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Center Stage Dance Studio Interview with Mary Pilalis, Director

Center Stage Dance Studio, in Bloomingdale, Illinois, is described by Mary Pilalis, their Director, as a great studio with a family environment that includes the nationally renowned Aspire Dance Company, the Center Stage Dance Studio Performing Troupe which performs at community events, and their 30 weekly recital classes. This year they are excited to add a tumbling program.
For Excellence in dance, Center Stage has been serving suburban Chicagoland for over 15 years. They pride themselves on not only being the biggest dance studio in the area but also the best! Center Stage is a family owned and operated business based in Bloomingdale. They offer Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Dance Poms and Tumbling. In addition, they offer technique classes or recital classes and classes for both boys and girls. Whatever you think you are looking for, we have the perfect class to suit your needs.
Center Stage has been named by the Federation of Dance Competitions as one of the top 10 dance studios in the United States, by Dancer Magazine as one of the top 25 dance studios in North America and by the Daily Herald as the best place to dance in (more…)

Aspire Dance Studio Interview with Alexia Liavas

Aspire Dance Studio in Thousand Oaks, California, is owned by Alexia Liavas who is also the Company Director, a Choreographer and one of the teachers at the studio. Aspire’s mission statement is “We nurture and feed the soul, body and mind through dance.”  It is a place of nurturing through dance.  They teach their dancers to be the best they can be—not only in dance, but also in life.

In Alexia’s opinion what separates their dance studio from other dance studios is the fact that Aspire truly has amazing teachers who care about each and every student.  Each student dancing at Aspire is not just a number in a class, but an individual.  According to Alexia, they are there to help each student reach their highest potential and to be their best!  They also honor the artistry and history of dance, and go beyond just teaching “steps.”

Aspire offers beginning through advanced dance classes for students from 2 years old through adult. The classes they provide include Toddler Classes, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Stretch & Strength, Tumbling, Jazz Technique, Musical Theater, Boy’s Classes and classes specifically for teens and adults.

In addition to offering dance classes, Aspire is the (more…)

Edge Studio of Dance Interview with Kim Kelliher and Jeannie Wozniak

Kim Kelliher and Jeannie Wozniak, the co-founders and co-owners of Edge Studio of Dance in Canton, Massachusetts, relate that they have strived to make Edge Studio a 13warm and nurturing environment to foster and encourage the love of dance.  There are three levels of dance training offered at Edge Studio so there is a fit for everyone and all types of dancers from the recreation dancers to the advanced company members. They pride themselves on making their dancers well-rounded in many styles of dance.  Edge Studio offers many styles of dance – ballet,  jazz, lyrical jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, improv, acrobatics and technique classes. Edge has also been recognized for its excellent in acrobatic training and the studio is honored to be certified through Acrobatic Arts.

Kim believes that their studio is unique among other dance studios because of their commitment to a friendly and inclusive atmosphere that stems from the top directors. They believe in having a healthy atmosphere so that they can focus on training and technique. Edge may be a competitive dance school but it is important to also help encourage their students to grow into thoughtful and compassionate young adults.

Kim’s proudest moments are watching the lifespan of their young students grow into talented dancers and (more…)

Amy’s All Star Dance Studio Interview with Andi Thompson

Amy’s All Star Dance Studio, in Schertz, Texas, is a Christian based dance studio owned by Amy Mucha, better known as “Ms. Amy.” Their office manager, Andi Thompson, describes their dance studio as a family based, people friendly school where everyone is welcome no matter what their dance abilities are. It doesn’t matter if they are an extremely qualified student or just beginning at the age of 12 or 13. They will help any dancer.

This year, they started a dance class for special needs children up to, and including, wheelchairs and leg braces which, in Andi’s opinion, is one of the things that separates their dance studio from other studios in the area. Andi’s younger daughter and Amy’s younger sister, Amanda, graduated from the University of Incarnate Word and was on the UIW dance squad. Her goal was to ultimately work in dance therapy with a focus on special needs children! Conse1quently, after waiting two years until Amanda graduated from college, Amy’s All Stars started this special needs class which Amanda teaches. As far as they know, they are the only studio in the area with special needs classes. Andi believes another reason they stand out is the fact that they (more…)

Steppin’ Out Dance Company and The Next Step Dance Studio Interview with Darcey Sunken

Steppin’ Out Dance Company is Next Step Dance Studio’s competitive dance team and was created to develop a positive environment where serious dancers can grow as performers and technicians, as well as increase their self-esteem, self-discipline, and pride in their accomplishments. As members of Steppin’ Out, the dancers become more precise and enthusiastic, improve their dance technique, and learn how to be responsible team members. They value the process, not just the award at the end, and they encourage their dancers to appreciate all accomplishments, no matter how small. This process will help the dancers learn to respect others and themselves. It is also important to Steppin’ Out that their choreography and costumes are appropriate to each dancer’s age and technique level.

Darcey Sunken, is the Director and Head Coach of the Steppin’ Out Dance Company. Darcey grew up in a dance family and knew that she was meant to be a dance instructor by the time she was just thirteen years old. In 2010, Ms. Darcey followed her dreams and introduced The Next Step Dance Studio to Bloomington/Normal. Ms. Darcey was the owner of the Next Step until 2013, when she realized that her passion was annual studio showcases and the (more…)

Footlights Dance Studio Interview with Amy Parsons

Footlights Dance Studio is a Christian dance studio with both a competitive track or performance only classes in Flower Mound, Texas.  Their focus is on growing and developing strong dance technique and performance ability in a more conservative, positive environment.  In order to keep their dance routines wholesome, they are careful with song lyrics, choreography and costuming.  Their instructors are highly qualified and great role models both inside and outside the studio space.  They have strong results at competitions and do multiple community performances as well as offering opportunities for conventions, master classes and trips!

According to Amy Parsons, Owner and Director, in addition to their careful selection of music, costumes and choreography, they want their students to still be able to be kids and participate in other activities where possible.  They believe very much that the joy of dance should be able to be shared by all, not just those dedicating ten hours a week to dance.  If a student wants to take a couple dance classes for fun and exercise, that’s okay! They also offer optional worship dance opportunities and devotionals at various times throughout the year.

Amy believes there are three main qualities that make Footlights unique. They are: 1) (more…)

The Dance Zone

The Dance Zone in Henderson, Nevada, is a dynamic environment where children ages 2 to 18 years old come to be nurtured and to learn in the art of dance. They offer programs to their youngest dancers designed to engage and develop their love of movement.  They continue the growth and development of their dancers through the use of a curriculum that allows them to provide consistency and progress in the classroom.  They share that progress with their students’ parents several times a year through their “Parent Watch Weeks,” and encourage open communication between teachers and parents.  Above all, they cherish their students as people and love watching them grow into amazing people.

In the opinion of Jami Artiga and Kaydee Francis, Owners, what separates their dance studio from other studios is “inclusion.” At The Dance Zone, they truly feel that they have developed programs that give every dancer an opportunity to feel amazing about themselves.  They take great pride in the fact that their faculty and staff provide the same level of service and teaching whether the student dances once a week in a recital class, twice a week on a beginning level team or 5 to 6 days a week (more…)

Dance Impressions Interview with Kandee Allen

Dance Impressions with studios in both Bountiful and Farmington, Utah, just celebrated their 25th year. Kandee Allen and her mom, Vivian Colobella, started the dance studio together in a small 900 square foot space and they have now grown to two locations with nine classrooms. It is now under the direction of Kandee and Mallorie Johns. They offer classes to dancers of all ages and abilities. They believe that anyone can dance and everyone should. They offer a wide variety of dance classes including jazz, contemporary, classical ballet, tap, acro, hip hop and more.  Their mission is “To teach dancers the values of dedication, discipline, and hard work while instilling a love for the art of dance.”

They have a large competitive program but also have a wonderful artistic performing company offering professional level training to all dancers.  They also have over 50 recreational classes each week.  They have experienced, professional instructors which include a large number of their alumni.

Dance Impressions’ alumni have gone on to perform on Broadway, The West End, College, NFL,  and NBA dance teams and cheerleaders, Television, Olympic opening ceremonies, Disney, Movies, Internationally, with music artists, and many who have opened studios of their own and more.

In Kandee’s opinion, their dance studio (more…)

Gainesville Dance Center Interview with Patricia Bray

At the Gainesville Dance Center (GDC) in Gainesville, Virginia, they believe that a student should leave his or her class with a strong sense of accomplishment. Instruction at Gainesville takes place in a nurturing environment. The discipline and commitment to be one’s full “self” is taught in their classes and they want that knowledge to stay with their students for a lifetime. The artistic facility at GDC places children, teens, and adults in classes appropriate to each individual’s level of ability and strength. Each class placement is determined by the age of the student and the number of years in training the student has acquired. Students are continuously monitored and moved to higher levels as the student’s progress permits.

Gainesville is a second generation, family-owned dance studio located in Northern Virginia. Their professional staff of instructors is accredited with numerous International and American Associations including such as Royal Academy of Dance, Checchetti Council of America, Vaganova, Dance Masters of America Dance Educators of America, and Professional Dance Teachers Association. They also feature Master Classes throughout the season that are taught by “special guests” that are always a pleasant surprise to all area dancers!

Gainesville is very excited to be celebrating their 15th Year Anniversary! Their dance program is geared to the recreational student as well as (more…)

Storytellers Dance Academy Interview with Robert Brower

Robert Brower, Owner and Director, describes Storytellers Dance Academy LLC (SDA) in Stallings, North Carolina, as a safe, fun place for all kinds of dancers to come and enjoy themselves. With every single class, they are always trying to create a fun environment for the dancers, because they feel that this truly inspires the dancers to keep pushing further. At the end of the day, SDA believes that dance should be a fun experience for the entire family. They also focus on living up to their name and telling stories with each dance they perform. They never want the audience to know quite what to expect the next time they see them out on the stage.

Robert believes their studio stands out from others because their main focus is not only on encouraging their dancers to grow, but also on creating a fun environment for both their dancers and their families. From every competition to every recital, they want to create the best possible experience for what they call their entire SDA family. They built their studio around the thought that, years down the road, their dancers will not remember exactly which trophies they won or titles they received, but they will (more…)