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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…)

Candance Academy with Candace Szarka

Candace Szarka, the Owner and Director of Candance Academy in Mantua, Ohio, says her studio strives to put family first, to be positive role models, to have excellence, create leaders, exceed expectations, teach life lessons while giving dance lessons, give back to their community and have a “with it – dream it – do it” attitude.

In Candace’s opinion, they stand out from other dance studio because of their affiliation with More Than Just Great Dancing. At Candance Academy, they teach their kids life lessons through dance and make them not only a great dancer but also a great child, teen, and adult.

Candace’s proudest moment teaching cannot really be summed up to one specific event. However, she says she is the proudest when she sees students return year after year and make those improvements each year, set goals for themselves as a single student or a group and then watch them succeed at their goals.

The biggest mistakes she sees dancers make is not fully applying themselves. Sometimes a student does not do their best because maybe they think they are not as good as another student. Being a dancer goes above and beyond just having great technique or winning multiple awards. Being (more…)

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…)

Dance Louisville Interview with Brian Barakauskas

TeamFive time world dance champion Brian Barakauskas, Owner and lead instructor at Dance Louisville (DL) in Louisville, Kentucky, describes their studio as Louisville’s favorite dance studio! After 10 years in business, Dance Louisville offers a large variety of dance classes for teens and adults, with world class dance training. They provide dance lessons in ballroom, salsa, swing and country. Those classes include Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Two Step, East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing, Two Step, Samba.

Dance Louisville has worked hard to create a professional and very friendly environment. In fact, they have been named the “Friendliest Studio” in the entire Midwest for three years in a row! At Dance Louisville, they really focus on the customer experience. Brian believes that many dance studios focus on just the dancing but they focus on the people, too! It is important to have every person who walks through their doors have a fantastic experience. They believe their studio is not only teaching dance but changing lives. Both their students and instructors are completely committed to bringing their students the best possible dance experience! Whether they come one time only or go on to become professional dancers, Dance Louisville wants people to have a (more…)

Broadway South Dance Studio Interview with Michelle Adams-Meeker

Michelle Adams-MeekerBroadway South Dance Studio (BSDS) in Mobile, Alabama, is owned by husband and wife team Michelle Adams-Meeker and Warren Meeker. Co-Owner and Director Michelle describes their studio as one providing a solid foundation for the recreational dancer as well as the dancer who wants to pursue a career in dance. Additionally, their versatile staff allows for dancers to train from all styles of teachers in all disciplines.

When Broadway South opened in October, 2006, Broadway South had approximately 200 students at their one of a kind, state of the art dance studio. Now in their tenth season, over 550 students call the award winning studio their home. With their large variety of classes and three family friendly locations to choose from (West Mobile, Regency and Saraland), they offer over 100 weekly choices in dance. Broadway South’s fascinating and versatile staff has been seen on ABC, ESPN, MTV, TLC, Style Network, Oxygen, and the stages of Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera House, and Madison Square Garden. Their teachers have trained at top schools such as New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center, Debbie Reynolds School, Gus Giordano, and Tisch School of the Arts.  Their performances include appearing with Ben (more…)

J.A.Z. Dance & More Interview with Joyce Zarcone

According to Joyce ZarcAcrobaticsone, Owner and Director of J.A.Z. Dance & More (“JAZ”) in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, they have a welcoming, fun atmosphere. J.A.Z. offers dance classes and dance instruction in: Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Tumbling, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Combination, Competition, and Zumba. They have students ranging from 2 ½ years old to 18 years old that are recreational and/or competitive dancers. JAZ has been in business for 21 years. They strive for their dance classes to be fun but to grow technical, beautiful dancers.

In Joyce’s opinion, JAZ stands out from other dance studios because they have the ability to maintain a strong group of recreational dancers and also a strong group of competitive Five Ladiesdancers.

Joyce’s proudest moment coaching occurred when she took two of her dancers, “Jimmy & Jody,” to Star Search (a very popular TV show in its day) and they won week after week. They finished the season as the Jr. Dance Champs!

From Joyce’s experience, she believes the biggest mistakes she sees dancers make have to do with form – feet not pointed, knees not straight, raised shoulders, no feeling in the expression, lack of technique in transitions, too much focus on tricks. All of these problems can be fixed with (more…)

Elizabeth’s Dance Dimensions Interview with Elizabeth Lanning

PerformanceElizabeth’s Dance Dimensions (“EDD”) in Kirkland, Washington, is an award winning, leading dance training and enrichment facility that has been in the Pacific Northwest since 1992.Their program instills lessons that last a lifetime – lessons like body awareness, positive self esteem, cognitive learning, concentration and focus, awareness of and respect for others. Their classes are challenging to both the recreational and competitive dancer and are appropriate for both boys and girls. Their exclusive staff of dance educators brings an array of professionalism and original choreography to each class! Their classes include Tiny Tutus, Creative Tiny Tots and Kinderchild, Pre Pro Kids, Pro Kids, Ballet, Jazz, Adult Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Turns, Leaps, & Progression, and Hip Hop.

As Artistic Director of EDD, Elizabeth Lanning strives for excellence at all levels of dance education while highlighting safe and proper technique. She has created syllabi for use in EDD’s pre-school dance program through their Level 2 dance program, ensuring that there is continuity among the teachers. The curriculums for Level 3 and above are set up to accommodate both the competitive and recreational dancer. Elizabeth is a motivational, vivacious and caring teacher. She teaches all levels of dance while also stressing her specialty – (more…)

Jazz Unlimited Studio of Dance Arts Interview with Carryl Slobotkin

PerformanceJazz Unlimited Studio of Dance Arts (“JU”) in Marlton, New Jersey, is a dance studio for all ages and all skill levels.  It is a place where students are constantly learning, growing and excelling in the art of dance as well as making lifelong friendships, creating precious memories and building self-confidence.

For over 40 years, their 1,500 student studio has created a reputation for excellence. Their school boasts a team of passionate, skilled teachers who have experience with professional dance companies, degrees in dance or both. Many of their instructors have been involved with Jazz Unlimited for over 20 years.

Keeping on top of current trends is an additional reason Jazz Unlimited continues to be one of the top dance studios in South Jersey. Their Owner and Artistic Director, Carryl Slobotkin, has years of experience choreographing and judging competitions which has given her the chance to work with some of the best, including the opportunity to choreograph for the Eagles’ cheerleaders. Carryl invites guest instructors on a regular basis to infuse classes with fresh techniques, styles, and moves which further inspires and energizes staff and students.

JU is a safe haven that allows dancers of all personalities and ages to express themselves. The studio (more…)

Soleunique Dance Complex Interview with Anthony Foster

SUDC OwnersThe Soleunique Dance Complex (”SUDC”) is Aurora, Illinois’ newest dance training facility catering, not only to entry-level dancers, but also guides pre-professional dancers towards their artistic career paths. They stand firm in their belief that early exposure to the arts is critical to the discovery and advancement of a child’s potential. The Soleunique Dance Complex has been created to further the physical, mental and artistic development of their community’s youth utilizing dance training as a direct-link of communication. Their organization is equipped with a multi-faceted and well-experienced staff and faculty qualified to work with children as young as three years of age upwards into adulthood. Decades of observation and research have lead them to identify three specific customer types for their business model: (1) Children and individuals between 3 and 18 years of age who are seeking an extra-curricular, physically recreational activity for their child or themselves. (2) Young adults between 9 and 18 years of age who strive to enhance their physical abilities in order to compliment an athletic program or sport. (3) Individuals who have a passionate relationship with dance artistry and have committed themselves to becoming professional dancers and/or performing artists.

From the simplicity of fundamental motor skills to the (more…)