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The Dance Griffs Interview with Kaitlynn Hudden and Lauren Myslinski

Kaitlynn Hudden and Lauren Myslinski are the coaches of the Canisius College Dance Team from Buffalo, New York, known as The Dance Griffs.  They describe The Dance Griffs as a dance team that performs at all of Canisius’ home men and women’s basketball games. At basketball games, their goal is to bring entertainment and enthusiasm to the Canisius fans. They also participate in volunteer opportunities and local competitions. Canisius College is a small school with a big heart and their dance team takes pride in all of their athletic teams.

Kaitlynn and Lauren strive to provide a dance team where girls become family and are elevated from school stressors. The members of the team are able to enjoy dancing, while having fun and forming close relationships.

In Kaitlynn’s and Lauren’s opinion, one of their biggest differences from other dance teams is their pure dedication for their team, school and dance. Every girl on the team holds a high level of respect for their teammates and the Canisius College Golden Griffins. Their ultimate goal is to both have fun and enjoy dancing for their school. This is proven through their performances. Therefore, one of their biggest differences from other dance teams is their pure dedication (more…)

The Dance Warehouse, LLC Interview with Dr. Cheryl L. Sington

Team PhotoAccording to Dr. Cheryl L. Sington, the Owner and Executive Director of The Dance Warehouse, LLC (TDW) in Fort Meyers, Florida, their studio is Lee County’s Premier Performing Arts Training Facility. They provide Pre Professional Training in all genres of the Performing Arts for students starting at the age of 18 months old. They are a family friendly, student focused studio with a 12 to 1 teacher student ratio. They offer over 6,000+ square feet of space, with a comfortable, oversized lobby, dressing rooms, vocal studios, boutique, and personalized service for all!

From Cheryl’s point of view, their dance studio stands out from other studios by the teaching they offer. Not only does their studio bring a family friendly feel to the environment, they are also able to offer multiple teachers so that students can train with various teachers in all genres. They also offer Master Classes each month so that their students are consistently exposed to dance beyond their studio and the industry of commercial dance, dance programs, artists as well as history and the legends that have paved the way for the world of dance today!

Cheryl says her proudest moment coaching was making the decision to separate from a partner (more…)

The Dance Company Conservatory, Inc. Interview with Brandon Harneck

RehearsalThe Dance Company Conservatory (TDCC) owned by Laurie Langolf and Jessica McPhail has been serving Port Huron, Michigan, and the surrounding area since 1983. We interviewed the educational Director Brandon Harneck for this article.

Brandon grew up dancing at The Dance Company Conservatory as a child before pursuing his BA in dance at Grand Valley State University. As an undergrad, he had the opportunity to perform the works of many guest artists such as Julie Blume, Autumn Eckman, Lauren Edson and Lizzie MacKenzie. While in Grand Rapids, Brandon also performed with Dance in the Annex, Momentum, Opera Grand Rapids, The Grand Rapids Symphony and the West Michigan Youth Ballet.

He later spent two years dancing professionally with Thodos Dance Chicago in Illinois where he had the privilege to tour and perform contemporary and historic works by notable choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Ann Reinking, Sybil Shearer, Lucas Crandall, Brian Enos, Kristina Isabelle and more.

In July, 2015, he returned to his home studio to teach full-time and to help provide new opportunities to dancers in the area. Brandon is a passionate educator and choreographer, having created many student and professional works throughout Illinois and Michigan. Brandon currently serves as the community outreach coordinator as (more…)

Tawn Marie’s Dance Centre Interview with Tawn Campolieti

Stage PerformanceTawn Marie’s Dance Centre  (TMDC) is located in Syracuse outside the village of Liverpool, New York.  Tawn Marie Campolieti, Artistic Director, describes her studio as a place where students feel like they are home.  They teach strong technique and strong character to students who strive to be the best that they can be. TMDC aims to challenge all of their dancers to achieve their personal excellence while at the same time experiencing the joy of dance. They offer dance classes  for preschool to adults ranging from recreational to competitive dances in several genres such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tumbling and Acrobatics and including classes meant to introduce dance to Pre-School and Kindergarten students.

In Tawn Marie’s opinion, their studio stands out amongst other studios because they not only go the extra mile to make sure that they are providing the best all around training in the area but they run their school like a family. Their students never want to leave.  Additionally, Tawn Marie and  her teaching staff teach in a collaborative effort.  They work together as a team to become the strongest team possible.

Tawn Maries Dance Centre has had an award-winning competitive team since 1996. They believe they achieved (more…)

The Scripps Performing Arts Academy Interview with Miah Nwosu

Angela Drew MiahThe Scripps Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) has two locations in San Diego, California.  For this article, we interviewed Miah Nwosu, the Academy Principal of SPAA and the Artistic Director of their Youth Company in Residence, Scripps Ballet Theatre, the Academy. Miah describes SPAA as a training facility that places equal value on technical, artistic and whole person development of each and every student that walks through their doors, regardless of the student’s long term goals.

Scripps provides strong, diverse training in a familial atmosphere where students feel comfortable to explore their boundaries and receive positive feedback. They care about their students as individuals and tailor their schedules and training programs to their needs. They recognize that each dancer is an individual and an invaluable part of their studio family.

According to Miah, it is very hard for her to narrow her proudest moments as a coach down to just one moment. In the class or rehearsal sense, she says it has to be when she sees a student working on applying a correction, artistic or technical instruction, have that moment where it clicks. It is a wonderful thing to see them recognize that their hard work has paid off! In the long-term sense, (more…)

Legacy School of Dance, LLC, Interview with Kimberly R. Ligatti

TeamThe Legacy School of Dance, LLC (LSD) in Midlothian, Virginia, offers excellence in dance training for ages two through adult, beginning to advanced students. According to Kimberly R. Ligatti, their Artistic Director and Co-Owner, whether Legacy’s students dance strictly for recreation or they desire to have a profession in dance, they receive the same treatment. LSD is committed to developing the total dancer, through student-centered instruction, where students are trained in proper dance technique, and encouraged in scholastic achievement, giving the student a sense of pride and accomplishment. They offer classes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Contemporary, Tap and Modern Dance. Most of these classes are also available in their Adult Dance Classes.

Kimberly and Mary Farr-Maynard, the other Co-Owner, describe Legacy as a place “where dance is more than just something you do, it’s a part of who you are!”

Legacy’s studios truly facilitate a learning environment, with specially designed oak sprung floors, Harlequin supported floors, and proper barres and mirrors. It is their goal to ensure the correct development and care for their dancers.

In Kimberly’s opinion, Legacy is set apart from other studios because they are open to all students – no matter what their background in dance. LSD creates (more…)

LEAP Interview with Claire Call

Stage performanceLEAP is DDC’s (Detroit Dance Collective) new creative dance company for children. LEAP, conceived in the fall of 2015, is offered to children of all ages and abilities by DDCdances, a Detroit metro based professional modern dance company currently celebrating its 36th season. DDC does not own a dance studio, therefore, the Borgo School of Dance in Royal Oak, Michigan, has generously provided space and a home to conduct DDC’s LEAP program. DDCdances is well known in schools and communities surrounding Royal Oak, Michigan, for their exciting classes for children of all ages and abilities. DDC provides a positive learning environment where boys and girls experience a joyful way to explore movement through music, develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination, and promote creativity.

LEAP will offer every child the opportunity to explore the arts, discover the creativity within them, celebrate their accomplishments, and share the products of their work with family, friends, and others. LEAP is directed by Claire Call, DDC dance artist, performer, choreographer, and educator. Claire’s dance training began at the Borgo School of Dance in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was a member of the H2 Dance Company during her attendance at Hope College from 2010 to 2014. Under the (more…)

Centre Dance Interview with Nicole Swope

BallerinasCentre Dance in State College, Pennsylvania, is for the recreational as well as the more involved dancer. They are a diversified school that caters to each level, which are separated according to age, interest, and commitment.  At Centre Dance, they believe in both the larger commitment for their dance careers and the recreational equally.  In the nine months of their season, they focus on basic dance technique, the development of performance qualities and refined motor skills, and on individual correction as needed. They are proud to offer a wide range of classes. Their classes are taught by an exciting, young faculty who is always learning the newest techniques and styles emerging in the world of dance. Centre Dance offers Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary.

Nicole Swope, their Director, studied and taught ballet, tap and jazz with Deborah Anthony at the Allegheny Ballet Academy in Altoona.  She has also choreographed the opening and closing number for Centre County’s Outstanding Young Woman Program for about twenty years. Also, she is a member of Dance Masters of America.

In the opinion of their Director, Centre Dance stands out from other studios because they offer excellent dance technique and performance grooming instruction.  They focus on the well (more…)

Broadway Bound Dance Center Interview with Kim Helfrich

Kim HelfrichBroadway Bound Dance Center (BBDC) has been in operation in Lebanon, Hunterdon County, New Jersey for 19 years. They offer instruction for ages 2 through adult in all areas of dance beginner thru advanced; recreational dance classes and a competition dance team called “The Force” for the more experienced dancer. They provide a friendly atmosphere, and their students get a sense of accomplishment when they are dancing.

BBDC provides dance training for students of all ages.  Their objective is to develop technical training with an emphasis on creativity, musicality, artistry, flexibility, quality of movement and performance.  They offer classes for all levels – from beginning students to dancers who hope to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Broadway Bound is dedicated to finding and exceeding each student’s goals and potential in dance. Whether the student is taking a single class for fun and/or exercise, or trying to get into the college dance program of their dreams, Broadway Bound is there to support them. BBDC is considered a large studio because they run over 100 classes a week. Consequently, there is something for everyone. Membership in Intensive, Core and Team programs are by audition only. It is BBDC’s goal to place students in (more…)

DanceTech Performing Company Interview with Lauren Clark

DanceTech2DanceTech Performing Co. is a student led intermediate/advanced level dance organization at Georgia Institute of Technology with a focus of performing for local charity events, such as American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Children’s Miracle Network’s Dance Marathon. Although, the organization is primarily students, our weekly classes are open to the public. Lauren Clark is the Co-founder and Director of DanceTech Performing Company.

In Lauren’s opinion, DanceTech is different from other college dance programs because it is specialized to suit students at Georgia Institute of Technology, who wish to continue to learn and grow their dance ability. With the high rigor of the school, our company creates an encouraging and stress-free environment while maintaining quality classes and performances.

There have been two major events that have made Lauren proud as an instructor. As a student organization, they often get lost in the stress of college life. Yet the first year as an organization, they had the opportunity to break from classes to perform at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. The moment watching the children’s faces illuminate with excitement when offered Female Dancersthe opportunity to dance was incredible. She could not have been more invested in ensuring the company’s success.

Last year, they were hired as (more…)