consider that Priscilla is Dana’s mom.

Dana believes that every studio is unique in its own way. She believes that P and D has an unbelievable staff.  They all love what they do, and truly want what is best for each dancer.  In addition, their dancers are very well-rounded.  One of the most common (and rewarding) compliments they get from judges is how versatile their dancers are. They excel in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop.

Since 1969, Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance has provided professional dance instruction in both recreational and competitive classes in tap, ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz and hip hop for children ages 3 and up.

They provide their dance classes in two formats – Combination Classes and Technique Young Girlclasses. All combination classes (i.e., ballet/tap/jazz) perform a routine in P and D’s annual recital. P and D’s specialized technique classes are (more…)

Tooele Valley Academy of Dance Interview with Sarah Westhora

At Tooele High SchoolTooele Valley Academy of Dance in Tooele, Utah, is 100% ballet! Established in 2009 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, they are able to reach their mission and goals through both private and public support. Both the City of Tooele and the State of Utah have funded their programs throughout these last few years. Additionally, individuals and corporations have donated to their cause. This enables them to produce high caliber performances and gives them the opportunity to offer scholarships to those in need. They are run by a board of directors. Sarah Westhora, the Ballet Director, sits as the Vice President on the board.

Their Academy produces two full-length ballets per year. She has personally directed Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty. They also created their own ballet in 2012 based off Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. For each ballet they produce, they cast approximately 200 roles. They offer open auditions for the solo and demi-solo roles.

Tooele Valley also auditions a “company” of dancers for the season. These company members are encouraged to attend as many classes as they are able throughout the year and are given service and team building opportunities. They dance in every production as the corps de (more…)

Elite Dance Studio Interview with Dyan Lopez-Fiamengo

Elite Dance StudioDynamic, inspirational, motivational, impressive, nurturing, educational, technical, family feel, inviting, quaint, one on one training, personable, and energetic feel – that is how Elite Dance Studio Rolling Hills Estates, California is described.

Their instructors have worked with top industry professionals and artists! They bring a fresh perspective and top technique to every student; Whether it is the student’s first dance class or they are a seasoned young professional, everyone receives an elite education in dance and movement.

According to Dyan Lopez-Fiamengo,  Owner and Director, they are a hands-on studio. They use muscle memory techniques, resistance training, core training, and have a strong technical foundation in all of their training.  They offer instruction in a small class setting focusing on quality, not quantity, getting the maximum results in a short period of time. Dancers come to us with little or no training and in one year they are competing against the top studios in the State beating most of them.

Dyan has several proud moments like watching her students dance on Broadway, dance and choreograph for Britney Spears, Prince, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Rockettes, start their own dance teams at the local high schools, choreograph for Dancing With the Stars, Hough brother Sister team, etc. But (more…)

Colorado Conservatory of Dance Interview with Julia Wilkinson Manley

Group PhotoAccording to Julia Wilkinson Manley, CEO & Artistic Director, Colorado Conservatory of Dance (CCD) in Broomfield, Colorado, believes in a better life through dance. Colorado Conservatory of Dance serves a broad spectrum of students every year and is committed to every student regardless of age, ability, aspiration, or socio-economic status. CCD students regularly win top honors at area ballet competitions and gain entry into some of the nation’s most respected college dance programs and summer dance programs. CCD provides its students with high-quality performance experiences that include a year-end Gala performance and CCD’s annual production of The Nutcracker, which brings students together with professional dancers. The school’s Student Company gives upper level students a pre-professional company experience that includes community education performances and culminates in an annual production at the end of each school year. Additionally, CCD provides a summer dance program, which attracts students from across the nation. Additionally, CCD is a non-profit dance education organization.

The Colorado Conservatory of Dance provides the highest quality dance education in both contemporary and contemporary styles.  CCD uses dance to foster community, create positive influence and inspire the individual.

They serve more than 400 students per year and are committed to every student regardless of (more…)