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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…)

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…)

Studio of The Month – Broadway Training Center

Broadway Training Center (BTC)   in Hastings on Hudson, New York is celebrating their 25th season this year. Located in a historic landmark building, BTC has a small town feel with big time professionals. They have comprehensive training in dance techniques at every level plus acting, voice, and Musical Theater departments for Kindergarten through 12th graders and adults! They offer classes 6 days a week throughout the school year and summer performing arts programs Kindergarten students through Adults. Their classes include various levels and combinations of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Voice, Music, Improv, Hip Hop, Drama, Acting, Musical Theater, Broadway Jazz, Vocal Performance Cabaret, and Storyteller Theatre.

Their mission is to inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, educate and empower artists and audiences. BTC is a not for profit 501c3 organization run by a board of directors and a small administrative team.

Broadway Training Center of Westchester, under the artistic direction of Jason Brantman and Fiona Santos, was recently awarded Best Theatre Classes in Southern Westchester by Westchester Magazine.  This premier performing arts school provides children, teens, and adults with Broadway oriented performing arts training focusing on the joy of accomplishment and the enrichment of personal expression through classroom and performance work.

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In Motion Training Center Interview with Lona Smith

In Motion Training Center (IMTC) in Hemet, California, offers a high degree of dance training, technical skills, proper tumbling technique, fresh choreography, and fun events throughout the year for all their students, recreational and competitive. According to Lona Smith, Office Manager and Instructor, the owners are ethical and highly qualified. They offer their services in a bully-free, equitable environment, where all students interact harmoniously and encourage and congratulate each other.

Four very important items that sets IMTC apart from other dance studios are: (1) Lifelong skills that are instilled in them at IMTC, which go beyond their dance and tumbling skill set are confidence, integrity, teamwork, respect, humility, good sportsmanship, camaraderie, and of course, seeking the upper echelon of any given activities they pursue in life; (2) By negating cliques and controlling bullying, the students are “unleashed” to perform at their very best, and subsequently excel at a much faster pace; (3) Professionalism with compassion: Every student matters at IMTC. At IMTC they take each student and guide them so that the student progresses to the next level; and (4) IMTC’s annual recital, Imagine, is a production of unparalleled pageantry for their students, families, friends, and local residents. The student’s pleasure and (more…)

Dance Concepts Interview with Erica Ethington

Dance Concepts (DC) in Sandy, Utah, is home to some of the most amazing, talented, kind, bright young people in Utah.  According to Erica Ethington, Director, they train well rounded dancers and care about who they are (and are becoming) as much as they care about the height of their grand jetes.  Dance Concepts is a fun, family friendly dance studio in Sandy, Utah, offering classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Stretch and Conditioning, and Tumbling For Dancers. They also offer many classes including classes for the younger set such as Dance With Me (often called a “Mommy and Me” class), First Steps, Petite Performers, and Rising Stars.  Their Summer Dance Classes include Dance With Me (Ages 2 to 3), Ballet Cinema  (Ages 4 to 7 ), Dance Technique, Conditioning For Dancers, Ballet With Erica, Contemporary Movement, Hip Hop, Flexibility Focus.

DC has competition teams that have been dancing with them for years and they are very proud of them. They also have a lot of dancers that just come in once a week for their single class. What really makes them different than a lot of studios is they believe that the once a week classes deserve the same awesome (more…)

Gus Giordano Dance School Interview with Amy Giordano

According to Amy P. Giordano, Executive Director, Gus Giordano Dance School (aka GUS) in Chicago, Illinois, has been teaching the highest quality of dance instruction since 1953. Founded by Gus and Peg Giordano and is currently under the direction of Amy Giordano. This is a family run business that trains dancers age 2 to professionals in all styles: Giordano Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Pointe, Ballroom and more.

In Amy’s opinion, one of the things that makes their dance studio distinctive is the fact that Gus Giordano Dance School has trained more dancers than any other institution in the Chicagoland area. Gus Giordano’s mission was to spread the gift of dance to all and provide the best quality training. The atmosphere at GUS is warm and inviting, which encourages all students to reach their potential. The present staff at Gus Giordano Dance School is honored to continue Gus’ legacy.

Amy’s proudest moment was when the street in front of the School was dedicated to her father as a tribute to him. The City of Chicago approved the Clark street dedication and their dancers performed a flag parade throughout the neighborhood as the community, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several local Aldermen came together (more…)

East Bay Dance Center Interview with Bonnie Sita

East Bay Dance Center (EBDC) in Oakland, California, creates more confident kids through dance. East Bay encourages their students to cross train in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, African Dance and tumbling.  They emphasize individual accomplishment, team work and a non-competitive supportive atmosphere.

In the opinion of Bonnie Sita, Executive Director, their dance studio stands out among other dance studios because they believe in teaching the “whole child” and enhancing confidence and life skills through dance. They do this by recognizing that every child is uniquely talented and feel it is their honor to support them in taking this talent to its ultimate expression.  Everyone is a star in their studio!  They also partner with the parents to provide what they really want and need – a supportive, safe and fun activity for their child that is making them stronger, smarter and more confident. In 2003, East Bay was named “Best Dance Studio in East Bay” by Oakland Tribune and in 2014, Parents’ Press named them “Best of the East Bay.”

Bonnie’s proudest moments coaching is\ when she watches the kids that she taught grow up in the studio and then come back and work for her during the summer as teenagers and young (more…)

Fusion Dance Force Interview with Nancy Preiser

dance performanceNancy Preiser, Office Manager, describes Fusion Dance Force in Holbrook, New York, as a pre-professional dance studio for dancers 2 to 19 years of age. They offer classes in every style of dance from a recreational level to competitive teams. Their teachers are all professionals in the industry, regularly traveling across the country for master classes and setting of choreography. Their studio is a family friendly environment that creates a positive learning atmosphere for all dancers involved.

She believes that what separates their studio from others is the level of teaching offered in their studio. Their weekly faculty includes, Danny Tidwell, Destini Rogers and Billy Larson as well as their directors, Kyle Preiser and Amanda Anderson. All of their dancers are trained as a professional would be. Their students are given a core foundation based around respect and hard work while also maintaining the highest level of dance training there is.

One of her proudest moments is actually something they experience on an event to event basis. Their studio is fairly new (going into their 4th year currently) so they constantly have a bunch of new kids coming in from all different places to form this team. However, you would never know it. (more…)

Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance Interview with Dana McGuire

Team PhotoPriscilla and Dana’s School of Dance in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area, is a place to learn, grow and have fun. They provide dance instruction for dancers of all ages and abilities. According to Dana McGuire, Co-Owner of Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance, dancing and owning their own studio runs in the family especially, when you consider that Priscilla is Dana’s mom.

Dana believes that every studio is unique in its own way. She believes that P and D has an unbelievable staff.  They all love what they do, and truly want what is best for each dancer.  In addition, their dancers are very well-rounded.  One of the most common (and rewarding) compliments they get from judges is how versatile their dancers are. They excel in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop.

Since 1969, Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance has provided professional dance instruction in both recreational and competitive classes in tap, ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz and hip hop for children ages 3 and up.

They provide their dance classes in two formats – Combination Classes and Technique Young Girlclasses. All combination classes (i.e., ballet/tap/jazz) perform a routine in P and D’s annual recital. P and D’s specialized technique classes are (more…)

Elite Dance Studio Interview with Dyan Lopez-Fiamengo

Elite Dance StudioDynamic, inspirational, motivational, impressive, nurturing, educational, technical, family feel, inviting, quaint, one on one training, personable, and energetic feel – that is how Elite Dance Studio Rolling Hills Estates, California is described.

Their instructors have worked with top industry professionals and artists! They bring a fresh perspective and top technique to every student; Whether it is the student’s first dance class or they are a seasoned young professional, everyone receives an elite education in dance and movement.

According to Dyan Lopez-Fiamengo,  Owner and Director, they are a hands-on studio. They use muscle memory techniques, resistance training, core training, and have a strong technical foundation in all of their training.  They offer instruction in a small class setting focusing on quality, not quantity, getting the maximum results in a short period of time. Dancers come to us with little or no training and in one year they are competing against the top studios in the State beating most of them.

Dyan has several proud moments like watching her students dance on Broadway, dance and choreograph for Britney Spears, Prince, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Rockettes, start their own dance teams at the local high schools, choreograph for Dancing With the Stars, Hough brother Sister team, etc. But (more…)