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Inspire Dance Complex Interview with Brianna Alvarez

Brianna Alvarez, the Competition Team Director for Inspire Dance Complex in Corona, California, tells us that the Inspire Dance Complex is a positive and accepting environment where young dancers develop both dance technique and life skills such as, relationship building, perseverance, and thinking outside of the box.

According to Brianna, Inspire Dance Complex, IDC for short, is a fairly “young” studio, so it has been fun to watch how the studio culture has developed. She believes that what set’s them apart is that their students are “tight-knit” and encourage each other to be the best they can be.

Brianna says that her proudest moment coaching, thus far, was at this year’s (2017) recital. Her heart was so full after receiving post-show hugs from her dancers and it was then that she realized that she is making a positive impact on their lives.

In Brianna’s opinion, the biggest mistake she sees dancers make is a mistake that a lot of her dancers make which “is getting in their own heads.” She constantly reminds them that training is a head game. If they tell themselves that they cannot land three pirouettes or jump as high as another dancer, then they definitely will not accomplish those moves. (more…)

ProMotion Dance Interview with Brittany Hagan and Jessica Runnels

According to Brittany Hagan and Jessica Runnels, Co-Founders and Owners of ProMotion Dance, they help individuals and teams achieve their goal of reaching The Next Level. Whether through choreography, consultation, fitness guidance, audition attire or offering support, ProMotion is with their dancers every step of the way. Their passion is watching their dancers grow, learn and succeed in this industry. Success comes in many forms and as long as their dancers can walk away feeling like they’ve accomplished a goal, mastered a skill or feel prepared for that upcoming audition they feel they’ve made an impact along their journey.

They believe that there are many wonderful dance outlets, resources, and opportunities available for aspiring dancers but it is hard to find them all in the same place. At ProMotion Dance, they have compiled a combined 14 years of professional dance experience and created a product that provides nearly everything a dancer could want or need to be successful! Britanny and Jessica say they work hard for their dancers bringing them the latest and greatest to propel themselves to The Next Level because they know what it takes to be a part of this industry. Not only do they have a passion for (more…)

Funk Fusion Company Interview with Chante Erby

According to Mrs. Chante Erby, the Director of Funk Fusion Company in Morrilton,

Arkansas, Funk Fusion is all about building confidence in dancers and taking them to

the next level. They pride ourselves in teaching each student the basic fundamentals and

give each one the same amount of one on one time. They work hard and push for


In her opinion, what separates Funk Fusion from other studios is their ability to move

their students from city to city to allow them to learn from different instructors. They

also have professional teachers that give their hearts to the students. Chante believes

that it is very important for the student to know the basics of dance before they move a

student to the next level or on a competitive level. Funk Fusion does not move students

unless they showcase all skills needed first.

Chante’s proudest moments coaching occur when she is watching students grow up and

graduate High School or even College with the love of dance. There are always past

students that remember all the good things she has taught them about dance and life.

Some of the big mistakes Chante sees dancers make are dancing on a competitive level

without the knowledge of proper dance techniques. She will not allow any of her

students to (more…)

Kent Boyd

Kent Boyd, a professional dancer and choreographer, describes himself as energetic and passionate about life. He will never say “no” to a group game or activity. Kent loves expressing himself in many different ways and making people feel comfortable is important to him. In his opinion, his cat is the best cuddle partner in the world, but he is a dog person. 

In Kent’s opinion what separates his teaching style from others is the fact that his Musical Theatre class is more of a commercial style dance but takes a step further into character development. He loves creating “a moment” before the dance and setting a loose structure at the beginning, middle, and end. Kent encourages students to fill it in with how they would actually react to the story in their own life, which is extremely enjoyable because he gets to watch different variations of his choreography. It’s like a bunch of mini movies. 

According to Kent, his proudest moment teaching dance is just the feeling he gets when he allows a space for kids to be weird and a space for himself to be weird. He feels a big responsibility to lead these kids in a genuine, authentic way; (more…)

TNT Spirit Explosion Cheer, Dance and Tumble Interview with Nikki Taylor-Guidroz

According to Nikki Taylor-Guidroz, CEO/Director and Coach of TNT Spirit Explosion Cheer, Dance and Tumble in Hammond, Louisiana, there organization is family based and was created to give all athletes an equal opportunity to showcase their skills, talents and abilities. They believe that no child should be left behind. TNT has a team available for all athletes and on the off chance that there is not a team available, they will create one so that everyone is placed according to their skill level. At TNT, they cheer, they dance, they twirl, and they tumble.

In Nikki’s opinion, what separates their dance studio from other dance studios is their dedication to being a blessing to those who wish to participate but cannot afford to. Their commitment to making sure their athletes get the best training without charging extra. Their concerns include making sure their athletes make great grades in school before extracurricular activities.

Nikki’s proudest moments coaching occurred when they were 3 months into the dance world and won grand champion at a competition with all new dancers and also seeing all the athletes she trains tryout for cheer and dance at school and make the team for which they tried out.

The biggest mistakes (more…)

The Greater Boston School of Dance Interview with Kerrin Michaels

Kerrin Michaels is Owner and Director of the Greater Boston School of Dance (GBSD) in Boston, Massachusetts. The studio prides itself on is being a place for students that want to take their dancing to a new level. The staff is dedicated to making students stand out from the crowd. They are passionate about teaching proper technique, but even more passionate about good sportsmanship, kindness and while at competitions appreciation and support of other studios!

Having a strong musical theatre background, Kerrin knows how important it is for dancers to be “triple threats.” Every year, the dancers have to sing in at least one routine. This year they competed with a Musical Theatre Tap routine to “Anything Goes” where they had a lead singer and the team sang chorus. GBSD tries to push their dancers out of their comfort zone and do something that will make them better, stronger dancers in the long run.

Kerrin’s proudest moments as a coach occurred during their competitions this year. Not only did their team take home multiple first place trophies locally and nationally, but their studio was awarded “kindness” and “backstage awards” at several competitions this season. It was those awards that they celebrated the most. (more…)

Starstruck Dance Academy Interview with Emily Suing

According to Emily Suing, the owner and director of Starstruck Dance Academy, in Lincoln, Nebraska, their studio mission statement is “Dance should be about bringing out the best in every dancer, having fun, and helping dancers feel good about themselves.” They want their dancers to feel empowered in a positive learning environment.

In Emily’s opinion, what separates her dance studio from other dance studios is the fact that they have a staff that genuinely cares about their dancers. They like to keep their class sizes small for personal attention. Their classes are for all ages, two years old to adult, and they have something for everyone – from the recreational dancer to the competitive dancer.

Emily loves watching her dancers grow in their dance skills and seeing those moments when things click and they finally get something hard they have been working on. She also loves when her dancers become her assistant teachers and then later begin teaching for her. That is very rewarding for me.

Emily believes that dance is a sport and an art where you are always learning. She thinks it is important to remember to continue working hard even if you think a class is “too easy.” There is always (more…)

Leigh Purtill Ballet Interview with Leigh Purtill

Leigh Purtill of Leigh Purtill Ballet in the Pasadena/Los Angeles, California, area teaches beginner through advance ballet, including pointe. In Leigh’s words, she puts her dancers on stage! They perform at least twice a year – a spring show and Nutcracker.

She also has an amateur ballet company, Leigh Purtill Ballet Company, which is for adults only. In the past, the Company has performed small sections of Leigh’s original ballet, Sweet Sorrow, at venues such as the popular horror convention, Scare LA, in Pasadena and at the ARTNight Pasadena. They will be producing the full length version in October as the first full ballet of their repertory.

Leigh is always looking for performance opportunities for her students so they can experience dancing on a stage in front of an audience, learn choreography and costume design, and in some cases, fulfill lifelong dreams. She loves hearing from students that their dreams have come true when they finish a Nutcracker or other story ballet she has produced.

Leigh’s proudest moments as a teacher occur when she sees beginner students who have never performed in front of an audience or on a stage, who have never played a character or danced choreography, really blossom on stage. Then (more…)

Feline Finesse Dance Company

Feline Finesse Dance Company, better known as “FFDC,” is an all-female, youth dance troupe originating from the heart of the Bayview district of San Francisco, California. They self-identify thru genres of Hip Hop, West African, and Afro funk. Most importantly, they philosophize a sisterhood of love and self-respect. They simply encourage, empower, and finesse. Finesse or get Finessed!

FFDC’s mission is to “create a safe haven for young ladies to be able to freely, creatively, and artistically express themselves through dance; while empowering them to reach their full potential, goals, and dreams;” They philosophize in the technique(s) of dance; but, most importantly, in a sisterhood of love and respect. They not only teach choreography, but also educate their young ladies in dance (fundamentals, technique, history), sophistication, self-respect, and poise. Their company currently holds young ladies of all shapes and sizes in ages ranging from 5 years old to 17 years old. Feline Finesse is a company of RESPECT, INTEGRITY, and UNITY. They expect all young ladies to carry themselves as such.

Lilla Pittman, FFDC’s Director and Choreographer, feels that what separates her young ladies from the rest is their bond. The sisterhood that has been created amongst these young ladies is not only phenomenal, but unbreakable. It shines thru and (more…)

Dance Forever

Dance Forever in Clearwater, Florida, was founded in 2011 by its present owners, Troy Agresta and Cathy Nelson and just celebrated its 5th Anniversary in May. Troy and Cathy founded Dance Forever because they wanted to create a sense of community where staff and students felt welcome, valued and encouraged.

They describe themselves as the home of fair and open pricing, friendly people and a fun environment. They have been told that people can feel the difference when they walk through the door – a difference created by their warm and welcoming staff and students!

They believe that their studio is set apart from other dance studios because they help overcome obstacles and inspire their students to dream a bigger dream for themselves, to have patience and to persevere. Many adults have always dreamed of learning to dance with a partner and are apprehensive based on preconceived notions that they need something they do not already have and according to Dance Forever, the truth is it is never too late to get started becoming the dancer you want to be.

According to Dance Forever, many other studios use an old (and in our opinion outdated) business model with canned scripts and sales based tactics (more…)