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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…)

Setting the Barre Interview with Kirsten Evans

KirstenKirsten Evans, company dancer with Festival Ballet Providence, is the author of Setting the Barre. ( Setting the Barre is the written rambling of Kirsten’s conscience – an attempt to chronicle her adventures as a professional ballet dancer, both onstage and off.  For Kirsten, blogging spawned from her habit of constant journaling. She has always found writing to be very therapeutic, and from this practice the blog has grown into her designated place for uncensored self-discovery. It is a documented outlet for all of the words her body works so hard to convey through movement.

Her happiest dance-related moment came two seasons ago, when she was promoted from Apprentice to full Company Dancer mid-season. She had been working very hard learning and performing two different roles in Balanchine’s Agon as well as working as an original cast member in an entirely new contemporary ballet by their resident choreographer, Viktor Plotnikov. In her many years as a student with the affiliated school and trainee with the company, she had never seen a dancer promoted in the middle of a season. So, it felt very monumental. Hearing that announcement following the opening performance was truly a moment of pure joy and gratification. As dancers, (more…)

March Dancer of the Month

March Dancer of the MonthBDancewear’s Dancer of the Month for March, 2015, is Remy Thompson. Remy is 14 years old and has been dancing since she was three. Not only is she an accomplished dancer, she is also an Honor Roll Student. She has received all A’s in honors classes at Robert E. Lee High School!

Remy started dancing at the age of three in a recreational program and has been dancing ever since. For the last eight years she has been dancing competitively at Strictly Rhythm. Remy has won many first place, high scores and titles at competitions. Her recent “happiest moment” dancing was on March 14, 2015 when she won the title of Miss Teen Believe at the Believe competition.

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She found the booty shorts she bought from BDancewear to be very comfortable and pretty. She bought a pair of pink booty shorts and a pair of black booty shorts. She uses the pink booty shorts with one of her costumes and uses the black booty shorts for daily rehearsals at Strictly Rhythm. She says that “their customer service is beyond exemplary!!”

Remy’s goal for this year is to perform her absolute best whether she wins or not!!  She hopes to attend Pace University in New (more…)

The Expressions Dance Studio Interview With Takeya Griffin

Today’s interview is with Takeya Griffin, the director of Expressions Dance Studio in Brockton, Kids at Expressions Dance StudioMassachusetts.  Takeya believes their studio is different from others because they are a small studio and that enables them to give special one-on-one attention to their students both inside and outside of class particularly to those who are having difficulty or falling behind. They have a small student to teacher ratio so it’s like getting one-on-one attention whenever you need it and makes for a very supportive environment. Also, their teaching staff has different teaching methods so if one doesn’t work for a student another teacher may be able to articulate the movement better.

In order to help keep her dancers motivated, she likes to highlight what makes them special as a dancer, why they like to dance and how it makes them feel inside.  She wants them to know they aren’t just another body but are unique and they give something individual and special that no one else can give to the craft. She tries to encourage them to not compare themselves to other people.  She reinforces that no two bodies are alike, and if everyone were the same dancer would be very boring.

Takeya says her proudest (more…)

One For All Dance Academy Interview With Jessica Shoop Williams

According to Jessica Shoop Williams, the Co-owner and Artistic Director of One For All Dance Academy, LLC in Columbia, Maryland, they have a very distinct mission: to nurture dance passion in an environment that makes everyone feel good. Individualized attention for each of their dancers is Jessica Shoop Williamsprovided by their experienced and caring faculty and staff, she believes that is really what sets them apart. They want to help their studio family be the best that they can be and will go to great lengths to do so. As a result, the relationships fostered in their studio are exceptionally strong and there is a lot of trust in their studio. When she asked her senior dancers what set their studio apart, the answer that they came up with was “No Drama!” Their dancers and staff are truly supportive of each other both inside and outside of the studio.

As a studio, they like to motivate with positivity. Their dancers are told continually that they can do anything and as long as they work hard, there is no “impossible.” An accomplishment for one dancer is an accomplishment for the whole studio. They celebrate when someone does something well, and that motivates the other dancers (more…)

The Dance Centers of Orlando Interview With Lynn Ayers

We interviewed Lynn Ayers, the owner of the Dance Centers of Orlando in Fern Park, a suburb of Orlando, Florida, and the mother of one of the dancers.  In her opinion, the Dance Centers of Orlando stands out because of their family atmosphere where they respect the children and parents, Dance Centers of Orlando Performanceas well as the parent.  Additionally, their dancers are still receiving quality training and no “dance moms” are allowed.

Lynn believes that everyone at Dance Centers of Orlando are committed to making this the best dance studio in the area, providing the finest dance instruction in Orlando and the rest of Central Florida.

Dance Centers of Orlando provides quality instruction and choreography in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern, Strength and Toning, plus all types of Cirque du Soleil classes and more.

Lynn believes that any studio can say they have the best teachers, but her teacher’s reputations speak for themselves.  Their dance and acrobatics instructors are working professionals in the dance world with years of combined teaching experience behind them.  Additionally, their teachers are talented professionals in the dance world and provide quality dance instruction.  Their faculty and guest instructors include past and present performers from Broadway, Blue Man (more…)

The Thomas School of Dance Interview With Jane Bragg

Amazingly, The Thomas School of Dance in, Bangor, Maine,  has been providing quality dance training in the greater Bangor area for over 85 years and in all these years has had only two directors!   ­The Thomas School of Dance Dancerscurrent director, Jane Bragg,  has been the director since 1983.  Former students are teaching and performing throughout the state, the nation and the world. The school offers classes in a variety of dance styles and is fortunate to have a former Balanchine dancer, Ivy Clear-Forrest, as the head of its classical ballet department. Students travel as much as 2 – 2 ½ hours to take classes with Ivy. Jane believes the Thomas School of Ballet offers the best training in the area.

Jane understands the benefit and allure of competitions so they do send students to one competition a year. However, they do not focus on competitions but try to give their students ample opportunity to perform. They are the official training school for Bangor Ballet which is celebrating its 20th season this year.  Most of their advanced students are part of this organization and their younger dancers can aspire to become part of Bangor Ballet.  Even before they are advanced enough to be “in” the company, the younger dancers (more…)

Ballet Austin Interview With Vicki Parsons

I had the pleasure of interviewing Vicki Parsons who is the director of the Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School in Austin, Texas. The Butler Community School is a non-profit school offering Austin Ballet Adultsclasses to people of all ages and experience levels in all different styles. The school has some classes for kids but they mostly target adults ranging from age 18 to 80.  All kinds of classes are offered at the school ranging from jazz and hip hop to hula and African Jazz to Pilates and Zumba.  The school offers over 100 classes per week and in the past year, the Butler Community School has had over 5,000 people come to their school to take classes.  The school is also part of a Ballet academy which helps ballet dancers become professionals.  The Academy has over 900 students and is one of the largest ballet schools in the country. The Academy has been open for 57 years and has had many talented people come through their doors.

Vicki ParsonsVicki’s primary role is to develop, implement and manage dance and fitness programming in the Butler Community School, and through classes and community-based programs, promote the value of life-long health and well-being through a wide variety of movement (more…)

Center Stage Dance Studio Interview With Pier Sircello

Today’s interview is with Pier Sircello of Center Stage Dance Studio in Hilo, Hawaii.  It provided us with a very interesting insight of Pier and her studio.  Pier and all of her dance

instructors, sincerely care about their students as individuals inside and outside of the dance studio.  They feel that they are training not just dancers but individuals, who they want to help grow up to be caring individuals who will give back to their communities. Center Stage works hard to raise the bar there on Hawaii Island.  They put forth a high quality program.  Pier carefully screens instructors to make sure they understand and value their unique culture and also know the technique that they are teaching.  All of Pier’s instructors have at least some professional experience and many also have degrees in dance.  Her instructors and many of the older and more advanced dancers mentor younger dancers at their studio. They also have many male dancers at the studio. They start as hip- hop and break dancers, but many end up taking ballet and getting fairly serious about it.

Pier mentors a lot of teenagers outside of the studio doors.  she just talks to the kids and lets them know (more…)